CT400 65A (S22)

Digital Product Design II

Date & Time: Wednesday 6:30 am – 9:20 pm
Semester: Spring 2022
Professor: Christie Shin
Design Studio: Cynda Media Lab
Program Portfolio: @newcreatives.info (Instagram), Behance
Email: christie_shin@fitnyc.edu
Classroom: C315
Office at FIT: D317 (email to schedule a remote meeting)
Office Hours: Monday 1 to 2, Wednesday 4 to 6, Thursday 5 to 6
Prerequisite(s):  CT302 Digital Product Design I
Slack: Please join the class Slack channel. This is the main communication hub.
Figma Team/FIT Spring 2022
FIT Help Desk: TechHelp

Course Description
This course introduces advanced digital product design concepts. The primary goal of the course is to learn how to solve product design challenges with User Experience (UX) design knowledge.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Apply UX design principles to solve design challenges
2. Understand what is product thinking
3. Synthesize product research findings and conceptualize a digital product
4. Apply branded experience to digital product design
5. Create high-fidelity prototypes to communicate digital product design features and functionalities 
6. Create persuasive presentations for digital product concepts

1. Design prompt 1: Make the BBC a learning platform that benefits every child
Your solution. A digital product that meets the needs of the next generation. Clearly explain your idea, how it would work, and the technologies used.
Your creative process. How you arrived at your solution; key insights from your research; a convincing rationale for your focus and design decisions.
Presentation: A video (max. 2 min) showing your solution & creative process.

2. Design prompt 2: Problem-solving product idea

3. Interaction Design: ProtoPie introduction

1. Project 1: 40 points
2. Project 2: 20 points
3. Interaction Design: 20 points
3. Professionalism (attendance, participation, presentation, etc.): 20 points

A/A-: 90% or above (A- 90-94 points, A 95 points above)
B+/B/B-: 89% – 75% (B+ 89-85 points, B 84-80 points, B- 79-75 points)
C+/C/C-: 74% – 60% (C+ 74-70 points, C 69-65 points, C- 64-60 points)
D: 59% – 51%
F: 50% or below

Weekly Outline

Week 1: 2/2/2022 WED
1. Course introduction: Syllabus, Figma, ProtoPie, Miro, Slack set-up
2. Project introduction: D&AD/BBC brief, group forming (3 per team)
3. Lecture
– Introducing the design exercise
– Product Design Framework
– Design Challenge: Improving primary health care
4. Homework
– Research + Presentation

Week 2: 2/9/2022 WED
1. Presentation
2. In-class activity
– Group discussion
3. Homework
– Persona
– User story/Journey map
– Framework #4

Week 3: 2/16/2022 WED
1. In-class activity
– Group discussion
– Framework #5: Prioritize and choose an idea
2. Homework
– Framework #6: Solution
– Storyboarding
– Defining tasks
– Speedy sketching

—— 2/21 President Day – College closed ——

Week 4: 2/23/2022 WED
1. In-class activity
– Framework #7: How
– Measure success
2. Homework
– Wireframe
– Design motif

Week 5: 3/2/2022 WED
1. In-class activity
– Group review
2. Homework
– Design & Development: UI design round 1

Week 6: 3/9/2022 WED
1. In-class activity
– Group discussion
2. Homework
– UI Design round 2
– Prototype
– Presentation prep
– Case study storyboard/script

Week 7: 3/16/2022 WED
1. In-class activity
– Presentation prep
2. Homework
– Presentation + Case study video

Week 8: 3/23/2022 WED
1. Presentation

Week 9: 3/30/2022 WED
1. Lecture
– What is product thinking?
– Why: Understand your goal
– Who: Define the audience
– When and Where: Understand customer’s content and needs
2. In-class activity
– Design prompt ex
3. Homework
– Project 2: Design prompt

Week 10: 4/6/2022 WED
1. Lecture
– What: List ideas (A, B, C…)
– Prioritize and choose an idea: Place ideas on an Impact/Effort matrix
– Solve
– How – Measure success
2. In-class activity
– Design prompt ex
3. Homework

—— Spring recess 4/11 – 4/17 – Nov 29: Thanksgiving Recess – College closed——

Week 11: 4/20/2022 WED
1. Lecture
– Interaction Design – Intro to Protopie 1
2. In-class activity
– ProtoPie workshop 1
3. Homework
– Project 3: Micro-interaction

Week 12: 4/27/2022 WED
1. Lecture
Interaction Design – Intro to Protopie 2
2. In-class activity
ProtoPie workshop 2
2. Homework

Week 13: 5/4/2022 WED
1. In-class activity
Interaction Design – Intro to Protopie 3
2. In-class activity
ProtoPie workshop 3
3. Homework

Week 14: 5/11/2022 WED
1. In-class activity
Interaction Design – Intro to Protopie 4
2. In-class activity
ProtoPie workshop 4
3. Homework
– Final presentation

Week 15: 5/18/2022 WED
Final Presentation.

