Course logistics

Course meetings
  • Thursdays   10h15 – 12h00; 13h15 – 18h00
  • Fridays   08h15 – 12h00; 13h15 – 18h00


15% attendance & class participation
25% presentations
60% research documentation

Attendance of all class hours is strictly expected. Report all absences to the staff by email as early as possible. Multiple unexcused absences may affect your grade in greater proportion than the distribution given above.

Giving presentations

A very minimal amount of preparation can improve presentations greatly. Some guidelines:

  • Get some sleep. Even an hour or two can help clear your head.
  • Give it a practice run. Do the mirror trick or get a friend to be your test audience.
  • Always introduce yourself. Invited critics don’t know you.
  • Start with the pay-off. Be it that sexy rendering or the initial genius sketch, give the audience a reason to pay attention.
  • Use your representation. The presentation is a package usually including your narrative, a slideshow, animations, print boards, and physical models; figure out where each fits in the flow.
  • Explain less. The jury can read your drawings. Use titles and captions to steer their reading, provide concise, minimal narrative, and let them ask questions if anything is unclear.
  • Be conclusive. End the presentation by restating the pay-off and summarizing your message.
  • Take notes. Better yet, get a friend to so you can pay full attention. Then, be sure to review the notes, prioritize the feedback, and make a plan for further development.
  • Remember, it’s a dialogue. Your goal isn’t to leave your audience speechless, convinced that your project is an ideal solution. When the conversation starts, don’t be defensive.

Blog documentation

As a minimum, students are expected to publish one blog post per major deadline. Additional posts are highly encouraged and may reflect upon any aspect of your studio experience.
All blog posts must include:

  1. meta data: post title, single category, multiple tags
  2. post author(s): for single authors, this will happen automatically; however for multi-authored posts it is important to note every author
  3. source links: IMPORTANT! provide links to any and all studies that have influenced your work, either within the studio or without
  4. web-formatted original graphics, one or more of the following:
    • still images: JPG file | RGB, maximum quality, 3-scan progressive format | max 600 px width | descriptive title & caption | if illegible at this size, link to image of suitable resolution
    • animations: GIF or MOV file | max 600 px width | descriptive title & caption
    • embeddables: Google docs, Java applets &c.
    • explanatory text: min 100-200 words

Publication documentation

In addition to the low-resolution blog documentation described above, students are expected to collect high-resolution and native files for potential studio publications. This must be submitted on CD or DVD no later than 12h00 07 June. To make this as painless as possible, students should compile and archive the necessary files regularly throughout the semester, ideally coinciding with the assignment blog posts. Suggested file formats:

  • Raster graphics: TIF or JPG file | CMYK, maximum quality format | min. 300dpi
  • Vector graphics: native Illustrator, Vectorworks, or other file | organize layers according to lineweight
  • 3D models: native Rhino, or other file
  • Parametric definitions: native GHX, PDE, or other file
  • Animations: MOV file | min. 24fps, Millions of colors+, maximum quality format | min. 480i resolution
  • Text: DOC, RTF, or TXT file

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