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Project Logs

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Throughout the semester, you may keep a project log at the course website, either for an individual or group project. These will be blog entries tagged "project log."

Purpose

Project logs help you keep track of your progress on complex projects, as well as provide a forum for receiving feedback from others who may be able to answer questions along the way or learn from your process. Project logs may be individual or shared among members of a group when the project is collaborative.

Group Project: Client-Based Information Design

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Prompt

Working with a real client, research, plan, draft, design, and test at least four related information graphics that meet the client's expressed need. You should interpret "information graphic" to mean any graphical representation that conveys information visually, either in the form of images and text or images alone. Some of the source information should be contributed by the client, at least in its raw form. In the end, the information graphics should accomplish a clear rhetorical purpose with a targeted audience.

Discussion of the Prompt

It will be important to conduct client research so that you can learn more about the client's context and communication needs. The purpose of this project is not simply to produce content that you like but to produce content that the client likes and needs and that achieves a clear rhetorical purpose. The process, therefore, will involve meeting with the client, gathering information sources and visual assets, in-progress reviews, project logs, and user testing.