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Kinetic exercise for public broadcasting

An assignment found in a 1981 program of the Communication Design course, by Hans-Ulrich Allemann, at Philadelphia College of Art:

A kinetic exercise assignment of minimum five, maximum ten steps, for a Television station identification, using the existing Public Broadcasting System logo with a number twelve, the number of the Philadephia TV channel (1st-semester assignment).

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Motion Design Poetry

A motion design assignment by Chris Pullman, published in 2014 on his website, given at the Graphic Design Masters Program at Yale.

One of the projects I assign, near the end of the semester, involves the visualization of poetry. I offer my students four or five audio files of poets reading their own poems. I ask them to listen to them all, then select one to work with.

He points out the objective of this assigment:

The objective is to shift the designer’s thinking from “composition” (getting all the elements into just the right spot and freezing them) to “choreography” (planning the path and behavior of multiple elements within the same time space).

Two examples are published on his website.

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Participate in Wiki Loves Monuments

Students produce photos in order to participate in “Wiki Loves Monuments“, an annual international photographic competition held during the month of September.

Students will have to identify historical monuments and heritage sites in their surroundings, take photographs, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons.

The list of sites is specific to each participating country. A list of participating countries can be found on this page.

For Switzerland, the participants have to take photos among this list of cultural properties.

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A music app for seniors

An idea for a UX design assignment that emerged while listening to the Wireframe podcast Episode 2 of Season 3, where Miriam Johnson asks:

Now, imagine this: you’re tasked with designing a music app that is specifically for seniors, and you had no idea how to do that, and you’d never done anything like it before.

Miriam Johnson, at 10:50

The podcast features an interview with Sophie Kim, a product designer at Studio Red, about how she worked on an app called Octave, where the typical user is 65 years old and passionate about classical music.

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Movie poster group photo

Students have the task to create an archetypical “Movie poster group photo”. They form groups, and select a movie genre they will be working in (comedy, sci-fi, thriller, super heroes…). They will chose a setting, costumes, accessoires…

They may need to use effects such as green-screen backgrounds, projected background, artificial smoke.

They will need to apply postproduction to match the tone and atmosphere of the chose genre.

Finally, the photograph needs to be combined with typography and movie poster credits.

Some examples of different group photo styles:

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reverse-engineer an interface

In this assignments, students have to reverse-engineer a digital interface, such as an app, a website, or a digital terminal (e.g. an ATM).

They need to :

  • Identify a workflow they will analyse and reverse-engineer.
  • Select the screens they will work on.
  • Re-create the screens, using an interface design software.
  • Create wireframes.
  • Create a raw sketch.
  • Create a basic style guide / pattern library / interface inventory.

Some write-ups of similar exercises:

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sketchnote a TED talk

Produce visual notes for a conference or talk. This is a common exercice in classes and workshops that teach “The Art of Visual Notetaking“.

A typical assignment is the TED Talk by Margaret Gould Stewart, How giant websites design for you.

Writeups:

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a page from another world

An assignment by Golan Levin and Claire Hentschker, at CMU School of Art, in 2018:

Students were asked to write code which generates “a page from another world”: a composition of asemic writing, to be rendered by a computer-controlled Axidraw plotter.

Links

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designing an election campaign

In a class at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), by instructor Gary Rozanc, students received the following assignment:

You will be designing an election campaign for a Baltimore City Councilman.

The project is conducted by teams of four. Steps included:

  • Researching political campaigns at the local level
  • Conducting an interview with a councilman who is running for election.
  • Creating a Project Brief & Production Schedule.
  • Give a 10 to 12 minute presentation on why your design decisions are the best choices for the client.
  • Submitting final campaign files.
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fictitious mobile application

Create a fictious mobile application, with a prototyping app (Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision…).

Found in the student portfolio of ​​​​Felecia Wilkins, from Elon University, assigned in Visual Aesthetics class: https://feleciawilkins.wixsite.com/portfolio