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IAT 235 Week 6 Lecture

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Interactive Arts & Tech
IAT 235
Jack Stockholm

Experience Assignment Review: Make sure you're doing your research. Researching what you want to show, as well as how to show it. What tools best service that information? Examples we discussed: bullet graph, spark lines (show vector, high points, low points, end point, margins) How does tool map to information? How does it map to the criteria? What strategy? Research tools, play with tools, bend tools Design is always about innovating for context, consumer. Design right tool for the job. Refine sketches more! Don't just submit because he said submit. Sketch sketch sketch sketch. Try a lot of different types of things (horizontal exploration), keep going until you've exhausted all horizontal ideas, then go back through and explore vertically (drill down on individual ideas) Visual elements: formal properties: line, shape, colour, size, significance of each? What does every single one of those things MEAN? If it doesn't have a meaning, throw it out. If it isn't blatantly obvious, label it. Have strategy for labeling, unified. Labels another type of information to design. Organization methods and Gestalt Principles Good information design draws you in to something as stupid as the potato life cycle! Other tools: Pert Sequence Diagram (critical sequence), the steps that CANNOT be left out, alternate paths, indexing system. Can just show info, but indexing system allows you to discuss it, commit it to memory Gantt Planning - common in project management, list of dependencies, waterfall, shows causality, shows simultaneous events, can show critical path and margins Process diagrams - set of steps, if order, show it Documenting process For project: how do people move through physical space? How negotiate through it? How do they imagine and determine next step? Qualitative Data Quantitative (interval, numerical data, data is measured and statistical) vs Qualitative (nominal/ordinal, descriptive, word/explanations data, data observed) Shows differences, is descriptive, shows quality of experience, described in words rather than numbers, something we experience, not capture Data structures: chronol
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