Designer. Lecturer.

Thomas Girard
Sessional Instructor
Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Great Northern Way Campus
520 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2
604.440.9795
tgirard@ecuad.ca

Currently lives and works in
Vancouver, Canada

Bio

With just an undergraduate degree (BDes Communication Design, Coursework Industrial Design, Emily Carr University of Art and Design 05) Girard holds distinction as an RBC Emerging Scholar by the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation and has taught undergraduate level interaction design in three countries, for 2 years in India and China and for 2 years on certificate in Canada plus one semester undergraduate level in Canada. He has also been offered to be an Assistant Professor on an MDes. Considered mainly a practicing designer, Girard has been employed as a Staff UX Designer at Lenovo in Beijing and Hong Kong. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

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Course Descriptions

Upcoming Courses Taught in Spring 2018

INTD-210-F002-2018 Core Studio Interaction Design, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This design studio allows for varying degrees of concentration in the areas defined by the field of Interaction Design. Community-based and collaborative projects enable students to identify appropriate and preferred design practices and synthesize these design approaches within digital media and interactive contexts.

Core design skills from previous semesters are the basis for innovative and creative risk-taking that embraces the design process and expands terrain between disciplines including:

• Design Research
• Marketing
• Ethnographic Considerations
• Conceptual and Creative Skills
• Participatory Design
• Cognitive and Usability Factors
• Writing for Proposals and Reports
• Oral Presentations
• Visualization

Students develop autonomous and individual design practices, with the aim to increase independent approaches to methodologies and design practice in the final semesters of study.

CEIE-210-S001 (29182) Mobile Application Design, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This course will show students how to design for mobile devices including, but not limited to iOS and secondly Android OS. Using a diverse set of tools, students will learn how to design and build applications with GUI components. Issues regarding user interaction and current design methodologies are introduced for mobile devices.

Current Courses Taught in Canada

DESN-200 Core Studio Design, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This Core Studio consists of a series of team-taught interdisciplinary streams offering exposure to key aspects (values, concepts and skills) of Communication Design and Industrial Design for all Design students. Included are 2D, 3D and 4D design perspectives, such as: typography, photography, illustration, motion, interactivity, packaging, exhibition design, product, soft design,sustainable and eco design. Students engage in design process, research, analyze, design, present and evaluate ideas to meet required objectives through individual and group projects. Discussion and reflection help students make informed decisions about their personal and professional development. Priority is given to COMD, INDD and INTD students in Year 2. Students outside of the registration priority group may register/waitlist for this course as of the registration rule release date.

INTD-400-F001-2017 Core Studio Interaction Design, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This team-taught course offers exposure to key aspects (values, concepts and skills) of 2D, 3D, and 4D Design. Students independently engage in design research and methods, analyze, design, present and evaluate ideas to meet required objectives through individual and group projects. Discussion and reflection help students make informed decisions about their personal and professional development. Collaborative and contextual project work is emphasized in order to develop students community-based multidisciplinary teamwork, project management and client management skills.

INTD-217-F001-2017 Prototyping Interactions, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Prototyping has become an essential skill for interaction designers and is the most effective, quickest, and often most affordable way to communicate concepts and make ideas tangible. In this hands-on course participants learn contemporary prototyping techniques to design better user experiences by sketching, experimenting, making and testing.

INTD-316-F001-2017 Interaction Design: Principles, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This interdisciplinary studio will engage students in the topics and processes of interaction design. Projects will be developed in depth, allowing students to develop their collaboration
and design skills while integrating all phases of the design process. Students learn how to
respond contextually to user needs for interactive devices, systems, and services. Through a process-driven, participatory methodology students learn how to engage people at the front end of the design process; to apply observation techniques to the understanding of human interactions, and to develop iterative conceptual models and prototypes through testing and assessment strategies in order to develop meaningful human interactions.

Previous Courses Taught in Canada

CEIE 210 SU01 Mobile Application Design, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This course will show students how to make their own apps for mobile devices including, but not limited to, iOS and Android OS. Using a simple set of tools, they will learn how to design and build an app with an interactive graphical interface and sound components. Issues regarding user interaction and current design methodologies are introduced for mobiles devices. Students will be encouraged to investigate the conceptual and aesthetic potential of mobile technologies and demonstrate design strategies for an interactive mobile app.

CEIE 210 S001 Mobile Application Design, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This course will show students how to design for mobile devices including, but not limited to iOS and secondly Android OS. Using a diverse set of tools, students will learn how to design and build applications with GUI components. Issues regarding user interaction and current design methodologies are introduced for mobile devices.

CEIE 110 F001 Design Fundamentals, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This course provides an introduction to visual communication principles and design processes. Students will be introduced to various drawing methods, tools and materials and are encouraged to experiment with concept development, self-expression and risk. This course covers such basic principles as line, shape, composition, perspective, proportion, positive and negative space, colour theory and the semantics of colour through a variety of applied media.Students will explore how these visual fundamentals translate into digital environments.

CEIE 220 SU01 Mobile Application Production, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
This course will show students how to take an application to production. Topics of user interaction, program design, common challenges, and safe programming practices will be discussed. At the end of the course, students will be able to put their app on a device and will be shown how to upload it to the appropriate online app store. Students will further investigate the material and aesthetic potential of programming practice, and will be encouraged to experiment with design strategies for mobile devices.

CECD 110 SU02 Basics of Communication Design, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
Learn the fundamentals of Communication Design including process, ideation, research, analysis, concept development, problem definition, and creative problem solving. Through collaborative exercises, you will be introduced to design process – from development through to the creation of a mock-up and a short design presentation.

GD 303 Mobile Design Application, LaSalle College

Learn how to build, test, and launch mobile applications that works in different platforms and devices. Use the latest technologies and tools to create dynamic interactive applications.

Previous Courses Taught in China and India

• Advanced interactive media design
• Colour for designers
• Creativity and problem solving
• Digital illustration
• Digital photography
• Experimental video
• Final major project
• Graphic design and multimedia studio • Interactive media design
• Major studio project
• New media and interactive environments • Page layout
• Programming integration
• Typography
• User interaction design