Princeton University
Visual Arts Program
VIS 415, I-n-t-e-r-f-a-c-e
Tuesdays, 1:30–4:20 pm
Spring 2021
This studio course builds on the skills and concepts of the 200-level Graphic Design classes. VIS 415 is structured around one semester-length assignment which connects graphic design to the design of software interfaces. The single project allows an individual in-depth investigation of a broader class assignment and will leverage the online setting with students working together to refine their individual projects through a mix of critique and user testing. Studio work is supplemented by guests, readings, and lectures. The course will explore information design and visual problem solving specifically for electronic media.

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February 2, 2021
At the third stroke, the time will be ...

Reading

Resources
Why time feels so weird in 2020
Geoff McFetridge for Apple Watch
Figma
February 9, 2021
Zapotecs & Pulsars

Reading
From-Sundials-to-Atomic-Clocks.pdf (Jane Fitz-Randolph and James Jespersen)

Resources
Mesoamerican Calendar
Natural and Conventional Signs, exhibition tour by Ryan Gander
February 16, 2021
Olivetti’s Interfaces

Reading
Design-Interface.pdf (Gianni Barbacetto)
By-Design.pdf (Alice Rawsthorne)

Resources
Domus
Utopia, Abandoned
March 2, 2021
Design Noir

Reading
Design Noir (Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne)
Speculative Everything (Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne)

Resources
http://dunneandraby.co.uk/
How to Build Scenarios (Wired)
March 9, 2021
Natural and Conventional Signs or, Bones are as good as bills

Resources
These are the markers of our time
https://ryanganderarchive.com
March 23, 2021
Antenna Design

Readings

Resources
https://antennadesign.com
March 30, 2021
Press Start to Begin

Reading
The-Interface-Experience.pdf (Kimon Keramidas)

Resources
http://interface-experience.org
April 6, 2021
A  Note on the Time

Reading
A-Note-on-the-Time.pdf (Dexter Sinister)

Resources
I-am-a-Handle.pdf (Rob Giampietro)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Time_Protocol
April 13, 2021
Time as money as fonts

Reading
Fonts-as-Money.pdf (Sarah Gephart)

Resources
Code-an-Essay.pdf (Paul Ford)

Visitor
Sarah Gephart
April 20, 2021
Reading a wave

Reading
Reading-a-Wave.pdf (Italo Calvino)

Resources
Köln Waves / Blues (Seth Price)
April 27, 2021
Desktops & Trashcans

Reading
Soft-Copy.pdf (David Reinfurt)

Resources
Muriel Cooper Information Landscapes
May 4, 2021
Final review

Reading

Resources
Fruitful School
Laurel Schwulst 
Beautiful Company
Flight Simulator
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