The Art of Data Visualization

DATA VISUALIZATION

Do you want to learn how to make sense of large amounts of data?  Do you want to learn to communicate complex arguments using images?  Do you want to satisfy your statistical reasoning (SR) general education requirement?

The Art of Data Visualization is an undergraduate course about designing tools to visually communicate quantitative information.  The course is aimed at students from the arts and humanities.  One of the goals of the course is to provide students with marketable skills that extend those with those adquired in those discipline and will broaden the opportunities of the students.  The evaluation of the course is project-based and involves the development of a set of visualizations around a coherent topic that will be presented at the end of the quarter in a public exhibition.

One of our previous exhibitions

Preliminary class schedule

Tu Jan 06 – Class overview.

Th Jan 08 –  Introduction to data visualization.

 

Tu Jan 13 – Basic principles of information visualization.

Th Jan 15 – Basic principles of visualization design.

 

Tu Jan 20 – Evaluating visualizations:  the visualization wheel.

Th Jan 22 – Quiz 1.

 

Tu Jan 27 – Exploratory data analysis.

Th Jan 29 – Visual cues for number representation. 

 

Tu Feb 03 – Visual cues for number representation. 

Th Feb 05 – Case studies on visualization design.

 

Tu Feb 10 – Case studies on visualization design.  Building interactive visualizations. 

Th Feb 12 – Quiz 2

 

Tu Feb 17 – Principles of graphic design. 

Th Feb 19 – Principles of graphic design. 

 

Tu Feb 24 – Visualizing spatial information.

Th Feb 26 – Visualizing relational data and text.

 

Tu Mar 03 – Peer-review of visualization for the final project.

Th Mar 05 – Quiz 3.

 

Tu Mar 10 – Peer-review of visualization for the final project.

Th Mar 12 – Guest lecture.

 

Th Mar 20  – Public exhibition (Engineering courtyard).  Setup at 12:00 am, open to the public between 12:30 PM and 3:00PM.

 

 

Instructors and Assistants