Design For Emerging Interfaces Syllabus

Design For Emerging Interfaces Syllabus
MART 4350/5350

M,W 4:00 -5:50
Zoom link for class will be emailed to enrolled students
Lauren Addario

New Mexico Highlands University | Spring 2021
Office Hours M, W 12:30-1:30; T 12:30-2:00 & by appointment
Office Location: Zoom link will be emailed to students separately
Phone: 505-454-3239

Description of course:

Learning the principles of visual communication as they apply to emerging interfaces. We will discuss production for different platforms & browsers, address issues about mobile and small screen presentation, CMS systems, accessibility, and user experience. This class is a combination of the principles of design and usability with the technical skills of front end web production.

Required Textbook (s):No required textbook; readings will be assigned/required

General Objectives
General Objectives of the Course are: 
1) To teach students the principles of visual communication as they apply to emerging interfaces
2) To introduce students to web design, principles and techniques, structures, protocols, accessibility and software
3) Understand html and css basics
4) Give students the opportunity to prototype their own websites
5) Teach industry standard code, and web design programs in order to create
responsive, accessible designs

Specific Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
1) Build a complete, well-designed, multipage website using industry standard design tools
2) Design and build sites and interfaces that are responsive to different devices and platforms
3) Understand and apply accessibility and universal design principles
3) Understand and practice industry standard image and text protocols

Major Topics:

Major Topics:
Major topics to be studied include:
Accessibility and responsive design
2) Design for the screen, typography
3) Visual logic, informational flow & hierarchy
4) Introduction to CMS and local/live servers
5) html, html5 semantics, and css basics

Instructional Methods and Techniques:
Instructional methods/techniques to be used will include: 
1) Lectures/demonstrations/presentations
2) Tutorials
3) Comprehensive Critiques/analysis
4) Peer Editing
5) Analysis of existing interfaces

Assignments for the course:
Assignments for students in the course will include: 
1) Research current web technologies
2) Build a website using html and css
3) Site redesign prototype including, accessibility and responsive site capability for mobile devices & tablets
5) Graduate students will be required to submit extra assignments/presentations/research on topics not covered in class.


99-100 A+
94-98 A
90-93 A-
86-89 B+
84-85 B
80-83 B-
75-79 C+
70-74 C
60-69 D
50-59 F

Your grade will be determined by the following formula
20% – Class participation and homework*
40%** – Midterm = (50% written midterm + 50% midterm Project)
40% – Final = (50% written final + 50% Final Project)
**If you are a graduate student, you will have extra assignments in the form of a presentation or implementation of some topic not covered in class, requiring research. This extra material is worth 10% of your grade and your midterm is only worth 30%

Equipment check out
Mary Basler: Contact her either via email or phone (505-454-3588) to schedule a reservation for equipment checkout.  She has to request approval for you to enter the building and provide the proper protocol. If you have your own laptop, you can download the Adobe Creative Suite by following these instructions

Plans for connectivity issues
If there are connectivity issues during class time resulting from problems with the NMHU system. I will send you an email with instructions about what is due for the next class. Also, please sign up for the Remind text messaging service through Media Arts. Use this form and send it to Angela Meron, Cc’ing Mary Basler.

Attendance and behavior: Media Arts Department
Synchronous distance learning will be a challenge for everyone, especially students who are used to a more hands on approach to learning. To minimize distractions, please set your audio to mute when you are not engaging in discussion. I prefer that all students have their video on during class but realize this is not always practical. Regardless of the ability to turn on video, students must be present in discussions either through pressing the space bar to unmute and talking in class or posting relevant comments or links in the chat. You may also contribute by clicking on the participants tab and using the features there for quick response to yes/no questions and posting reactions.

Cell phones and texting are not permitted. Failure to recognize this policy will result in a grade reduction. If you are sick or have to miss class, you are responsible for finding out the assignment from a classmate or the instructor and you are responsible for coming to the next class with any missed work completed. Students CANNOT miss critique. If final critique is missed you will fail the class.
4 absences = final grade is dropped one full letter grade
5 absences = final grade is dropped two full letter grades
6 absences = final grade is dropped three full letter grades
7 absences = final grade is an F
3 tardies =1 absence
Leaving class early or arriving late will count as a tardy. This applies to not being on task, not having your materials in class, or taking long breaks during class time.
NMHU Class attendance policy

Academic Integrity
NMHU media arts is a program designed to learn, absorb, discuss and question; to expand one’s mind through rigorous intellectual exploration. Integrity of the educational experience is diminished by cheating in class, plagiarizing, lying, or employing other modes of deceitful behavior, plagiarism and copyright infringement will not be tolerated. If you have any questions about academic dishonesty, read this policy, ask me and/or check with the writing center.

Accessibility Statement

In accordance with federal law, it is university policy to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you believe that you have a physical, learning, or psychological disability that requires an academic accommodation, contact David Esquibel or Carolyn Montoya by phone at (505) 454-3252, via e-mail at, or (505) 454-3186, via email or visit the Felix Martinez Building, Room 140 on the Las Vegas campus. If you need the document upon which this notice appears in an alternative format, you may also contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Service: David Esquibel, Student Advisor/Coordinator of Testing and Accessibility Services.

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Additional resources available to you include:

Student Health Center Main Campus-(Counseling) 505-454-3218

Campus Police 505-454-3278

NMHU Dean of Students 505-454-3020

Human Resources, Title IX Officer 505-426-2240

NM Crisis & Access Line (Professional Counselors available 24/7) 1-855-662-7474

Center students are encouraged to contact HU-CARES for resources near the center campuses.