In Winter 2013, Piotr Michura and I co-taught COMM 3611 Visual Communication for Information Design II course at MRU. This is a third-year course, where we focus on interface design. Every year I attempt to collaborate with not-for-profit agency as the guest client for the course. This year the client was HIV Edmonton. Laura Keegan and Dylan Richards worked with us to create a new web site design for the agency. In addition, as the last project of the semester, we asked students to envision, design, then pitch an experimental interface on the topic of HIV / AIDS.

Project Requirements:

  • Interactivity – the final result is to be a worthwhile user experience.
  • Aesthetic – look and feel must reflect and support the goals, content, profile, and type of appeal you’ve determined for your piece.
  • Accuracy – representing real data.
  • Focus – they are about HIV / AIDS.
  • Function – you must consider rich prospect browsing principles in some aspect of your design.
  • Result – Not neutral (pick one of pride, compassion, anger, disgust, sympathy, fear, empowerment, excitement).

They were asked to prototype the interface, then present it in two-minute, kickstarter-like videos (viewable on YouTube).


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