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Course Schedule

This schedule is subject to change based on student needs. Please check it regularly to stay up-to-date on assignments.

The following abbreviations are used in the schedule below:
DDTC- Document Design: A Guide for Technical Communicators by Kimball & Hawkins
NDDB- The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams

All other readings available as PDFs linked from the schedule below

 
WEEK 1- Introductions and Getting Started

TH 8/22:
Class Activities

 
WEEK 2- What is Document Design?

T 8/27:
Reading

Class Activities

 

TH 8/29:
Reading

Class Activities

  • Discuss reading
  • Look at samples in Design Idea files

 
WEEK 3-Visual Rhetoric

T 9/3:
Reading (PDFs)

Class Activities

TH 9/5:
Reading

Class Activities

 
WEEK 4- Visual Rhetoric

T 9/10:
Reading

Class Activities

  • discuss readings
  • Analysis using readings and case study of the California Avocado Commission's rhetorical approach


TH 9/12:
Class Activities


 
WEEK 5- Visual Rhetoric

T 9/17:
Class Activities

  • In-class workday- bring image for Annotated Visual Analysis assignment


TH 9/19:

Class Activities

  • In-class workday- bring image for Annotated Visual Analysis assignment


 
WEEK 6 - Working with Type

T 9/24:
Class Activities

  • Draft due for in-class peer feedback- Annotated Visual Analysis assignment


TH 9/26:
Reading

  • NDDB- "Working with Type"- pages 145-200

Class Activities


 
WEEK 7-Working with Type and Design Basics

T 10/1:
Reading

  • DDTC Chapter 6- "Type"

Class Activities

  • Watch Helvetica
  • discuss film and readings

TH 10/3:
Class Activities

 

 
WEEK 8- Design Basics

T 10/8:


TH 10/10:
Reading

  • NDDB- pages 1-90

Class Activities

  • Directions for Flyer Design assignment
  • in-class CRAP principle activity


 
WEEK 9-Design Basics

T 10/15:
Reading

  • NDDB Chapter 8- "Extra Tips & Tricks"

Class Activities

  • Photoshop demo part II- layers, transformations, adjustments, color, and filters
  • Work on Flyer Design assignment

Last day to drop with a "W"


TH 10/17:
Class Activities

  • In-class workday for Flyer Design (bring flyer and draft ideas on paper)



 
WEEK 10-Design Basics

T 10/22:
Reading

  • DDTC Chapter 2- "Principles of Design"
  • DDTC Chapter 5- "Pages"

Class Activities

  • Discuss readings
TH 10/24:
Class Activities
  • In-class workday for Flyer Design (bring flyer and electronic files)
 
WEEK 11- Page Layout

T 10/29:
Class Activities


TH 10/31:
Reading

  • DDTC- Chapter 4 "The Whole Document"


Class Activities

 
WEEK 12- Working with Design Resource and Images

T 11/5:
Class Activities

  • In-class work/design time- project planning

11/7:
Reading

  • DDTC Chapter 7- "Graphics"
  • RWDW Chapter 2- "Taking Advantage of Clip Art" (PDF)
  • RWDW Chapter 3- Working with Photographs" (PDF)

Class Activities

 
WEEK 13- Putting it All Together

T 11/12:
Readings

  • DDTC- Chapter 9 "Lists, Tables and Forms"

Class Activities

Revised Flyer and Reflection Memo Due

TH 11/14:
Class Activities

Week 14- Project Development

T 11/19:
Class Activities

TH 11/21:
Class Activities

 
THANKSGIVING BREAK

M 11/25 - F 11/29:

Class cancelled for break

 
WEEK 15- Finalizing Projects

T 12/3:
Class Activities

TH 12/5:
Class Activities

  • Course review and class wrap-up
  • In class work/design time
 
EXAM WEEK

T 12/10:

Share final Undergraduate Program Advising Brochures

Final Revised Undergraduate Program Advising Brochure and Reflection Memo Due