A1. Visually Expressing Environments 

The visually expressing environments assignment is about experiencing, exploring, and documenting online, physical, and hybrid environments. Students will rapidly explore a set of environments to learn the methods and familiarize themselves with key environments issues. week 1 – 2

Reflection Questions

A2. Sketching Interactions in Environments

The sketching interactions in environments assignment is about sketching and prototyping interactions in a range of environments (i.e., online, physical, hybrid). week 3 – 4

Students investigate ways to communicate the interaction flow of an environment through playing and sketching experiences with prototyping tools in space. We expect students to demonstrate various design iterations by conducting series of  spatial experiments, which include methods of hacking and making. Students will investigate ways to hack existing products such as IFTTT, Phillips Hue and be introduced to design tools related to prototyping space.

A3. Environments Experience Design Story

Go on a field trip and document your chosen Environment. Use what you learned in A1 and A2 to tell a “design story”* about your experience with an environment in one of the following: (pick one Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Science Center, Warhol Museum).



*Design stories have two parts: how the world is based on your analysis and how you think the world aught to be based on your proposal.

Make sure to visit the physical place you chose to study. What web presence do they have? Is there an app for mobile devices? How are the physical and digital environments connected? Weeks 1-5.

A4. Prototyping Learning Environments

The prototyping a futures oriented design studio as a learning environment. Students will explore what the design studio learning environment of the future might be. Students will explore the online, physical, and hybrid learning environments scenarios. week 5 – 7

Project Deliverables for all assignments:
(1) 200×200 pixel thumbnail for project with 35 word description (e.g., one sentence).
(2) Link to process work. Documented real in-progress process (not process fictions). Document and reflect on your design process as you work.
(3) Self-reflection questions at end of assignment.
(4) Submit final files to Box folder.
(5) Intranet submission: All projects are required to be uploaded to the CMU Design intranet, complete with imagery, descriptions, and links as appropriate. This is a requirement for all projects, so make sure you know how to log in, have the correct password, etc.

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