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DESIGN 384 A: Information Visualization For Interaction Designers

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 228
Jayme Yen
Jayme Yen

Syllabus Description:

Instructor: Jayme Yen (
Office Hours:
T/Th, 5:30 – 6:30pm, Art 228, or by appointment

This studio class explores information visualization through design principles that are integral to effective visualization projects. We will explore the distinction between formats that are static representations of knowledge versus formats that dynamically generate knowledge. Students will develop their skills in the presentation of information, with an emphasis on meaning and effective communication through abstraction, typography, and visual organization.


Learning Goals

The purpose of this class is to help students develop the skills to research and present quantitative and qualitative information to facilitate the understanding of complex subjects. Specifically, students will:

  • Identify, research, and assemble data, statistics, and information
  • Transform research into compelling, evidence-based visual storytelling
  • Evaluate effective and ineffective info visualizations
  • Refine typographic and visual communication skills


A full syllabus + schedule can be downloaded here.

For class resources, see this shared Google doc. 

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Note that the syllabus and schedule are subject to revision as needed (check your email for updates). 

Catalog Description: 
Surveys information visualization approaches, techniques, and concepts for the design of interaction information systems, interactive instructions, and animated information graphics.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
September 16, 2021 - 3:31pm