ART3613C digital multimedia—spring 2019.
meets: 14:00 - 16:40, tuesdays & thursdays
instructor: thomas asmuth
office: 0082 / 0267
email: tasmuth /at/ u w f . e d u
phone: (850) 474 - 2998
Welcome to the Digital Multimedia course for the Spring 2019 semester.
mondays: 13:30 - 15:30
tuesdays: 09:00 - 10:00
fridays: (online/email, email@example.com): 09:00 - 10:30
*Subject to change, please check here often.
regular lab hours (held in the adv. / fab. labs):
*lab schedules will expand to address project time requirements
project and assignment details.
This section will track our goals and work to the calendar. As instructor, I reserve the right to make adjustments to the calendar to improve our experience this term. Any changes will be communicated during class and posted here within. You will get reviews throughout the semester for successful completion of homework, assignments, critique participation, etc. These points are tracked through out the semester. If you have a question about your standing on these points, please make an office appointment.
participation 10 pts.
The following participation assignments and tasks are weighted to total up to 5% of the overall grade. Your participation in the class: labs, quizzes, demonstrations, discussions, or any other events or small assignments (that are not Weekly Report or Reading Responses) that we do during the semester.
setup blog (one-time assignment)
Students will maintain a blog as a sketchbook and public portfolio for the work.
- Make a new blog, independent of previous courses or any concurrent courses.
- Login to your UWF mail account, navigate to the BLOGGER link, and start a blog exclusively for the materials in this course.
- You may name the blog whatever you wish
- you must use the Simple Template (you may customize colors, backgrounds, etc.)
- email the link to the instructor
- example: https://vimeo.com/179772354
set up Google Drive shared folder(one-time assignment)
This semester I would like you to turn in certain materials using Google Drive. You will log-in to your account and set up a shared folder with me.
- Create a new shared folder in Google Drive.
- Name with these conventions: lastnamefirstinitial _3613_sp19
e.g. Joe Smith will make a folder named smithj _3613_sp19
- Share this folder with instructor. firstname.lastname@example.org, please set to my permissions to 'can edit'
- Use the message option to notify instructor that the folder is up.
- Still confused on how to share? See this video
attendance at critiques (recurring)
Mandatory. Please see syllabus or email me for an appointment if this is unavoidable.
posting files as requested (recurring)
You will be making posts in a blog and uploading files to your shared Google Drive folder. You will be graded on the details and performance to follow instructions. Failure to follow the directions can result in a reduced or zero grade. The list of important details includes but is not limited to: deadlines, correct format (file type, size, resolution, etc.), failure to make separate posts, posting to the incorrect platform (Drive vs. Blog), etc.
blog posts 20 pts.
Think of this as your digital sketchbook. I will be asking for multiple entries in some weeks. Please note these categories:
- Reflections:Each week, there is an assignment to reflect on the week’s work in a separate post.. DO NOT confuse this with the other blog posts assigned. Each week will note a specific prompt. Demonstrate an examination of your week, not only a laundry list of your activities. See the week's HW assignment. Optional: High performing students will make multiple reflection posts per week. Ideas for this: Posts of images, videos, and audio are encouraged, but keep in mind these recordings need to be high quality.
- reading & responses:You are required to read assigned texts and write responses when directed. Reading responses should be short form between 300 to 1000 original words. You may quote from the article but, quotes are not to be counted toward word count. Identify and analyze key issues in the text. Students who simply summarize the reading will not receive credit for the entry.
- Research and Documentation:I am going to ask for SEPARATE posts at times t document you research, progress, and finished work.
- Anything elseI forgot at the moment. Make it a separate post. Other writings will be assigned which could include critical essays, reviews, project proposals, etc. Details will be announced in the calendar.
Academic Honesty: all compositions are to be works of original authorship with proper attribution. Students who simply summarize the reading or present texts from other authors will not receive credit for the entry; and such works are likely to be plagiarism. Plagiarism will be dealt with according to University policies and can lead to Expulsion per UWF conduct regulations . If you need guidance/education on proper academic techniques, please contact your instructor for a referral to the Writing Lab.
formal projects 70 pts
formal project 01: wearable objects
tl;dr: Students will design a 3D model and fabricate a wearable object that addresses conceptual and technical concerns and challenges hegemonic and assumptive solutions to product design.
This project is an introduction to the methods of 3D modeling and rapid prototyping to develop a 3D design of a 'wearable object' that will be rendered as a rapid prototype in FDM and SLA. Students need to take a look at all types of wearable items and find a personal connection to develop a concept for this project. The form and concept should challenge assumptions of object semiotics, use value, and/or traditional design aesthetics.
- effectively communicate a coherent idea of the cultural use value, the category of object, etc. (What's the story? How's it worn?);
- be designed with Fusion 360 and fabricated with 3D printing technology;
- be professionally delivered with excellent attention to finish and craft which support the concept/design;
- and be published on the Thingiverse repository.
- Students will be introduced to key concepts of product design such as object semiotics, material culture, etc.;
- will be able to effectively communicate a coherent narrative on a proposed design in written, image, and physical prototype;
- will be able to practice critical research into the design of an object;
- will be able to identify similar projects in technology, materials, and methods;
- and present a polished professional product at the deadline.
- Readings and other media will be assigned to assist in the development of a critical framework thinking about rapid prototyping and design. Reading/Media Responses will be assigned to reflect on the topics.
- Students will research and document at least 20 wearable objects on a blog post that begins to build a library of concepts, materials, and styles. Collect at least 20 images of wearable objects (more is fine). Make sure you find at least four (4) different 'categories of objects (i.e. I don't want 20 images only hats).
- Students will begin a series of workshops to practice the skills of basic 3D modeling and rapid prototyping. These exercises will develop skills in design software and proper preparations for 3D printing
- Students will develop a prototype and present on it in class as a public discussion/critique. Document your draft files for Project 01 with a written discussion of your ideas for the first project and our discussions in class. Please add an exported image or few of the Fusion design. This will outline the inspirations, plans, and technologies for the project. It should include at least one 3D model and possibly material thumbnails or photoshop mockups showing the physical characteristics (dimensions, materials, etc.) and the way a user interfaces with the appliance (attached to head, worn like armor or clothing, held with hands, others)
- Students will use in-class work periods to model, print, and build the interface for their project.
- An iteration prototype will be due a few weeks before the final is due. The draft will be printed in FDM We will critique these to allow you to make revisions.
- Students will use the Fab Lab, other art department labs, or UWF to design and fabricate the interface for the appliance
- Students will have an additional week to skillfully finish the final version printed in SLA such as sand, polish, apply finishes, etc.
- Students will take time to document the process carefully as they proceed to develop a good package of documentation which they will publish on their blog and as part of the Thingiverse repository. We will take the time to develop a rubric for your posts.
Delivery and Presentation
- Demonstration of a complete and resilient project on the critique day. Finished, professionally presented as worn or otherwise installed for critique and observation. Craft and attention to detail count. No wet paint, only completed projects, etc.
- Thorough documentation of the project published at Thingiverse that meets high standards for communication and clarity.
- Documentation on the artist(s) blog(s). Good images/video of the project clearly demonstrating the functions/use and an artist statement for the project.
formal project 02: Chimeras
formal project 02: artist presentation
formal project 03: Honor College client project
links will be populated after 1st week