Keep and backup all the projects that you have done throughout the semester! You must submit all your projects for the final grade no later than the last day of class (Week 15)

Creative Technology & Design (CT&D) Attendance Policyities Policy
Attendance is not optional. If you are going to miss a class, you must contact the professor via email before the class. Due to the quantity of material covered in CT&D courses, the professor will not be able to spend additional class time reexplaining missed assignments or redo lectures. If a class is missed, it is your responsibility to get information regarding missed assignments and lectures from one of your classmates.

  1. Students are required to attend all classes, be on time, and remain for the entire class. Remote accommodation requires a Doctor’s note.
  2. If you have to attend remotely, you must turn on your webcam during class time.
  3. The student who arrives 10 minutes after the starting time of the class will be considered late.
  4. 2 late occurrences = one absence
  5. A student who arrives over 30 minutes late or not returning from the break will be considered absent from the class
  6. Active class participation is required, therefore, working on projects for a different class or using digital devices for socializing (texting, social media…etc.) or playing video games during class time will be recorded as an absence.
  7. Students who miss three classes for classes meeting once a week, or four classes for classes meeting twice a week, will receive a failing grade.
  8. An excused absence is still recorded as an absence. The difference is an excused absence won’t impact your grade for professionalism and class participation.

Note on Absences: Compliance with Spring 2022 Covid Protocol
For students in a testing protocol:
The Dean of Students will receive regular reports from Health Services for students who have not submitted their weekly PCR test results and are therefore non-compliant. Those students will receive an email each day of the week that they are scheduled to be at FIT reminding them that they have not submitted their information and that they are not permitted on campus until a negative PCR test or vaccination record has been submitted to the health portal. Faculty will receive an email each day of the week that their class is scheduled with a list of non-compliant students enrolled in that class.  If a non-compliant student arrives at class, they will be instructed by the faculty member to leave the campus.  If they refuse to comply, Public Safety will be called by the faculty member to escort the individual off-campus.

Failure to comply with weekly testing does not constitute an excused absence and/or permit a non-compliant student to attend class remotely. Extenuating circumstances will be discussed with the student’s academic department chair and dean.

Syllabi statement on classroom protocols, Fall 2021
The return to campus will mean adapting to new routines and standing together in our shared responsibilities. To support the health of our FIT community, every member of this course will commit to abide by the following guidelines: 

  1. We, the students, faculty, and classroom personnel must wear masks in all indoor FIT spaces including classrooms, studios, labs, and hallways. 
  2. We will wear masks such as N95s or other double-layered masks that cover our noses and mouths. We will follow NYC guidelines for mask-wearing: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/resources/facecoverings.page
  3. If we arrive on campus without a mask, we must pick one up from campus security desks before entering FIT buildings. 
  4. If we don’t comply with this shared responsibility, we will be asked to leave the campus.
  5. We will monitor our health regularly, and, if feeling ill, we will stay home and seek Covid PCR testing before we return to campus.
  6. We will be mindful of spacing issues within the class, and practice reasonable distancing when practical.
  7. We affirm that we, as members of the FIT community,  will provide proof of vaccination or proof of weekly Covid PCR testing results to FIT Health Services as outlined in campus communications.

Creative Technology & Design Policy on Plagiarism
Plagiarism and other forms of academic deception are unacceptable in any CT&D classes. Each instance of plagiarism is distinct. A plagiarism violation is an automatic justification for an “F” on that assignment and/or an “F” for the course. A student found in violation of FIT’s Code of Conduct and deemed to receive an “F” for a course may not withdraw from the course prior to final grade assignments.

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Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy
FIT’s Course Withdrawal Policy 
Children on campus policy
Academic Advisement Center 
FIT Writing & Speaking Studio
FIT Counseling Services
Academic Skills Tutoring Center
Dean of Students Office
Technical Support for Blackboard with Open SUNY Help Desk

Additional Course Information:
Credits/Hours: 2/3
Grade appeal process: http://www.fitnyc.edu/registrar/grades/appeal.php for more information.
Library Resources: FIT Library Databases
Academic Advisement Center: http://www.fitnyc.edu/academic-advisement/index.php
Technical Requirements: High-speed internet and Adobe CC
Textbooks and Required Materials: Lecture slides will be provided every week after class,