WRA 360 syllabus schedule modules miscellaneous

Readings are all available on our class D2L site (https://d2l.msu.edu).

We'll be keeping notes, sharing ideas, and creating semester-long reading discussion materials in our shared Google Drive folder; https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7e52Bykc1SSOEcxYUZKZ2stYkk?usp=sharing (you must be signed into Google with your MSUnet ID or you will not be able to access the folder).

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W 8/30
   
 
   
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2
W 9/6

Dobrin, Keller, and Weisser, Chapter 2: "Rhetoric and Technical Communication"
Ehses and Lupton, selection from Rhetorical Handbook
Markel, “Designing the Document"

 
   
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M 9/11
Sturken and Cartwright, Chapter 1 from Practices of Looking: “Practices of Looking: Images, Power, and Politics”  
       
3
W 9/13
Davis, "The Elements of the Page"
Cullen, "Structure and Organization"
Lynch and Horton, Chapter 7 from Web Style Guide 3: “Page Design”
 
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M 9/18
Lipton, Introduction to Designing Across Cultures
Oliu, Brusaw, and Alred, "Using Graphics to Communicate Internationally"
 
       
4
W 9/20

Spiekermann and Ginger, "Type is Everywhere"
Heller, Introduction to Typology
draft of Module 1 due for workshopping in class

 
       
4
Su 9/24
Module 1 due by 10am  
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5
M 9/25
Williams, "Readability and Legibility"
White, "Text"
Before & After, "Design Below the Line"
 
       
5
W 9/27
Cullen, "Typesetting Factors"
Before & After, "Callout Ideas"
 
       
5
Su 10/1
Module 2 due by 10am  
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M 10/2
Williams, "Four Principles of Conceptual Presentation Design"
Reynolds, Chapter 6 from presentationzen: "Presentation Design"
 
       
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W 10/4
class meets at Main Library (Beaumont West Instruction Room) for an Espresso Book Machine book design workshop with Julie Taylor
Haslam, "What is a Book?"
Haslam, "Covers and Jackets"

 
       
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7
M 10/9
Xerox, "International Color Guide"
"Color and Appetite Matters"
Morton, "Taking the Color of Medications Seriously"
Bengal, "Pink & Blue"
Szantó, "The Color of Revolution"
 
   
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W 10/11
   
       
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Su 10/15
Module 3 due by 10am  
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M 10/16

Baer, "Process: Prototypes and Testing"
Cerejo, "Design Better and Faster with Rapid Prototyping"

 
   
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W 10/18
NO CLASS--I AM OUT OF TOWN  
       
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M 10/23
Harper, Introduction to Radical Graphics
Heller, "Cheapskate Design"
 
   
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W 10/25
Module 4 Activity 4 due for workshopping in class  
       
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Su 10/29
Module 4 due by 10am  
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M 10/30
Before & After, "How to Design Motion"
Before & After, "Make a Theme"
 
   
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W 11/1
Before & After, "Frame Shop Logo Makeover" (Parts 1, 2, and 3)  
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M 11/6
Aoki, Boyle, and Jenkins, Bound by Law
Moll, “Good Designers Copy, Great Designers Steal”
Moll, “Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign”
Sugget, "The Case For and Against Stock Photography"

 
   
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W 11/8
Dragga and Voss, "Cruel Pies: The Inhumanity of Technical Illustrations"
Dragga, "Is This Ethical?"
 
       
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12
M 11/13
Markel, "Choosing the Appropriate Kind of Graphic"
Wilbur and Burke, "Explaining How Things Work"
 
   
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W 11/15
draft of Module 5 due for workshopping in class  
       
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Su 11/19
Module 5 due by 10am  
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M 11/20

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"

 
       
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W 11/22

NO CLASS--THANKSGIVING (but there will be an online activity)
read at least three "Day in the Life..." readings posted on D2L

 
   
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14
M 11/27

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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W 11/29
Kimball and Hawkins, "Production"
draft of Module 6 due for workshopping in class
 
       
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Su 12/3
Module 6 due by 10am  
       
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15
M 12/4
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"
 
   
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W 12/6

MSU Career Passport
MSU 12 Essentials for Success
Steck, "How to Create a Killer Writing Portfolio for Freelancers"
Quinn, "6 Elements of a Kick-Ass UX Writing Portfolio"

 
       
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W 12/13
Module 6 due by noon; any revised work due by noon
       
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dànielle nicole devoss | devossda@msu.edu

syllabus modules miscellaneous