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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:


This course surveys the principles and techniques for designing effective information visualizations. It looks at what data is (and what it isn’t), how its collected (and why that matters), and how data can be used to tell compelling stories. We will investigate information structures such as statistical graphs, maps, timelines, and diagrams. Emphasis will be placed on inventive ways to communicate complex, multifaceted ideas or subjects to a general audience. The course combines studio projects, individual and group critiques, lectures, and readings. 


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 in light of current research and best practices
  • Refine typographic and visual communication skills


Learning outcomes

  • Expand your understanding of the field of information visualization
  • Develop a critical eye for data collection and visualization  
  • Experiment with artistic and creative visualizations 


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: 
October 14, 2021 - 6:21am