This course was developed in 2017 in collaboration with Federico Pérez Villoro. It runs in tandem with his GD for the Web class at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). This section is also in collaboration with Interactive 1 with Joanna Cheung and Interactive 1 with Max Batt.
This course will explore the possibilities of design online from a conceptual, historical and programmatic perspective.
We will celebrate the Internet as a space for social and creative exchange as well as medium for independent expression. However we will also question the cultural contradictions embedded in online discourse and the specious motivations of some individuals and entities behind online platforms.
Through projects, readings, workshops, and presentations we will explore the relevance of network technologies in the context of contemporary art and graphic design practices.
Students will learn basic HTML and CSS programming along with methods for conceptualizing, designing, and developing websites. Outcomes won't necessary be practical, nor pragmatically functional. Instead we will strive for a poetic understanding of design and the Internet as mediums for critical research and political action.
- Develop theoretical knowledge, technical understanding, and historical basis of the internet and design online
- Develop technical skills (HTML and CSS) to produce functioning websites
- Stimulate critical positions around design principles within networked technologies
- Analyze current digital aesthetics and their historical context
- Understand the social and cultural implications of information flows online
- Explore the Internet as a space that is public and private, and the corporate and political tensions embedded in such condition
- Gain insight into the contemporary landscape of Internet-based art and design practices
- Personal Laptop
- Sublime Text or Atomic for editing and updating code
- Github pages for website hosting
- Adobe CC for image/media generating and editing
- Phone, digital camera, scanner, screen capture etc.
- Each student will be responsible for presenting a short verbal summary of one reading, and leading a class discussion around it. Sign up for your week to present in this Google Doc.
- For every reading, each student must submit 3 questions to that week’s Google doc (viewable in the Calendar section of this website) before 5pm the day of the assigned reading discussion.
Mondays generally consists of any combination of the following:
- Reading presentation/discussion
- Topic lecture/discussion
- Project critique/discussion
- Group activity
Wednesdays generally consists of any combination of the following:
- Skill based workshop
- Personal working time
- One one one meeting
- 60% ... Projects
- 20% ... Exercises
- 20% ... Reading Presentation and Participation
Letter grades represent the following:
A = excellent;
B = good;
C = satisfactory;
D = unsatisfactory;
F = failure.
A grade of C- or less is considered a failing grade for required courses within the major, and you will need to retake this course if you achieve a grade lower than a C.
Attendance is required. Students are expected to be on time and remain in class for the entire period scheduled. Work missed due to any type of absence is the student’s responsibility. Three or more absences will result in a failing grade. Three arrivals later than 15 minutes after class begins equals an absence. If you absolutely must miss class, email me in advance.
Submitting your work
Any exercise or project that you submit for grading must be uploaded to your class website before each class. Even if you are done with your work on your local computer, it will be considered late work if it is not visible on your class website.
If a project is not uploaded on time, it will be docked one letter grade per class meeting that it is late. You can resubmit your work at the end of the semester with revisions to be regraded.
At the end of the term, you will be required to send me an archival .zip file to document your projects. If you do not send me the archive, you will fail the class.
Please follow the instructions below:
- Divide your materials into three folders: P1, P2, P3.
Within each project (P1, P2, P3) folder, make three new folders: Project, Documentation, Description.
- Put all of your project materials (code and required assets) into the Project folder.
- In the Documentation folder, place a video screen capture (made using Quicktime) to concisely document your project.
- Within the Description folder, place a text file containing a paragraph description of your project.
- When you make the .zip file, send it to me over wetransfer.com.
- When creating the archive, make sure your assets are optimized for web so that the file sizes are as small as possible
- Make sure every link on your class homepage is working.