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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Really Final Classes for Spring '04
After a week of testing out some classes and making some hard choices, my class schedule is set for this semester. I was sort of heartbroken to drop the beloved Time, Motion, and Communication, but the workload is very heavy, and the likelihood of my doing a lot of kinetic typography work in my professional life is pretty small. Plus, I'd like to take Grad Typography before I do something advanced with type.

I also dropped my undergraduate class: Reason, Passion, and Cognition. (I had to drop all X,Y, and Z classes, apparently.) It was too much work to keep track of. I know that sounds crazy from a graduate student, but there were three exams, a paper, and weekly homework. Way too much to constantly keep on top of.

My choices for a classes (aside from Design Seminar and Design Studio, which are required) are Sketching & Modeling (to improve my atrocious drafting skills) and a late addition to the schedule: Mapping & Diagramming. (I kept all the Y & Z classes apparently.)

S&M (!) should be fun. It's designed to give those of us without visual design backgrounds more of the fundamentals. It rotates between four different teachers and is focused on lots of in-class exercises to improve our skills.

Mapping & Diagramming is a small class focused on information design as it is displayed in, well, maps and diagrams. It's being taught by Karen Moyer, who also teaches typography and color, so I'm hoping we get some of those mixed in as well. She has an Old Skool graphic designer's sensibility, with a clear sense of the right way to do things, which is sort of refreshing. I should learn a lot from this class.

All in all, I think this should be a pretty interesting suite of classes for Spring.

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