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DESIGN 478 A: Information Design

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 3:20pm
ART 247
Karen Cheng
Karen Cheng

Syllabus Description:

This course is restricted to undergraduate and graduate students in the UW Division of Design, School of Art + Art History + Design and selected students in the UW MHCI+D program.

If you are not a UW Design or UW MHCI+D student and you wish to request a seat in the class, please email me at In your email, please include a link to your online visual design portfolio, or attach a PDF (10MB maximum) of your design work. Please also explain your prior experience/qualifications in visual design.

DESIGN 478: Information Design is an advanced visual design course in information visualization. The final deliverables in the course may be either print and/or web-based infographic narratives. Please note that in order to succeed in this course, students must have intermediate to advanced knowledge in visual communication design (typography, color, composition, etc.) and web design. The course also assumes that students have intermediate to advanced skills in using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign).

Course Objectives:
The purpose of this class is to help students develop the skills necessary to research, analyze, and present information in a compelling visual narrative. Specifically, students will:

—Research and assemble a comprehensive set of information and data
—Transform this research into clear and persuasive information/data graphics
—Organize information/data graphics (and text) into an engaging story
—Discuss, analyze and evaluate effective and ineffective information design

Previous examples of student projects from this course may be viewed at:

A suggested reading/book list in information visualization is compiled here:

Catalog Description: 
Exploration of strategies for enhancing and visually presenting complex statistics and data. Various information subjects are selected and formed into charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, directories and maps. Identify, through personal investigations, the principles which provide the most successful means for presentation of information. Prerequisite: DESIGN 466.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:11pm