Game Design – week 2

Classroom

Tuesday

  • Discuss presentations calendar and format
  • For the four teams we formed last time – elect a team captain, pick a team name and let me know this information
  • Talk about strengths and challenges of Game Jam  summaries. Show an example of a game design document
  • The Pima game club is called the Game Development Guild and their e-mail address is gamdevguild@gmail.com. They meet in this classroom. Contact them for meeting times
  • Download and read Chapter 1: The Basics in textbook (Challenges). We’ll discuss it next week
  • Time to work with team on Game Jam

Thursday

  • High school students visiting. Add a couple to each team
  • Design a simple card game which is a new take on an existing game. For example, “Go Fish” could become “Glow Fish” and the goal could be to form the strangest combinations of fish features (like a shark fin on a gold fish) possible (due to the fact that the fish live near a leaky nuclear power plant).
  • To make your game: draw with pencils or pens on paper and cut it up into cards
  • Work on Game Jam – due Jan. 31st

Assignments

  • Game Jam – work on it with your team
  • Read chapter 1 in textbook
  • Write down the day your presentation is due

Web Design – Week 3

Classroom

    1. Attendance, introductions and review syllabus
    2. Create a Google Drive folder called “DAR256 your name” and share with me (gjloumeau@pima.edu). Talk about presentations
    3. You are going to need the book for this class. You are going to have to download the lesson files. You will need access to the Dreamweavaer software.
    4. Cintiqs and pen checkout process
    5. A brief history of web design
    6. History of web design infographic

Beginning

Resources for you to check out on your own time

Advanced

  • We will watch the following video in class when there is time: PHP video
  • Review the PHP tutorials up to and including PHP 5 Variables
  • We will watch the following video in class when there is time: MySQL databases

Assignments

Beginning

    1. Buy the book for class (Adobe Dreamweaver Classroom in a Book 2018). You can get it on Amazon or at the bookstore.
    2. Look at the first chapter in the book. You will need to be at a computer that has Dreamweaver on it when looking at the book. Download the lesson files for this book.
    3. Do the first chapter (5 pages) of this online tutorial and then do the five simple exercises at the end of the chapter:

  • Project 1a: Create a website mockup using this Photoshop template,  Show what the page will look like in three formats: a mobile phone, a tablet and on a desktop computer. I suggest you do the mobile phone layout first. We’ll look at these next week.

Advanced

  • Access your WordPress website via the link I provided
  • Create a homepage for your website with text and graphics
  • Put a title/logo on your homepage

 

 

Interactive Design – week 1

Classroom

  1. Attendance, introductions and review syllabus. Turn in  syllabus acknowledgement form
  2. Create a Google Drive folder called “DAR252 your name” and share with me (gjloumeau@pima.edu). Talk about presentations. Show schedule.
  3. Check out Bannersnack
  4. HTML 5 banner ad examples
  5. Article about creating banner ads in 2018
  6. 50 tips for designing the perfect web banner ad

Discussion (we’ll talk about some of this in two weeks)

  1. Presentation
  2. Discuss Multimedia Formats & Funding Options (we may discuss these topics next week, if we run out of time today)
    A. Web apps
    B. Mobile platforms, Mobile apps, Proprietary
    C. Crowdfunding: Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, Patreon (Jason Brubaker), TLC

Assignments

  • Buy the book, read the introductory pages and do the first chapter – turn in any work to your Google Drive folder
  • Make a mock up for an ad that will eventually be animated for a website (create some elements that can be animated like text and object and think about how you want to animate them). Here are some examples:
    1. Non-animated, use for reference – example ads
    2. Non-animated, use for reference – I made these for you to download and they are at the proper sizes – sample ads. Use Photoshop and format your ad for 3 different sizes:
      1. 728 x 90 px (desktop)
      2. 468 x60 px (tablet)
      3. 234 x 60 px (mobile)
    1.  

Lecture

Lecture video

After Effects – Week 1

Classroom

  1. Attendance, introductions and review syllabus
  2. Cintiqs, pens, checkout process
  3. Create a Google Drive folder and share with me. Talk about presentations
  4. We need a note taker for this class. You could make $120 for taking notes
  5. Look at example of great After Effects Projects (Forest, Stuxnet, Buenos Aires) with more here (Procrastination, Breaking Bad) Ira Glass, From Paper to Screen, 29 Ways to Stay Creative)
  6. Terminology video
  7. Interface drive-by tour

Assignment

  1. Buy the book. You will need to download the exercise files and have access to the After Effects software to do the homework.
  2. Do chapter one and upload your finished work to your Google Drive folder. We’ll go over it together during the next class.

Animation – Week 1

Classroom

  1. Attendance. Introductions and review syllabus
  2. Here’s where you can get a  monthly subscription to the animation software we’re using for $9/month https://store.toonboom.com/students
  3. Create a folder on Google Drive and share with me.
  4. Talk about presentations
  5. Demonstrate how to use Cintiqs and pen checkout process. 
  6. Discuss the long-range view of the projects this semester – start planning now for the final project.
  7. Discuss history of animation, watch video
  8. Share physical and virtual examples of Zoetrope, 3D Zoetrope & Flipbook (Pixar), Thaumatrope, Praxinoscope

Assignment

  1. Sketch the turnaround view of a character that you want to animate this semester. It can be black and white or color. Here’s a video of how to do it. Scan it in or take a digital picture of it that we can share with everyone during the next class. Upload it to your Google Drive folder. Due next class.
  2. Example below (click to enlarge):

kumaclone

 

 

Game Design – week 1

Classroom

  • Introductions
  • Syllabus
  • Make a Google Drive folder called “gam101 your name” and share it with me: my e-mail address is gjloumeau@pima.edu
  • Discuss presentations
  • We need a note taker for this class – any volunteers? Pima will pay you $120 to take notes
  • Cintiqs and pen checkout process
  • Some board games are available in the library for reference
  • Show board games made by the Gamecrafter
  • Form four teams, with each team having a diverse makeup (some people who are good at graphics, ideas, organization, etc.)
  • Explain Game Jam  assignment

Assignments

  •  Check out this article and this one
  • Look at this article about the history of board games
  • Game Jam – come up with an idea you can quickly create with your team and create a draft version of your idea for the next class. The deadline to submit your game to the game jam is January 31st (Feb. 1st at 1am)

Instructor: Greg Loumeau