Digital Process 2 (ENV-151) 2013 Spring

Instructor: Yo Oshima
email: yodesignlab@gmail.com

COURSE SYLLABUS

  • Prerequisites: Digital Process 1
  • Studio Hours: Wednesdays 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Location: Lab 138

Website: https://accdenv.wordpress.com/

Weekly course notes and assignments will be distributed at the website.
Students are encouraged to join discussion forum on the website. Participation instruction will be given at the first class.

Required Material:

USB Flash Drive
Art Center does not provide long term secure storage of computer files.
Basic drawing supplies
(pencils, pens, paper, straight-edge, scale, triangles, compass, etc.)
Basic modeling supplies
Computer access to Rhinoceros and V-Ray, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, the Internet

Computer (Recommendation)

Windows or Macintosh computer.  Windows machine is recommended for the class, as some of the plugins only works on Windows platform.  You can install Windows Operation System on Macintosh computers.  Installation guide will be provided in class.

Course Description:

Provided that basic modeling skills are covered in Digital Process 01, DP02 will explore intermediate digital techniques that are essential to today’s design industry.  By systemically analyzing variable contemporary design methodologies, students will learn strategy and process of contemporary designers.  Design methodologies include sectioning, tessellating, folding, contouring, and forming.  These techniques are tired closely to translation from digital modeling to physical models.  Physical output typically involves one of following; Laser Cutting, CNC Milling, VacuForming, and 3D Printing.  Students will learn the tendency, strong points, and weakness of each tools.  Through production of prototypes, material property and characteristics are discussed in the class.
Digital Process 2 will also provide means to realize design of ENV2 project.  Students are expected to incorporate methodologies that they learned in the first half of the class.  As well as translating students’ design concepts into digital design, there are design possibilities that are driven by the technology as well.  As a final project for DP02, students will produce a 1″=1′ section model of the retail space.  This model needs to be built through combination of prototyping techniques.  The second final deliverable is a 1-minute animation.  As well as realistic representation of the project, students will incorporate motion diagramming to communicate their project in a fluid way.
Course Structure:

In the first half of the semester, a design concept is introduced to students.  Students will design individual module based on the technique introduced.  There will be a tutorial for physical output for the specific technique.  Every week students are given an assignment of 6″x6″ cubic physical model through prototyping methodology.  In the midterm, those cubic models are presented along with studio project.
The second half of the class will focus on realization of ENV2 project both digitally and physically.  The instructor and teaching assistant will consult with each student about how to translate design concept into digital 3D model.  Most of sessions in the second half will be tailored to fit individual needs of the students.  Thus class will take form of lab in the latter half of the semester.
Midterm deliverables:
  • Assignment 03: Laser cut stack model (6×6″)
  • Assignment 04 Multi-direction egg-crate model (6×6″)
  • Assignment 05:  Milled model (6×6″)
  • Assignment 06:  Folded facet model (6×6″)
Final deliverables:
  • 1″=1′ Retail interface section model 3D Print (part or whole)
  • 1 minute animation fully captioned and edited

Evaluation Method:

Assignments will contribute to 85% of the total grade for the class. See the course schedule for the weight of each assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted. Attendance will contribute to 15% of the total grade for the class. Three or more absences will result in an automatic failing grade for the class. Some of the smaller assignments, in addition to the two larger projects, will require student presentations. Students are expected to be prepared to present their work at the beginning of class – preparing work or pinning up material during class, etc. will not be accepted. Students are expected to engage in the presentations of each others’ work. All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will not be accepted unless arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the due date. Attendance to each class is mandatory; any absences must be approved by the instructor prior to that class. Students are encouraged to work on the assignments in the lab at the same time. Minor technical problems can become overwhelming when learning new tools, and the assistance of classmates will prove invaluable. This encouragement is not, however, to be construed as acceptance of collaborative work. Each student is expected to submit individual work for each assignment.

Assignments

See the course schedule for the weight of each assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Attendance

Three or more unexcused absences will result in an automatic failing grade for the class. Failing to attend the final review will result in an automatic failing grade for the class.

Grading:

Department Chairs’ Approved Grading Policy

Please note:

1. All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will not be accepted unless arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the due date. Attendance to each class is mandatory; any absences must be approved by the instructor prior to that class.

2. Students are encouraged to work on the assignments in the lab at the same time. Minor technical problems can become overwhelming when learning new tools, and the assistance of classmates will prove invaluable. This encouragement is not, however, to be construed as acceptance of collaborative work. Each student is expected to submit individual work for each assignment.

Useful Links
Rhinoceros http://www.rhino3d.com/
V-Ray for Rhino http://software.asgvis.com/
T-Splines http://www.tsplines.com/

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