Visual Thinking/Visual Computing


(Message of the Day)

This page lists official announcements pertaining to CS24. Please refer to it often; you are expected to be aware of changes to the schedule and assignments. These messages will appear here in reverse chronological order.

Thursday, May 12 , 2005

Tomorrow is the big day!

The final exam (actually critique) is from 9am-12pm. If you don't see the class on the 4th floor come down to the 3rd floor. (We may need to switch to there or use both floors to find space to hang all the posters.)

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR $20 or you won't be able to take your poster home.

Agenda for critiques;

  1. overview, comments
  2. "poster session" in which groups of appr 8 posters are presented at a time and everyone walks around and asks questions
  3. rapid feedback for each poster by class

There will be coffee and bagels. Please feel free to invite your friends to come around noon if you want them to see your poster and those of yourclassmates...


Monday, May 9, 2005

Where exactly is the former CS16 drop off box, you are wondering? It's on the 2nd Floor of the CIT, Room 242. When you get off the elevator on the 2nd floor, you'll see a big glassed-in area (aka "the fishbowl"). The handin room is right down the hall from this. The box now says "CS24" on it.

Remember to give me:

  • Your CD (unless you've emailed me the file, but CD is better because then i don't have to put it on a CD...)
  • A printout of your poster (you can write instructions/comments on it regarding color or anything else you think Tiziana, who is operating the printer tomorrow, would want to know).
  • Your cell phone number or other way to contact you in the event of a printing problem.
    • Put your name and contact info on both the CD and the printout in case they get separated from each other.
  • A list of the type faces you used. Include styles as well as "family names." E.g., Times New Roman Bold, Times New Roman Italic, etc.


Sunday, May 8, 2005

Something weird happened to the web file for the final project and it was not visible. It is back now. The last update was May 6. >>

If you want a proof print, bring your CD and printout (or email yr file and bring printout) to my office Monday morning before 9:30. If I'm not there, slip it under the door. If it won't fit you can leave it with the receptionists on the 4th floor.

Poster attribution:

  • For most of you the research is by someone else and the poster concept and design are by you. So "Research by Name-of-Person-or-Group" and "Poster concept and design by Your-Name" would be a fine way to give attribution on the poster. Anything similar to this is fine too--you don't have to use those exact words.
  • If you were actively involved in the research your poster is about, please indicate that but also mention your advisor or group, e.g., "This research and poster by Your-Name, with many thanks to [or support from or in collaboration with] Your-Advisor/Faculty-Person/Research_Group.
  • If you have doubts about how the researcher or advisor would like to be referred to, please ask them!
  • If any grants were involved (that supported your personal research contribution), please mention them.

Friday, May 6, 2005

Some more final project info

  • After hours drop-off location: If you want to drop off your CD/printout after hours on Monday, please use the CS16 (it will be relabelled soon) box in the TA room on the 2nd floor of the CIT.
  • Although the official deadline is midnight of Monday, May 9, if it's more convenient you can also drop off your CD/printout between 9 and 9:30 Tuesday morning on the 4th floor, as described below. By 10am I plan to be at Graphic Services proofing yr files...
  • Printing large dark areas: If you're wondering whether you can print dark backgrounds or other large dark areas, Graphic Services says, "Yes, you can."
  • Illustrator is a good program to use: Although for some reason it's not on the Graphic Services list of suggested program, they have confirmed that it is fine to use (just remember to save as pdf).
  • Layers in pdf: you don't need to retain any layers but you can if you like.
  • Linked files and pdf.s: even if it seems as if pdf has incorporated all your files, please include all files used on yr CD (and fonts if you used non-standard fonts).
  • Proofing: If you are ready to print early--say Monday morning, you may be able to get a proof print done. This is always a good idea if there's time. Contact me if you think you'd like to do this. Proof prints are free of charge.

