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DESIGN 378 A: Information Architecture And Web Design

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:00pm - 2:50pm
ART 230
Karen Cheng
Karen Cheng

Syllabus Description:

This course is restricted to undergraduate and graduate students in the UW Division of Design. DESIGN 378 is an advanced visual design course covering interface design. The course is for design majors who have intermediate knowledge in visual communication design (typography, color, composition, etc.) and pre-existing skills in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign). If you are not a UW Design junior/senior or graduate student and you wish to request a seat in the class, please email me at In your email, please include a link to your online visual design portfolio, or attach a PDF (10MB maximum) of your design work. Please also describe your prior experience/qualifications in visual design.

Course Objectives:
The purpose of this class is to help students develop the skills necessary to create an effective user interface for a product/service (may be a desktop or mobile app/website, or a physical object/experience). 

Specifically, students will work in small groups (of 3-4) to create a full visual prototype for an assigned product/service that serves a specific audience/subject area. This year (Winter 2017) this Visual Communication Design section (A) will be paired/co-taught with the Interaction Design section (B). 

 A full syllabus for the Winter 2017 course can be downloaded as a PDF here: DES378_Winter2017.pdf

Catalog Description: 
Fundamental issues in web design, including site planning, information architecture, navigation, visual hierarchy, and interactivity. Emphasis on understanding the unique functional limitations of designing for the web while building an awareness of contemporary design practice. Design a simple site and produce a working a prototype.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 9:01pm