Aesthetics of Interactive Design
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5195
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
Aesthetics and communication have always been intertwined, but the aesthetics of communication have attracted new attention to information visualization, data graphics, and user experience, for example: in our digitally mediated culture. Students in this class will analyze a broad spectrum of aesthetics, from qualities of symmetry and form to forms of creative participation in computer technology and human interaction. Weekly readings and discussion will address the technical and cultural developments related to computer graphics and interactive techniques. We will also review the work of leading web designers and examine a wide range of historical and contemporary case studies representing, for instance, social networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, online communities, etc. The final project will be a formal critique of an interactive screen-based work or multimodal installation.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to Graduate students.