Thursday, May 5, 2005

Wednesday, May 4 , 2005

I need your files and hardcopy printouts by midnight of the 9th.

If you hand the file in later it may not be printed in time for the critique! If you can get me the file earlier that would be great--and give us more time to troubleshoot any problems we may have with printing it.

Printing details--new and improved.

  • Graphic Services' print guidelines--(a .pdf), please read. I also have hard copy which you can get in class tomorrow). Email me with questions. I know this may seem complicated but trust me, this is an important process to become familiar with and it will all seem much easier the next time you print with a service bureau.
  • Print a small version so we know how everything should look and can alert you if things are not going to print correctly from graphic services' machines.
  • On your printout put your name and the best way to reach you if anything needs to be redone. Cell phone is optimal. If you are going to be unreachable past early afternoon on Monday, please call me (225-2608) to check in and make sure everything is set with your print file.


Tuesday, May 3, 2005

You should have begun your poster by now. According to my list everyone has a faculty member/researcher/other who has agreed to work with them. If this is not the case or things are not working out, please email me asap!

Printing details:

  • The final poster final size will be 36" x 24".
  • This is not a "bleed print"--Graphic Services cannot do bleed prints this size on the printer we are using. This means that the printed part cannot go right up to the edge of the paper---please leave at least a 3/4 inch margin on all sides. If you want the effect of a bleed print (no margin), you can cut down the paper yourself afterwards.
  • All files should be submitted to me (I will submit altogether to G.S.) as PDF files.
  • You can email me pretty large files--even 20-30MB if your mailer allows, but otherwise please submit the files on CDs. You can slip them under my office door if I'm not there or put them in my CS mailbox. Ask the receptionists at the desk on the 4th floor to help you find this.
  • If I don't you send an email confirming your submission, that means I have not received it.
  • These prints ordinarily cost ~$50/piece. Graphic Services is going to give us a discount as a class and our CS24 course budget will also chip in, bringing the final price for you down to $20. If this is a hardship for anyone, please let me asap via email.
  • There's no discount for a second print so please proof your image by printing out smaller version and by printing sections and assembling with tape to be sure that everything is correct.
  • If you need technical assistance, please email me or, our graphic design TA.
  • Check back here for final deadline for submission of file--piece is due May 10 but printing takes some time. I will try to give you as much time as possible--I'll be speaking with Graphics Services again tomorrow (Wed) and will post here.

Saturday, April 30 , 2005

Poster-in-Progress Review Thursday, May 5, 1pm, in Lubrano. At our usual class time we will have an optional review session for poster mock-ups and to answer any questions you may have about the process. If you haven't settled on a topic, please do so asap. Please email me if you're not making headway, for whatever reason.

Poster final size will be 36" x 24", printed at Graphic Services. More details on how to print soon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Thanks for all great the project ideas. Andy and I will send email out to
relevant faculty members as soon as we get back. Stay tuned for more info.


Quiz answers have been reposted (again!) in pdf format.  This should open now! >>

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Field Writing Assignments are now up for display >>

Don't forget to send Anne poster proposals.

Optional Poster Meeting Saturday, April 30, 5pm
Location: Lubrano (Please come to the CIT lobby by 5pm so we can let you up in the elevator.  If you arrive late, call Anne's cell to be let up: 401.225.2608
This is a chance to discuss your final projects and get feedback on poster drafts from Anne, Andy, and the TA's.  Attendance is optional, but take advantage of the opportunity to get work reviewed!

Graded quizzes will be returned asap.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Quiz answers are available >>

Yes, you will receive graded copies of your quizzes soon!

Thursday, April 21 , 2005

Final project specs are completed and REVISED (hopefully made clearer)! >>

The (non-inclusive) list of research areas and faculty is also up >>

If you look through this list and still are confused or haven't found what you're looking for, contact us to discuss options.


Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Final project specs are up! >>(some details still to be determined...). Check back here regularly for more info!


