Week Fourteen

Homework due this week

Begin working on your final presentation. I want to see your outline, or your rough draft of your slideshow. These can be rough, but I want to start seeing it develop as the last weeks of class progress. Also, continue on your sketches.

You will be expected to present a slideshow which you can compose in InDesign, Keynote, Google Docs Slides, or god forbid, PowerPoint. The final presentation will be on the last day of class, and you will have up to 7 minutes each to present. Minimum of 4 minutes.

Classwork:

Let’s talk about what I will be grading upon. I’ll go over my rubric.

We will do one last big sweep of the designs.

Here are some videos you need to watch:

Presentations

“GOOD”
“BAD”
• Start with interesting hook
• Big Voice (good projection)
• Smile, friendly, natural
• Passion, excited by topic
• Conversational tone
• Points are clear
• Use of humor, emotion
• Use of great visuals
• Use of video/movie segments
• Simple design, delivery
• Has a clear main point
• Confident body language
• Use of interesting examples
• Uses personal stories
• Clear pronunciation
• Gets audience participation
• Speaker asks questions
• Q&A, discussion time
• Feels like a journey
• Lots of photos/visuals
• Good time management
• Clear conclusion
• Has surprises, unexpected bits
• Makes audience think
• Is entertaining, fun
• Has new or “rare” info
• Variety of content
• Statistics *with* context
• Explains why not just what
• Makes the abstract tangible
• Changes pace periodically
• Uses original content
• Shows “the big picture”
• Not just lists of info
• Presenter is “authentic”
• Presenter is having fun
• Rambling, boring, slow start
• Small, weak voice
• Reading a script
• Reading text on slides
• Lots of text on slide
• No eye contact
• Looks at paper all the time
• No gestures
• Seems not confident
• Looks bored/disinterested
• Too long/too short
• Too complicated, confusing
• No attempt to simplify
• Material only memorized
• Ugly, amateur design of visuals
• No clear point
• No examples
• No stories
• Faces away from audience
• Repeats a point too often
• No audience participation
• Monotone, monopacing
• Seems unprepared
• Talks too fast
• No body movement
• Data overly complicated
• Charts are irrelevant
• Charts impossible to see
• Using jargon
• Speaks down to audience
• “Showing off” by using jargon
• Presenter not motivated
• Talk contains nothing new
• Speaking sounds memorized
• No flow, just many “points”
• Does not inspire or motivate

Class Thirteen

Homework due today:

Start pulling materials together for the presentations.

Some samples from earlier classes:  1  |  2  |  3

Do you need a Moqups account? Please let me know when you have your free account set up and the email address you used to get it.

Classwork

Crit of phone home pages! This is happening, people!

Discussion of Presentations

Presentations should be 5-7 minutes long.When you present your idea, you will need to have the following details covered:

  1. Your elevator pitch: the one sentence wrap up of what your idea/site/product can do and for whom. I always start with this, just to make sure everyone knows where we are going.
    • Remember, we decided that this will be a straightforward pitch: you are pitching your website either to funders or presenting your solution to a client who has solicited the website idea.
  2. Your conclusion from your competitive analysis: remember the initial research you did? Have some key examples ready to back up your claims. Show why your idea will solve a problem better than what is out there, prove it.
  3. Illustrate your knowledge of the target audience: tell a little bit about what you know about who you are trying to serve. Show respect and compassion.
  4. Walk through your sketches, being sure to highlight features or moments where you really serve the audience/user group well. You can talk about any surprises or challenges you encountered here.
    • You could add a clickable prototype in here, or your animations.
  5. Wrap up: tell us how your solution solves the issue at hand. Once again, remind us of the elevator pitch and tie the whole presentation up as a lovely, resolved narrative.

Homework

Begin working on your final presentation. Next week I want to see your outline, or your rough draft of your slideshow. These can be rough, but I want to start seeing it develop as the last weeks of class progress. Also, continue on your sketches.

You will be expected to present a slideshow which you can compose in InDesign, Keynote, Google Docs Slides, or god forbid, PowerPoint. The final presentation will be on the last day of class, and you will have up to 10 minutes each to present. Minimum of 5 minutes.

Class Eleven

Homework due today

Start your phone designs – I want you to work out the entire homepage for this, but see how far you get.

Classwork

  • Phone crits: what’s working, what is not working
  • Contact Forms: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5
  • More coding as needed
  • One-on-One
  • MetaMoment

Homework

Rework the phone designs: if the homepage is in good shape, go deeper!

Class Ten

Homework due today:

Try to wrap up the roughs of your website pages. Next week we will start really digging into the phone screens. As usual, nothing is final until the very last day.

Classwork:

Coding

Continue the coding from last week: this will be about half of today’s class.

Phone Design

Viewport Sizes  |  Template (there are so many out there, this is just a simple example)

Concerns:

Homework due next week

Start your phone designs– I want you to work out the entire homepage for this, but see how far you get.

 

Class Nine

Homework due today

  • Create one animated gif that explains a button style, a transition, or another element on your homepage. Be prepared to present it next week: I will grab them and show them one by one before we start working.
  • Continue refining your pages: finish wireframes, get the pages fleshed out. Start really honing in on details and finding solutions to the smaller details.

Classwork

  • Finish our critique of the home pages. There are 4 people to go, and anyone who needs some follow up is welcome.
  • Go over animated gifs that are ready for critique, troubleshoot any further issues.
  • Start talking a bit about code:
    • What is HTML?  |  HTML Handout
    • What is CSS? |  CSS Handout
    • How do they work together?
    • How does a responsive site work?
  • Code demo: code for you to download
    • We will work on this a bit over the next couple of weeks.

Homework:

Try to wrap up the roughs of your website pages. Next week we will start really digging into the phone screens. As usual, nothing is final until the very last day.

Here are some mouse pointers for your demos, in case you need them.

 

Class Eight

Homework due today:

  • Refined sketches of all major interior pages, I will try to meet with you, on a timer this time!
  • Typography fleshed out and applied

Plan for the day: Critique of the homepages you have thus far:

  • The goal for all of this is to give you what you need to move forward.
  • Give useful, constructive commentary. Remember, this is not about you liking what you see but figuring out if the designer is making something for the purpose, audience,a nd goal she has set for herself.

Classwork:

  • We will be doing a quick demo that will show you exactly how much fun these are. Download this file and prepare to have a blast!
    • Examples:  1  |  2  | 3  |  4  |  5

Homework

  • Create one animated gif that explains a button style, a transition, or another element on your homepage. Be prepared to present it next week: I will grab them and show them one by one before we start working.
  • Continue refining your pages: finish wireframes, get the pages fleshed out. Start really honing in on details and finding solutions to the smaller details.

 

Extra Credit Opportunity! Mobile Mayhem

mobilemayhem

Mobile Mayhem  |  Thursday, October 16th, 5:30-7:30pm
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

A look at Tomorrow’s Mobile through the eyes and minds of industry professionals from Google, Adobe, Drawbridge, Viacom & AKQA.

Come share an evening and learn from some of the biggest brands and creative pioneers who live in the world of Mobile technology and design.

Mobile is like a liquid – it seeks its own level. It impacts all that we do and causes us to check our devices over 100 times a day.

Where will the disruptions in mobile innovation take place over the next five years? How will Mobile Technology and Design evolve? What do you need to know to Create and Design for the Mobile platforms of tomorrow?

Come find out!! 

Parsons Students – Admitted FREE (Registration still a MUST).
This is an extra credit assignment for you, but honestly, you need to go! Come back next week with photos, a program, and some thoughts on what you learned.