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The class schedule may change as the course progresses; changes will be posted on the course website and the class listserv.


Class 1: 01-08-2013
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Course description & outline, class format, grades, resources.
Information Visualization - Overview, history, relation to other disciplines.


Explore and discuss different visualizations:

Introduction of the "INFORMATION VISUALIZATION" Oncourse workspace by Scott Weingart.

Project 1: Personal Profile and Insightful Information Visualizations
Due 01-14-2013 at noon (~ 1 week)

Class 2: 01-15-2013
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User centered visualization design. Designing remarkable and insightful visualizations that address the needs of their users.

Readings:Nahum Gershon, Stephen G. Eick and Stuart Card (1998) Information visualization, Interactions, March & April, pp. 9-15.
Nahum Gershon & Ward Page (2001) What storytelling can do for information visualization. Communications of the ACM 44(8): 31-37.
Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen, TED Talk and his 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four


InfoVis frameworks such as those discussed in:


Read also:

Information Visualization MOOC

Please register at and learn!

Class 3: 01-22-2013

IVMOOC Week 1 – Visualization Framework & Workflow Design

Class 4: 01-29-2013

IVMOOC Week 2 – "When:" Temporal Data

Class 5: 02-05-2013

IVMOOC Week 3 – "Where:" Geospatial Data

Class 6: 02-12-2013

IVMOOC Week 4 – "What:" Topical Data Mid-Term

Class 7: 02-19-2013

IVMOOC Week 5 – "With Whom:" Trees

Class 8: 02-26-2013

IVMOOC Week 6 – "With Whom:" Networks

Class 9: 03-05-2013

IVMOOC Week 7 – Dynamic Visualizations & Deployment

Class 10: 03-12-2013 Have a nice Spring Break!

Perception for Design

Class 11: 03-19-2013
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Setting the context (Science of data visualization [Ware, 1999] chapter 1); The human visual system & a science for data visualization, Environment, optics, resolution and display [Ware, 1999] chapter 2); Lightness, brightness, contrast and constancy [Ware, 1999] chapter 3; Color [Ware, 1999] chapter 4).

Play: Jim Bumgardner's Colr Pickr, Cindy Brewer's ColorBrewer, and Adobe's Kuler.

Lab: Using Adobe Firework for graphic design. Read also Adobe's Typography Primer and The Dallas Morning News Graphics Stylebook.

Presentation during Lab:

Client Project: Work in a Team to Design an Insightful Visualization
Due 04-22-2013 at noon

Class 12: 03-26-2013
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Making information visible (Visual attention and information that pops out [Ware, 1999] chapter 5; Static and moving patterns [Ware, 1999] chapter 6; Visual objects and data objects [Ware, 1999] chapter 7).

Play: Psychology Tutorials and Demonstrations

Presentations during Lab:

Class 13: 04-02-2013
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Perception and interaction. Optical illusions. (Space perception and the display of data in space [Ware, 1999] chapter 8; Images and words [Ware, 1999] chapter 9, interacting with visualizations)

Watch: Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Jaw-dropping Photosynth demo, TED Talk.


Lab: Exploration and discussion of diverse static and dynamic illusions and information visualizations.

Tour: Using the iQ-Wall to do a virtual tour of the Advanced Visualization Lab

Class 14: 04-09-2013

Lecture: Q&A with Bill Ribarsky.

Lab: Discussion of intermediate final project results


Challenges and Opportunities

Class 15: 04-16-2013

Current trends in information visualization & remaining fundamental problems in the field. Scalability and complexity issues.
Discussion of test questions as preparation for final exam.

Play: 3D PDF and Tableau Public

Lecture: Discussion with William S. Cleveland, Statistics and Computer Science, Purdue University


Class 16: 04-23-2013

Final Project Demos

Final Exam On Tue April 30, 10:15-11:15a, LI030.
It will be open book - you can use all your notes etc. You will not be able to use a computer.

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