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Week 1 In-Class Activity Due
1/9 introduction ---
1/11 definitions of rhetoric

- Read Foss (see email)

-Write in blog a response to the following: How does Foss define rhetoric? Describe in your own words what this means to you and offer a few examples.

- Find 2 other definitions of rhetoric and bring them to class. Be prepared to discuss how they are similar/different from Foss' definition.

Week 2 In-Class Activity Due
1/16 rhetoric through visuals

-Read Blair, "The Possibility and Actuality of Visual Arguments" (pp344-363)

-Write in blog a response to the following: What is Blair's main argument? Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

-Bring to class one example of a text you feel is a visual arugment. If you can't find one, bring a text you feel Blair might think is a visual argument.

1/18

rhetoric through multimodality

Project #1

- Read Kress, "Multimodality, Multimedia, and Genre" (38-54)

-Write in blog a response to the following: What does Kress mean by multimodality? Also, write down one sentence or point to a section that confuses you and try to deduce what Kress means.

Week 3 In-Class Activity Due
1/23 Photoshop

- Look at .psd resources

- If you have any photos you want to use for Project #1, bring to class (or email to yourself, or somehow make them available)

- MEET IN AML

1/25

iMovie Demo

Project #2

- Project #1 Due :: Present Project #1

- MEET IN AML

Week 4 In-Class Activity Due
1/30 iMovie

- Storyboard of Project #2

- MEET IN AML

2/1 iMovie peer review

- Draft of Project #2 due (enough that someone can look at your ideas and provide some feedback)

- MEET IN AML

Week 5 In-Class Activity Due
2/6 Presentations

- Either email me links to your projects by 10am, OR bring movies on CD.

- Project #2 Due

2/8 rhetoric of fonts and typography

- Read Keedy, "The Rules of Typography According to Crackpots Experts" (272-276)

-Read Helfand, "Electronic Typography: The New Visual Language" (277-281)

-Read Solomon, "The Power of Punctuation" (282-289)

-Write in blog a response to the following: You'll notice a distinction in these articles between typefaces and typography. First, describe what the difference is between typography and typefaces. Second, describe what you think Keedy means when he says "There is no such thing as a bad typeface...just bad typography." Third, pick out a sentence or section from Helfand or Solomon that interests you. Describe what it is that draws you to this particular idea.

Week 6 In-Class Activity Due
2/13 rhetorical strategies of design

- Read McCloud, From The Vocabulary of Comics (195-208)

- Read Horn, "Rhetorical Devices and Tight Integration" (372-374)

-Write in blog a response to the following: choose one device from the Horn piece, find an example that you think illustrates this device, and write about why. If you can include the image in your blog, that’d be exellent.

2/15 HTML

-MEET IN AML

-Look at HTML resources

Week 7 In-Class Activity Due
2/20 CSS Module

-MEET IN AML

- Read CSS lecture
- Read this if CSS makes you go "huh? what"?
- Read this if CSS makes you go "interesting, tell me more"

-Simple HTML page due

2/22 Dreamweaver

-MEET IN AML

- Look at Dreamweaver Resources

-Simple CSS page due

Week 8 In-Class Activity Due
2/27 Lab Time
- Work on Project #3
3/1

Rhetoric of Hypertexts

Project #4

- Read Bernstein's Hypertext Gardens

-Write in blog a response to the following: First, describe your experience of reading Hypertext Gardens, as well as your overall response to the piece. Second, describe what rhetorical choices the author made that you believe encouraged you to have these experiences and responses.

-Project #3 Due

Week 9 In-Class Activity Due
3/6 Rhetoric of Hypertexts

-Read Bernstein's Patterns of Hypertext

--Write in blog a response to the following: Which pattern do you think will work best for your hypertext for Project #4? Why?

3/8 Lab Time - Work on Project #4
SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK
Week 10 In-Class Activity Due
3/20

Lab Time
attendance will be taken, so BE THERE

- Work on Project #4

3/22 Peer Review Draft of Project #4 Due
-COMPLETE Peer Review in class today
Week 11 In-Class Activity Due
3/27 Lab Time : Rhetorical Strategies Workshop (IX)

MEET IN AML

3/29 Lab Time : AML MEET IN AML
Week 12 In-Class Activity Due
4/3

Presentations

Presentations

4/5

Presentations

Presentations

-Project #4 Due

Week 13 In-Class Activity Due
4/10

Information Architecture

Project #5

- Read "Organizing Information" by Rosenfeld and Morville
- Read "The Design and Development Process" by Williams

- Write in blog a response to the following: Based on the readings, what type of process and structure do you think will work best for your group given the content, timeline, and realities of project 5?

4/12

mockups

rhetoric of professional sites

Mockups and Pitch Presentation Due
Week 14 In-Class Activity Due
4/17 Professionalism and usability - Read "Testing For Usability" by Goto and Cotler
4/19 Usability Testing Alpha Version Due
Week 15 In-Class Activity Due
4/24 class evals/course overview important--be there!
4/26 Presentations Presentations

Final Version of Project #5 including letter and CD due Tuesday, May 1 by NOON
Individual Portfolio must be fully functioning and updated by Tuesday, May 1 at NOON