PSAM
3060

Currents:

Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Currents: CD Workshop
Fall 2024
Taught By: Ben Denzer and Maria Veronica San Martin
Section: A

CRN: 5897

Credits: 3

This course consists of a series of three workshops, each explore contemporary positions in Communication Design, taught by specialists and working professionals from industry. Each workshop is 5 weeks long and examines a specific topic in detail. Topics of the individual workshops will be posted as they become available. Past workshop topics include a survey of visual culture of 2010s, voice commands and interfaces, generative identity systems, speculative platforms, typography in and out of buildings, and what makes a bad design. Students are expected to engage in all three workshops and must be present for the duration of the semester.

Open to: Open to: Bachelors or Associates in Communication Design majors. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core 2: Interaction Studio and PUCD 2130 Core 2: Typography, or PACD 1110 Core 1: Interaction and PACD 1100 Core 1: Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:40am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/3/2024
Currents: Bad Design
Spring 2024
Taught By: Luiza Dale
Section: A

CRN: 2771

Credits: 3

What do we mean when we say something is badly designed? Is it illegible? Underdesigned? Does it draw too much attention to itself? Does it have something to do with the designer? The audience? How about good design, what does that look like? Is it clear? Simple? Just right? We often form opinions based on "industry best practices," trends, and social norms that prioritize efficiency for maximum profit generation. Bad Design is a part studio, part reading-and-conversation seminar exploring design that doesn’t conform to the standard. The course will challenge (good) design tropes by surveying the histories and systems in which graphic design exists to situate why we may deem design work "bad." We will investigate the role of locality, legibility, plurality, and lived experience in our design work, while taking the stance that design needs to be self-critical to allow for diverse ways of making.

Open to: Bachelors and Associates degree students in Communication Design Only. Others by permission of the program. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core 2: Interaction Studio and PUCD 2130 Core 2: Typography, or PACD 1110 Core 1: Interaction and PACD 1100 Core 1: Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:40am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 311
Date Range: 1/26/2024 - 5/10/2024
Currents: Experiential Design
Spring 2024
Taught By: Emily Guez
Section: B

CRN: 2966

Credits: 3

This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of Experiential Graphic Design, working at the intersection of environmental and participatory design. By considering physical interaction as a core element of the design process, you will learn to craft spatially located interactions which orient, inform, educate, or delight an audience. Projects will invite you to think about design as an embodied experience, starting from the scale of a hand-held device and expanding to that of an inhabitable structure. Prompts will be provided that allow you to generate your own subject matter, while solving for specific desired outcomes. The final form of projects will range from physical prototypes to detailed speculative proposals, always with a focus on creating spatially located interventions.

Open to: Bachelors and Associates degree students in Communication Design Only. Others by permission of the program. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core 2: Interaction Studio and PUCD 2130 Core 2: Typography, or PACD 1110 Core 1: Interaction and PACD 1100 Core 1: Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:40am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 1103
Date Range: 1/24/2024 - 5/8/2024
Currents: 1:1:1
Spring 2024
Taught By: Prin Limphongpand
Section: D

CRN: 7660

Credits: 3

In the current media display landscape, design must be expressed through multiple channels: print, digital formats such as websites (desktop, tablet, mobile), and native social formats (1:1, 9:16). Each medium of visual delivery must maintain its identity across platforms through carefully considered visual and typographic systems while conveying the story in a manner native to each respective medium. By applying past learning in typography and interaction, this hands-on studio course practices the principles of graphic design in relation to how the message is conveyed through different visual mediums and channels, with each medium maintaining its unique identity. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of creating a design system.

Open to: Bachelors and Associates degree students in Communication Design Only. Others by permission of the program. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core 2: Interaction Studio and PUCD 2130 Core 2: Typography, or PACD 1110 Core 1: Interaction and PACD 1100 Core 1: Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:40am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 710
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024
Currents:T y p e s e t t i n g
Spring 2024
Taught By: Andrew LeClair
Section: E

CRN: 7661

Credits: 3

Typesetting—the arrangement of letters into words, words into lines of text, and lines of text into paragraphs—is a fundamental practice in typography. This research studio will explore interventions in the technology of typesetting with the goal of creating new visual forms or ways of working. The course is organized around three areas of inquiry: How does programming enable new ways of approaching conventional typesetting? How can alternative interfaces suggest new conceptual models for thinking about the arrangement of language? How does the malleability of text on screens allow for more interactive or dynamic type compositions? The course will combine collective research into historical and contemporary precedents and self-initiated projects exploring new ideas and techniques.

Open to: Bachelors and Associates degree students in Communication Design Only. Others by permission of the program. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core 2: Interaction Studio and PUCD 2130 Core 2: Typography, or PACD 1110 Core 1: Interaction and PACD 1100 Core 1: Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:40am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 603
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024
Currents: CD Workshop
Spring 2024
Taught By: Ben Denzer, Alex Nelson, and Junyi Shi
Section: F

CRN: 7662

Credits: 3

This course consists of a series of three workshops, which explore contemporary positions in Communication Design, taught by specialists / working professionals from industry. Each workshop is 5 weeks long and examines a specific topic in detail. Topics include (but are not limited to) type in space; digital typography and prototyping; and design systems. Further details of the individual workshops will be posted soon. Students are expected to engage in all three workshops and must be present for the duration of the semester.

Open to: Bachelors and Associates degree students in Communication Design Only. Others by permission of the program. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core 2: Interaction Studio and PUCD 2130 Core 2: Typography, or PACD 1110 Core 1: Interaction and PACD 1100 Core 1: Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:40am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 311
Date Range: 1/26/2024 - 5/10/2024
Currents: CD Workshop
Spring 2024
Taught By: Daniel Frumhoff, Beatriz Lozano, and Nicholas Massarelli
Section: G

CRN: 7663

Credits: 3

This course consists of a series of three workshops, which explore contemporary positions in Communication Design, taught by specialists / working professionals from industry. Each workshop is 5 weeks long and examines a specific topic in detail. Topics include (but are not limited to) type in space; digital typography and prototyping; and design systems. Further details of the individual workshops will be posted soon. Students are expected to engage in all three workshops and must be present for the duration of the semester.

Open to: Bachelors and Associates degree students in Communication Design Only. Others by permission of the program. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core 2: Interaction Studio and PUCD 2130 Core 2: Typography, or PACD 1110 Core 1: Interaction and PACD 1100 Core 1: Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 14

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:40am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 1103
Date Range: 1/26/2024 - 5/10/2024
Currents: UI4AI
Spring 2024
Taught By: Brendan Griffiths
Section: H

CRN: 10875

Credits: 3

This course surveys the possibilities unlocked by generative artificial intelligence and its profound impact on redefining user interfaces across the digital landscape. Through an exploration of the paradigms and affordances made possible by contemporary AI technologies including GANs, diffusion, transformers/LLMs, etc. we will explore concepts, theories, and practical applications at the intersection of user interface design and generative AI. Using a combination of theoretical investigation and hands-on projects, students will gain a deep understanding of how AI-driven technologies are reshaping the way humans interact with machines and will have the opportunity to design new interfaces which leverage these emergent technologies.

Open to: Bachelors and Associates degree students in Communication Design Only. Others by permission of the program. Pre-requisites: PUCD 2125 Core 2: Interaction Studio and PUCD 2130 Core 2: Typography, or PACD 1110 Core 1: Interaction and PACD 1100 Core 1: Typography.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:40am EDT 7/16/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 503
Date Range: 1/26/2024 - 5/10/2024