Data Visualization In The Community
[Formerly Data Visualization from 2D to 4D]
DM-GY 9103-D, Fall 2017
Prof. Arlene Ducao, arlduc [at] nyu.edu
Thursdays, 3:30-6:20 PM
2 Metrotech, Room 816
- To understand the history, functionality, and anatomy of data visualization.
- To classify data and information visualization based on temporal, spatial, tangible, and contextual criteria.
- To understand the politics and community contexts that inform data visualization.
- To choose and apply the appropriate tools for developing a wide array of basic data visualizations.
- To plan and execute a complex data visualization project based on human-centered design principles, including significance, relevance, and usability.
Note: Guest lecturers and trips are subject to change.
Phase I: Let’s Visualize.
- Session 1: September 7. Class Overview and Toolkit.
- Session 2: September 14. Toolkit Deep Dives. Guest: Julia Kim, Library of Congress.
- NO CLASS (Session 3): September 21. Self-Guided Sessions.
- Session 4: September 28. Field trip to the Associated Press.
- Session 5: October 5. Phase 1 visualization presentations.
Phase 2: Whose Data Is It, Anyway?
- Session 6: October 12. Guest: Farhan Mustafa, Grafiti; Lenina Nadal, Global Action Project.
- NO CLASS: October 19. Self-guided Field Trip to New York Hall of Science (discuss with class)
- Session 7: October 26. Guest speaker on R and data analysis: Kevin Miklasz, Brainpop.
- Session 8: November 2. Book and community updates.
- Session 9: November 9. Phase 2 paper presentations.
Phase 3: Visualization for Actual People.
- Session 10: November 16. Discussion on color. Phase 3 one-on-one project discussions.
- NO CLASS: November 23, Thanksgiving.
- Session 11: November 30, Final project studio time.
- Session 12: December 7. Field Trip to Viacom.
- Session 13: December 14. Final project presentations. Invite your community partners!
Recommended Tools (and see more in the Assignment 1 PDF)
- Data exploration tools. See some examples at Northwestern Knight Lab and DataBasic.io.
- A tabular software environment (Excel, Google sheet, Zoho sheet, etc)
- A relational software environment or interface (MySQL, Tableau, SODA)
- A cartographic package (i.e. TileMill, CartoDB, QGIS)
- A natural language processing environment (IBM Watson)
- A 3D CAD tool (I recommend trying TinkerCAD)
- Creative computing tools like Processing, Arduino, or Quartz Composer (for Mac only)
- Statistical analytics tools like R, Matlab, or SPSS.
Recommended Books (to be discussed in Class 1)
Technique / Science Books
- Börner, Katy. Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010.
- Börner, Katy. Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015.
- Börner, Katy and David E. Polley. Visual Insights: A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Data. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014.
- Cairo, Alberto. The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication. New Riders, 2016.
- Day, Ronald. Indexing It All: The Subject in the Age of Documentation, Information, and Data. MIT Press, 2016.
- Lima, Manuel. Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013.
- Meeks, Elijah. D3.js In Action. Manning Publications, 2015.
- Munzner, Tamara. Visualization Analysis and Design. AK Peters / CRC Press, 2014.
- Murray, Scott. Data Visualization For The Web. O’Reilly, 2013.
- Telea, Alexandru. Data Visualization: Principles and Practice, Second Edition. AK Peters / CRC Press, 2014.
- Ware, Colin. Information Visualization, Third Edition: Perception For Design. Morgan Kaufman, 2012.
- Wong, Dona. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don’ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures. W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.
- Yau, Nathan: Visualize This: The Flowing Data Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. Wiley, 2011.
Historical / Foundational Books
- Burke, Colin. Information and Intrigue: For Index Cards to Dewey Decimals to Alger Hiss. MIT Press, 2014.
- Brinton, Willard Cope: Graphic Methods for Presenting Facts. New York: The Engineering Magazine Company, 1914.
- Brinton, Willard Cope: Graphic Presentation. New York: Brinton Associates, 1939.
- Bertin, Jacques: Semiologie Graphique (Semiology of Graphics). ESRI Press, 2010 (first edition 1967).
- Drucker, Joanna. Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014
- Halpern, Orit. Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason Since 1945. Duke University Press, 2015.
- Kitchin, Rob. The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences. SAGE Publications: 2014.
- Mireilles, Isabel. Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations. Rockport Publishers, 2013.
- Rumsey, Abby Smith. When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future. Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
- Strosberg, Eliane. Art and Science. Abbeville Press, 2015.
- Tufte, Edward. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, 1983.
- Tufte, Edward. Envisioning Information. Graphics Press, 1990.
- Tufte, Edward. Visual Explanations. Graphics Press, 1997.
- Zielinsky, Siegfried. Deep Time of Media: Toward an Archeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means. MIT Press, 2008.
Recommended Web Sites
Thursday by appointment. E-mail arlduc [at] nyu.edu to make an appointment.
- 20% Phase 1 Project: Demonstration of prototype & brief write-up.
- 20% Phase 2 Paper: Research article & MLA-formatted bibliography.
- 25% Phase 3 Final: An ethnographic project drawing on skills and concepts developed in Phase 1 and 2.
- 20% Class participation.
- 15% Blog posts based on class discussion and project development. At least nine posts are required for the semester (three posts per class phase).
- Encouraged extra credit options:
- Expanded blogging
- Video documentation
- Project web site
- Conference paper
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