Tuesday/Thursday 9:30–10:50. Kildee 0107
Heike Hofmann, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office hours by arrangement. Snedecor 2413
Course syllabus describing objectives, software used, topics and assessment.
|Date||Lecture and Resources||Dates and Deadlines|
|Aug 26||Introduction to the course: what is the visual display of quantitative information? Why and for whom do we display information visually?|
|Aug 28||Historical and famous examples (1)||Reading: Noah Iliinsky, "On Beauty" (1-13)|
|Sep 2||More historical and famous examples (2)||Reading: Matthias Shapiro, "Once upon a Stacked Time Series" (15-36)|
|Sep 4||Contemporary examples. What makes an effective data display? Thinking about audience and purpose in designing displays.||Reading: Jonathan Feinberg, "Wordle" (37-58)|
|Audience & Purpose|
|Sep 9||Developing criteria for evaluating data displays.||Exam (20 min at start of class) historical and famous examples.|
|Sep 11||Evaluating displays; group analysis of selected examples||Reading: Jessica Hagy, "Visualization: Indexed".|
|Sep 16||Data display conventions: what do your readers expect? How can you meet those expectations with graphical conventions?||Evaluation 1 due (individual, of static graphic)
Reading: Andrew Odewahn, "Visualizing the U.S. Senate Social Graph (1991-2009)" (123-141).
|Sep 18||Types of quantitative information: basic data plots.||Reading: Robert Kosara, "Turning a Table into a Tree: Growing Parallel Sets into a Purposeful Project" (193-204).|
|Sep 23||Graphical elements: points, lines, color.||Reading: Moritz Stefaner, "The Design of "X" by "Y" (205-225).|
|Sep 25||Graphical perception and misperception: testing human cognition.||Design 1 due (individual)|
|Sep 30||Designing experiments to get feedback from users of data displays: from controlled experiments to usability studies.|
|Oct 2||Interactive graphics: empowering users to manipulate displays.||Reading: Todd Holloway, "The Big Picture: Search and Discovery" (143-156).|
|Oct 7||Interactive graphics continued.||Reading: Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, "Beautiful History: Visualizing Wikipedia" (175-191).|
|Oct 9||Ethical issues in displaying data: building trust with your readers; practices that can erode that trust.||Evaluation 2 due (small group, of interactive graphic)|
|Tables, Maps & Text|
|Oct 14||Tables and matrices as display techniques.||Reading: Danyel Fisher, "Animation for Visualization: Opportunities and Drawbacks" (329-352).|
|Oct 16||Temporal visualization; animations||Reading: Eddie Jabbour, "Mapping Information: Redesigning the New York City Subway Map" (69-89).
Design 2 due (small group)
|Oct 21||Design workshop.|
|Oct 23||Maps and geographic visualizations.|
|Oct 28||More on maps and geographic visualizations.|
|Oct 30||Text visualizations: from tag clouds to concordances.||Reading: Valdis Krebs, "Your Choices Reveal Who You Are: Mining and Visualizing Social Patterns" (103-122).
Evaluation 3 due (small group, of animation/map)
|Nov 4||Visualizing networks.|
|Nov 6||Visualizing networks: social graphs.|
|Nov 11||Cross-cultural aspects of data design: how readers and design conventions vary around the globe||Design 3 due (small group)|
|Nov 13||Analysis of readings: overview.|
|Nov 18||Workshop for design 4: audience and purpose analysis.|
|Nov 25/27||Thanksgiving Week|
|Dec 2||Workshop—final design assignment.|
|Dec 4||Oral presentations of designs; process flow charts.||Design 4 and portfolio due (small group)|
|Dec 9||Presentations of portfolio.|
|Dec 11||Presentations of portfolio.|