WRA 360 syllabus schedule modules miscellaneous

Readings are all available on our class D2L site (https://d2l.msu.edu).
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WORK DUE  
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1
M 1/12
   
       
 
W 1/14
Schriver, “What is Document Design?”
Markel, “Designing the Document”

 
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2
M 1/19
NO CLASS--MLK DAY  
       
2
W 1/21
Dobrin, Keller, and Weisser, Chapter 2: "Rhetoric and Technical Communication"
Ehses and Lupton, selection from Rhetorical Handbook
 
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3
M 1/26
Sturken and Cartwright, Chapter 1 from Practices of Looking: “Practices of Looking: Images, Power, and Politics”  
       
3
W 1/28
Davis, "The Elements of the Page"
Cullen, "Structure and Organization"
Lynch and Horton, Chapter 7 from Web Style Guide 3: “Page Design”
draft of Module 1 due

 
       
3
Sat 1/31
Module 1 due by midnight  
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4
M 2/2
Lipton, Introduction to Designing Across Cultures
Oliu, Brusaw, and Alred, "Using Graphics to Communicate Internationally"
 
       
4
W 2/4
Spiekermann and Ginger, "Type is Everywhere"
Heller, Introduction to Typology
 
       
4
Sat 2/7
Module 2 due by midnight  
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5
M 2/9
Williams, "Readability and Legibility"
White, "Text"
Before & After, "Design Below the Line"
 
       
5
W 2/11
Cullen, "Typesetting Factors"
Before & After, "Callout Ideas"
 
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6
M 2/16
Williams, "Four Principles of Conceptual Presentation Design"
Reynolds, Chapter 6 from presentationzen: "Presentation Design"
 
       
6
W 2/18
Haslam, "What is a Book?"
Haslam, "Covers and Jackets"

 
       
 
Sat 2/21
Module 3 due by midnight  
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7
M 2/23
Xerox, "International Color Guide"
"Color and Appetite Matters"
Morton, "Taking the Color of Medications Seriously"
Bengal, "Pink & Blue"
Szantó, "The Color of Revolution"
 
   
7
W 2/25
Baer, "Process: Prototypes and Testing"
Cerejo, "Design Better and Faster with Rapid Prototyping"
Module 4 Activity 4 due for workshopping
 
       
7
Sat 2/28
Module 4 due by midnight  
       
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8
M 3/2
at least three "Day in the Life…" readings posted on D2L  
   
8
W 3/4
NO CLASS--I AM OUT OF TOWN  
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SPRING BREAK
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9
M 3/16
Harper, Introduction to Radical Graphics
Heller, "Cheapskate Design"
 
   
9
W 3/18
NO CLASS--I AM OUT OF TOWN

 
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10
M 3/23
Before & After, "How to Design Motion"
Before & After, "Make a Theme"
 
   
10
W 3/25
Before & After, "Frame Shop Logo Makeover"  
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11
M 3/30
Aoki, Boyle, and Jenkins, Bound by Law
Moll, “Good Designers Copy, Great Designers Steal”
Moll, “Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign”

 
   
11
W 4/1
draft of Module 5 due  
       
11 Sat 4/4 Module 5 due by midnight  
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12
M 4/6
Dragga and Voss, "Cruel Pies: The Inhumanity of Technical Illustrations"
Doumont, "Verbal Versus Visual: A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures, too"
 
   
12
W 4/8
Markel, "Choosing the Appropriate Kind of Graphic"
Wilbur and Burke, "Explaining How Things Work"
 
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13
M 4/13
Kimball and Hawkins, chapter excerpt, "Variables in Print Format"
Williams, "Flyers"
Before & After, "Design a Multi-purpose Flyer"
Before & After, "Design a Flier that Sells"
 
   
13
W 4/15
Before &After, "How to Design a Small Poster"
Before & After, "Design a Brochure of Squares"
Before & After, "Design a Story-style Brochure"
 
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14
M 4/20
Kimball and Hawkins, "Production"
 
   
14
W 4/22
draft Module 6 due for in-class workshopping  
       
14
Sun 4/26
Module 6 due by noon  
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15
M 4/27
Lannon, "Instructions"
E3 Media Group, "How to Make Instructional Videos that Won't End Up on a 'Worst of' List"
Before & After, "Draw Great Visual Instructions"
 
   
15
W 4/29
Hansen, "Your Job Skills Portfolio"
Mathers, "Your Online Portfolio"
 
       
15
Sun 5/2
Module 7 due by noon  
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F
W 5/6
any revised work due by 5pm
       
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dànielle nicole devoss | devossda@msu.edu

syllabus modules miscellaneous