Here we will be posting lecture notes, supplemental readings, and links to software downloads, tutorials and other term project-related resources.

Weekly lecture notes & in-class work

January 12 – Introductions; What is communication & what is technology?; McLuhan & Carey

January 19 – Symbols & sign systems; the alphabet as a technology

January 19 – Group work: Reading academic journal articles

January 26 – Printing press & shifting notions of authorship

January 26 – What is writing? Comparing scriptoria / print culture / zines / blogs

February 2- The Telegraph

February 9 – Cynthia Zuckerman Hyman’s advising presentation

February 9- Photography

February 16 – Manovich article groupwork 

February 23 – “Making room” for TV

March 15 – History of computers /Living with computers

March 15 – In-class group work on early computers

March 22 – Internet & web

March 22 – Group work #1: “virtuality as a social accomplishment”

March 22 – Group work #2: the web and remediation

March 29 – Mobility

March 29 – Andrejevic close-reading

April 6 – Games: Histories, Remediations, Practices

April 6 – Group work: Remediations & actions

April 6- The Internet of Things

April 6- The Internet of Things Group Work

Final project resources

DH Hill Makerspace — attend workshops and book time & tech to work on your term projects (with the help of Jessica Handloff and/or Lauren Di Monte).

Adafruit Projects— helpful resource for critical making project ideas related to electronic prototyping via Arduino

Instructables— helpful for brainstorming any number of critical making projects

Arduino Tutorials

Sparkfun Projects— helpful resource for Arduino-based projects

Makey Makey Projects— helpful resource for brainstorming electronic prototyping via a Makey Makey resistive microcontroller

Sketchfab– Excellent resource for 3D modeling and printing

Thingiverse– Another great resource for 3D printing

Autodesk Apps– Please browse the free apps available at Autodesk. 123Dcatch is an excellent program for scanning 3D objects using a smartphone (the results are incredibly detailed if you take enough photographs). Meshmixer is also great software for editing a 3D model after it has been scanned. Tinkercad is a great platform for prototyping 3D models too. It is very easy to use.

Software downloads

Arduino (the coding environment for the Arduino circuit board system)

Twine (for making interactive fiction / text-based games)


DH Hill Makerspace Workshops:

Getting Started with the Internet of Things

Getting Started with 3D Design

Code+Art Hackathon with Processing and Arduino

Electronic Embroidery

Getting Started with Creative Coding