Please note that this is a draft schedule and will inevitably change to some extent.

   1    |    Sept 2     |     Getting Started


In Class

  • Introductions
    • About the Class
    • syllabus review
    • course structure
    • expectations
    • resources
      • people
      • tutorials
        • Lynda
        • Mode Lab
      • others
      • websites, links page, editable by students
        • design sites
        • suppliers
      • digital tools and craft
      • crafting digital tools
      • Creative Process Journal
        • CPJ requirements
          • results of every workshop
          • weekly posts
            • first half – research posts (input)
              • gather research- books, journals, online, images
              • bibliography and direct links
              • thoughts on these inputs
              • develop “your” research question
            • second half – process documentation (factory)
              • persistent photo-documentation of experiments and process – snapshots are ok
              • in-progress evaluations
              • formulation of questions -technical and conceptual
            • end – final documentation and presentation (output)
              • revise front page of CPJ
            • bi-weekly comments on other’s CPJ
            • maintain organization
          • Tutorial: Setting up a WordPress site

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  • Holland
  • Workshops
    • Group I – with Ryan – Intro to Rhino and quick peek at Grasshopper
    • Group II – with Annet – navigating resources online

Homework

  • Reading
    • Creative Process Journal essay
    • Digital Craft essay by Neri Oxman
  • Sites
    • CPJ
      • refine WordPress site for your CPJ
      • style it to you liking
      • Begin input into your CPJ
    • Class site
      • Join the class site
      • review the “how-to”
    • Tutorials (do at least one of the following sub-items )
      • Rhino 5 tutorials on Lynda – watch Intro and get through Chapter 10
        • Ch 1-5 – interface and workflow (review & niceties, may skip)
        • Ch 6-10 – modeling (the real meat)
        • Ch 11-15 – extras (some topics that may be useful)
      • Grasshopper [review]
        • Introduction to GH
        • Working with Data Trees
        • Advanced Data Trees
        • Parametric Pleating

 

   2    |    Sept 9     |     Weaving Code


In Class

  • Check-in as a group
  • Weaving workshop by visiting artist Mary Small
  • Workshops- split & switch
    • Lecture, introduction, drafting and on the loom
    • digital weaving in Grasshopper
      • binary
      • boolean logic
      • data management

Homework

 

Week 3  |  9/16  | Origami & Electronics I


In Class

  • Intro to Electronics I: Electricity, components, circuits, and Arduino Basics by Paul Mirel
  • Origami workshop with David Kandel

Homework

  • Try out topics learned in workshop.
  • Document and upload work to your CPJ.
  • Continue “input” collection in your CPJ.
  • Continue software tutorials.

 

 

Week 4  |  9/23   Electronics II: I/O  &  Individual Meetings


In Class

  • intro to electronics/Arduino II: outputs. with Paul Mirel
  • individual meetings regarding research project (sign up)
  • 9:30-10:00 pm meeting with students on the Netherlands trip

 

Homework

  • Begin defining project- content, research question, and methodologies
  • Try out topics learned in workshop.
  • Document and upload work to your CPJ.
  • Continue “input” collection in your CPJ

 

 

Week 5  |  9/30 |  Electronics III -Inputs and Systems & optional Origami II


In Class

  • Intro to Electronics III: Inputs and Systems. by Paul Mirel
  • optional origami in depth workshop by David Kandel
  • or individual meetings with Annet and Ryan regarding research project (sign up)

 

Homework

  • refine project- content, research question, and methodologies
  • try out topics learned in workshop.
  • document and upload work to your CPJ.
  • continue “input” collection in your CPJ

 

 

Week 6 | 10/ 7 | Workshops TBD


In Class

  • optional workshops
  • open work time

Homework

  • continue “input” collection in your CPJ.
  • prepare research proposal.

 

 

 

Week 7 | 10/ 14 | Studio Work Time/Trip Netherlands 14-19 Oct. Dutch Design Week (DDW), www.ddw.nl/


In Class

  • Students in Netherlands
    • See itinerary
  • Students in Baltimore
    • Develop proposal/presentation
    • Individual technical consulting with Paul Mirel

Homework

  • Complete work for research proposal presentations
    • Side 1: Who are you? (Tell us your name share random but memorable piece of information about yourself.)
    • Slide 2: What do you make? (Tell us about your creative background and an example project/skill technique that might be relevant in relation to the Unravel the Code project.)
    • Slide 3: What is your topic of interest? (Explain your topic and why you find it fascinating. Be concise. Reference a contemporary artist/practitioner if you can).
    • Slide 4: What is your medium? (Explain what materials and tools you wish to use, what your approach is and what experiments you wish to carry out.)
    • Side 5: What is your question? Present a research question that guides/stimulates/challenges your production.
  • Upload your 5 slides as a single pdf – letter sized landscape by noon on Tuesday

 

Fall Break Oct 17-20

 

Week 8  | 10/21  |  Presentations


In Class

  • research proposal presentations for all students with outside input/guests

Homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • collect and publish documentation

 

 

Week 9 |  10/28 |  Hands-On R&D and Meeting

In Class

  • work time
  • individual meetings
  • continuous documentation

Homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CJP

 

 

Week 10|  11/4 |  Hands-On R&D & Optional Workshop – Driven Mechanisms



In Class

  • workshop- intro to driven mechanisms: servo motors and simple machines by Paul Mirel
  • work time
  • individual meetings
  • continuous documentation

Homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CJP
  • determine and post a timeline for the remainder of the semester

 

 

Week 11  |  11/11 | Visiting artist: Di Mainstone

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In Class

 

Homework

  • continue research
  • gather materials
  • continue work in CJP

 

Week 12  |  11/18 |  Hands-On R&D


In Class

  • optional workshop
  • work time
  • individual meetings
  • continuous documentation

Homework

  • Continue research.
  • Gather materials.
  • Continue work in CJP.

 

Week 13  | 11/25 – Thanksgiving Break

 

Week 14  | 12/2 – In-Progress Presentations/Crit


In Class

  • in-progress presentations by half of the class
    • research
    • functional prototype
    • final product in final stages
  • work time

Homework

  • Final production.
  • Continue work in CJP.

 

Week 15  |  12/9 |  Production


In Class

  • Complete final product.
  • Continuously document.

Homework

  • final product
  • work on presentation
  • Continue work in CJP.

 

 

Week 16  |  12/16 |  Final Presentation


In Class

  • Public exhibition of work.
  • Presentation of research, creative process, and final product.

 

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