Following exercise #1, your task will be to present a short design critique of a digital library (or OPAC) interface. One of you will prepare a critique per week (the number of critiques and their frequency will depend on the number of students in the class - each of you will prepare one or two per semester). Your critique should contain the following elements:
- Selection of an interface as an example of a good or bad design (include its URL);
- Support for your critique - use design principles, heuristics, information design, Gestalt principles, color guidelines, etc. The idea is to analyze the design from different perspectives as you learn about them in this course.
- Short discussion of design tradeoffs, alternative solutions, etc.;
- Suggestions on how to improve the design.
- There is no formal submission requirement for this exercise (i.e. file upload via dropbox). You are expected to present and discuss your choice of a good/bad website design and to lead a follow-up discussion. We will use eCollege threaded discussion for this exercise (look under course home page).
- Student who prepares the critique and leads the discussion gets %; others are expected to participate in the discussion. This will be part of your class participation.
Due dates are posted on the Assignments page