Still keeping humanity safe inside

ENGL | JOUR 4850 | 8856 Information Design | Mondays 5:30-8:10 | ASH 145



At the end of the semester, you will submit all documents for this class in a zipped folder and email it to the instructor. Use your last name for the folder. I'd like you to set up the directory structure as shown in this diagram.


Response to the Syllabus

For this assignment, I will ask you to respond to the syllabus (combination of the content of this course website and the content on the Bridgeford textbook website). I want to be sure you all are clear about what is expected from you in this class and to give you opportunities for raising questions about what I have planned. I also want to challenge you now to start being creative (but coherent) with a document that might otherwise seem to you to have great potential for being flat.

Write 250–500 words in response, using the following questions to guide you. (Please do not write your response as a sentence‐by‐sentence response to these questions; instead, please work & play to come up with a creative, but coherent, way to respond. Exceptions: All students must respond to the About Grading policy.)

Questions to Get You Started Thinking

What are the main skills I am hoping you will gain by the end of the quarter?

What do you think you need to learn or do to achieve those skills?

Can you envision the shape of the semester from the Syllabus & Weekly Schedule?

How will we arrive at your grade for this class? Are you comfortable with how you imagine this process to work? What makes you most nervous about what I've written in the syllabus?

What do you think will give you the most pleasure in this class?

What are the skills you bring to class that you think will help you the most?

Does anything remain vague to you?

Is there anything you can suggest now for improving what you see ahead?

Observation Journal

The design process starts with observation. Whether they are print, digital, or visual, many of the texts you encounter every day contain both verbal (textual) and visual (images, icons, symbols) components that strive to capture your attention. Try to notice what you don't usually notice like the design of a room or the infrastructure of a roadway. Something different from what you usually notice.

What do you see and why do you notice it?

How does the layout shape the message?

How does the medium affect your attention? Is it effective or ineffective? Why?

What colors stand out and why? What effect is this design intended to have?

What audience do you think the design addresses?

What elements & arrangements in the design led you to conclude what you have about the design's purpose and audience?

Begin writing this assignment by responding to the questions on the reading guide. Then, between January 11-25, 2010, I will ask you to observe the designs you find in the environments you encounter while shopping, while studying, while partying, while driving, while doing anything you normally do. Record these observations in a journal daily. Entries should be descriptive and detailed.

Health Patrol Infection Control Packet

Situation: The Health Patrol sends out infection alert information on a monthly basis. The Health Board has been complaining that residents have become complacent about infection alerts and information largely because the infection design has not changed since the HP was established in 2026. They have asked you to redesign the elements and documents associated with Infection Control.

Audience: Oregon City residents (You will identify a specifc group within this group as your audience)

Assignment: I will ask you to design various elements and documents included in an Infection Control packet (see deliverables below). These elements and documents include information about infection alerts, what to do in case of an infection threat, a monthly newsletter with historical information about the HP and its role in keeping humanity safe, and a video wall mural.

Deliverables: This packet includes the following elements or documents:

Logo: Infection Alert Division of the Health Patrol

Ecard (postcard)

Health Patrol Infection Alert Notice for Red Eye Epidemic (for printing on the infomat)

eNewsletter (VID email)

VIdeo Wall Projection (you choose content)

Museum of Incunabula Restoration Project

Situation: Since the Enclosure Act of 2026, most documents were lost during dismantling. In an effort to restore these documents, researchers with the Preservation Institute (PI) have been charged with chronicling some of the historical precedents to the Enclosure Act. The PI will use the information in the reports in various displays in its new Museum of Incunabula.

Audience: Preservation Institute Board of Reviewers

Assignments: For this assignment, I will ask you to design one of the reports below using InDesign and its style sheets in ways that make it readable and usable as appropriate for the situation described above. I provide the broader context in which this document will be understood and then you will further define it in preparation for the design work.

You should begin by reading the document completely without making any marks. After determining the situation, you will then analyze the audience (use this form) followed by thumbnail sketches. Images for texts are provided on Blackboard, although you may use additional or other images as appopriate.

Before beginning the design work, create a folder using your last name and place all files associated with the report in that folder. Use the preflight feature of InDesign to prepare the document for a grade (I will demonstrate this feature in class). Then zip the folder and email it the instructor by 5:30 p.m. on the day it is due and before class begins. Time will not be provided in class to prepare the document for emailing.

Standard Issue Garment

Some chapters from the Robin Williams Design Workshop book will be included on Blackboard, including Logos, Billboards, and Tables of Content. I won't necessarily assign these chapters, but you shouild use them as resources. Don't wait for me to tell you to read them.

Oregon City Website

Situation: You have been hired as information designers by the Oregon City government to create websites for the various areas under its responsibility.

Audience: Defined by your choice of area

Assignment: For this assignment, I will ask you to design and produce a website as part of the Oregon City main website. The Oregon City splash page (welcome page) has already been completed; your website will be linked from this page. You will design, create, and produce a website for one of the sublinks already listed on the splash page. Although you will use lorem ipsum text for content, you will need to decide what kind of content is appropriate and how best to display that content. You will need to create links and a heading structure that shapes the content.

This website must be created using Dreamweaver and CSS and must contain a navigational schema that represents the site as a whole and at least six finished HTL pages.

The following deliverables are required for this project:


Cover Memo

Website (6+ index page)
Logo and Image

Welcome Description
Mission Statement
Tag Line

Navigational Schema

At least two documents indigenous to website

An online form (designed in Dreamweaver)

Website Planning Form
Audience Analysis Form
Thumbnail Sketches

A chapter (Invoices & Forms) from the Robin Williams Design Workshop book will be included on Blackboard. I won't necessarily assign this chapter, but you should use it as resource. Don't wait for me to tell you to read it.

Graduate Paper or Project

Graduate students may choose one of the following papers or projects:

Scholarly paper: Synthesize five articles focused on design issues (I can provide these or you can find your own with approval)

Project: Find your own project (or I can also find one)

Extended Project: You can create another website for the Oregon City website assignment

Graduate students should let me know by March 1 which project they choose.

End-of-Semester Reflection Memo

As a cover email for your zipped folder with all your semester work, reflect on what you have learned about observation, design, and the design process. Consider the technical skills you’ve learned and still need to learn.

How does this course connect to other courses in your majorn?

What is its relevance?

How do you think this knowledge can fit into your future plans (whether you intend to go on for additional schooling or to transition into the workplace)?

What suggestions do you have about the course?

What worked or didn’t work and why?

What would you change and why?

Addressing these questions is not an invitation to complain about the course in nonconstructive ways such as unhappiness with an assignment or lack of time to put into an assignment or to meet with a group. From a university perspective, work outside the three class hours amounts to three hours per credit hour, totaling nine hours. I’m interested in substantive comments about course content and instruction. Please don't simply respond to the questions above. Find a way to focus the content. Please treat this memo as a significant piece of writing, paying attention to your prose and style. You might point to specific artifacts during the semester as support.