Session 5B | Apr 03, 2017

Session 5B | Apr 03, 2017


During today's sessions each team will choose one design and one story to further develop.

Today not only your designs should be finished, but you should start analyzing the way you are about to make your design a (virtual or physical) reality, and the steps you need to undertake to prepare the video and everything you need to make it.

Remember, learning software itself is easy: where people usually fail is lack of pre-production and planning. Once you have a clear idea of what you want to make, you should make a plan of action, literally listing all the steps you need to take. Once you have a good plan of action, you will be engage in learning new software more actively because you will know exactly what questions you need to search for.

In Class


Microlecture: Form Analysis

Form Analysis is a process where you define in great details visual aspects of your designs, focusing on two question: “how this looks?”, and “how do I make this?” The main goal of form analysis is to resolve all questions about design and guide the production. Form Analysis should be performed (as part of Assignment #2) by all students whose team roles include making object (virtual, physical or even interfaces) as well as visual designers and cinematographer (who can -instead of the designed object/space- focus on “designing” the visual composition of each shot, in collaboration with film makers).

For digital and model makers, please consult the Rhino tutorials on this website on several modeling options – knowing the most common modeling operations can help you make a more informed form analysis.

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Microlecture: Story Analysis

The focus of this project (and “critical / speculative” design in general) is not on design itself (at least not in usability and technical terms), but an emotional and social impact that your design would have in our present cultural context, or close future. Therefore the story through which you present the impact of your design is as important as design iteslf. Through story analysis each team will create a storyboard that details every important shot of the planned video. The importance of this detailed storyboard is two-fold: first, it should detail the script and resolve all question about “what is the video we’re making?” as well as serve as a production guideline answering to the question “what do we need exactly for each of these shots?”

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Homework: Assignment #2

For Assignment #2, each team should prepare (and give in class) a 5-minute presentation of:

The ideal format of the presentation is PDF.

Each team must upload their PDFs to this website in advance, before the class!

Alternatively, teams can make a storyboard in form of a video. In that case, the video must be uploaded to online video hosting service such as Vimeo or YouTube, and the link to the video included in the post.

For any questions, either make comments to your posts, or post questions in Community Forums.


Students' Work

Leana, Lily, Salah
form & story analysis