Thursday, April 14, 2005

Modern Landscape projects are up for viewing here >>

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The "field" writing assignment went out today and is due next Tuesday, April 19.

Critique of the Landscape project is Thursday (April 14)

There a huge Digital Media festival going on in Boston, starting next week. Check it out!

Jaron said it wouldn't work in real life, but who knows? Check out this Wall Street Journal article describing research based on the Minority Report movie. (It includes a quote from Andy!)

A great "field writing assignment" ; ) Article from New Yorker magazine. On the MET's Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries and the multidisciplinary challenges of recording their visual appearance.

Tuesday, April 5 , 2005

Thursday's class will meet at the Cave building. Go to the foyer of 180 George Street--the low brick building with a glass front, right at the corner of Brook and George (diagonally across the street from the back of the CIT).

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Walker Artist's Talk, Wednesday at 4pm in LIST 225. In addition to James Walker's talk in class on Tuesday, he'll be giving this open talk on Wed. Come and invite your friends! more info (poster) .
James' work on the Digital Art Museum Web site

Bill Seaman lecture links:

Have a great break! --Anne & Andy


Tuesday, March 22 , 2005

Interested in CS? Come to the potential concentrators meeting tomorrow.
The CS concentration open house will be Wednesday, March 23 at 4:30pm in the 4th-floor atrium (or in the 5th-floor atrium if the 4th-floor is torn up). Faculty will be on hand to answer your questions and you can get all the forms you need to sign up for the concentration. Refreshments (but no pizza) will be served.

Landscape assignment description page (assignment details are also in the Fine Art lecture, at the end)

Walker readings: if you didn't get a copy of them, let me know so I can bring more on Thursday.

Critique from Walker: if you're interested in having him look at your art work, send me an email with free times on April 4,5 or 6, and also location (if the work isn't easily moveable).

Friday, March 18, 2005

The first stage of the Image Canon is live--see link off of resources page. The second stage will include more textual information.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Tomorrow's class (Jaron Lanier lecture) is in MacMillan 115. MacMillan is the big brick building diagonally across from the CIT.

View the business cards online >>

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Tuesday's class in Lubrano

Read CVA History Chapter for next Tuesday.

In response to feedback on the forms (which will be discussed more next Tues), we will try to have more discussion and less lecturing. In this vein, the *recommended* reading of the CVA History chapter is now *required* and we will have discussion of computer art history based on this reading, some brief slides (with different material) and actual art works and catalogs from Spalter's personal collection of computer art.

Monday, March 14 , 2005

1. Class will be in the MS Lab (CIT 167) tomorrow

2. Thursday's class, in which Jaron Lanier will speak, will be in MacMillan (the big brick building diagonally across from the CIT), in Room 115. It's a big room--invite your friends.

Jaron, coiner of the phrase "virtual reality," conducts computer science research, consults on movie depictions of the future, writes for publications like WIRED, composes and performs original music and is listed in the Encyclopedia Britannica as one of "history's 300 or so greatest inventors."

Check out some of his latest thoughts on the future in a WIRED article at

his home page is

4. Business card projects are now up for viewing.

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Important change to submission of business card files:

Please submit files in PDF format with the fonts embedded.   If using Illustrator, set the downsampling compression levels to 300 dpi  (Photoshop files should originally be created at 300dpi already).  Illustrator and Photoshop formats which contain non-standard fonts will not be displayed correctly upon grading. 

If you have already emailed a file and it was not a pdf with embedded fonts, please resubmit your project.

Monday, March 7, 2005

  • Tuesday's class will be in LUBRANO
  • Reminder: Quick Quiz Tuesday

Thursday, March 3, 2005

See an alphabetical (by last name) class list and find out which critique group you are in >>

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

  • Next class (Thur., March 3) will also be in the MS Lab.
  • QUIZ (very short, next Tuesday (March 8)
  • You can download the GTT (choose "download application option") from
  • Unzip the files and double-click on "GTT_main.jar" to begin.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005

Next class (Tues., March 1) will also be in the MS Lab.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005

Get to know your classmates. CS24 faces up for viewing.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005

Car Ads up on Web for viewing. They are also linked off the syllabus in the Thursday, Feb 17 section.

Friday, Feb. 11, 2005

What do you think of the Visual Methodologies book so far?I have been asked by the publisher to comment on a proposal for a second edition--student feedback is welcomed too. What would make the book better? What are its current strengths (in your view)? Email any feedback by Tuesday Feb 15 to

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005

Hoffman Visual Intelligence is in! There are still copies on the shelf (plus more on order).

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005

Assignment clarification: The "paths" are included in the files for convenience only. You can use any part of any image (just select what you want with regular selection tools and ignore the path). You can take the head of one person and stick it on another, remove/rearrange landscaping, use animal parts, combine people and animals, whatever inspires you. Further assignment tips are on the blog.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005

TA Hours are finalized:

  • Amanda will be Wednesdays, 7-8pm in CIT 227
  • Neil will be Mondays, 8-9pm in CIT 227

Car Ad assignment notes

  • You must right-click the file name and download the file (rather than clicking directly on it and opening it) to get the paths.
  • The last environment file (house) is not 1024x860. The resolution was not good enough, so just use the house as an image if you want.

If you are not able to post to the BLOG, please email me!

Monday, Feb. 7, 2005

Reminder: CIS PASS Class on Photoshop and Illustrator.TODAY 4:00pm-6:00.CIT Room 269.


Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005

The Blog link should work now. The URL is

Movie time! Pizza! Shrek 2. Friday--meet in CIT Lobby before 8pm.
Find Kaitlyn in Sun Lab if you're late.

The Bamyian Buddha reconstruction site is back up:


Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005

Reminder: CIS PASS Class on Photoshop and Illustrator. Mon Feb 7th from 4:00pm-6:00.CIT Room 269.

Bamiyan Readings: Broken links are fixed. The link to the site of the group proposing reconstruction is temporarily down. I will summarize their project briefly in class.

Hoffman's Visual Intelligence book: As you may have noticed, the Hoffman book is not at the bookstore. The publisher did not ship on time. Appr 21 copies should arrive from other sources next week. There were some copies already there, so hopefully this will be enough. The originally-ordered books may appear at any time. If anyone does not have a copy by the end of next week, let us know!

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005

Visual Memory exercise: if you didn't do it after class, do it before Thursday. It is linked off the syllabus.

Try logging into the machines in the MS Lab (167). No one had trouble today, but check so that you are able to start working on projects next week.

due Thursday: readings in Visual Methodologies and on the Bamiyan Buddhas

SHREK 2 screening: this Friday at 8pm. Meet in the CIT Lobby at 7:50--elevators are locked after 5pm. Pizza!

Friday, January 28, 2005

CS24 Admitted students:

Anamaria Ramos
Andrew Baum
Brian James Lee
Caitlyn Schmidt
Dilyana Dimitrova Dimitrova
Emily Bond
EunSung Kim
Gwendolyn Fuertes
Jeffrey Cohen
Jordan Kurt
Katherine Lau
Kelsey Engelbrecht
Laura Wagner
Lindsey Gaydos
Maribeth Rubin
Noah Fulmer
Ronaldo Penate
Samantha Gorman
Scott Norton
Stella Frank
Tiffany Beres
Xiao Yun (Alice) Liu
Zachary Reiss-Davis
Zinzi Clemmons

Tuesday, January 27, 2005
We hope you are enjoying the first day of class. The Website is almost complete now!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005
We are in the process of getting the Web site up. If you don't find the information you are looking for, please email (And just in case you haven't seen our various notices, the course is J hour (Tues, Thurs. 1-2:20), Lubrano Conference Room (CIT Rm. 477).