Data Visualization from 2D to 4D
[Screen Graphics to Physical Objects]
DM-GY 9103, Fall 2015
Prof. Arlene Ducao, arlduc [at] nyu.edu
Thursdays, 6:30-9:20 PM
2 Metrotech, Room 811
- 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 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 audience-centric design principles including significance, relevance, and usability.
- First part (60-90 minutes): Lecture, discussion, critique.
- Second part (90-110 minutes): Hands-on building & testing. Early sessions will offer technical how-tos and labs, later sessions will offer open work time for your projects.
Note: Guest lecturers and critics are subject to change.
- Class 1: September 3
- Lecture: A Brief History of Data Visualization.
- Activity: Introductions and Group Exercise.
- Class 2: September 10
- Lecture: Data Vis Toolbox.
- Activity: Book sharing; Tabular and Query tools.
- Class 3: September 17
- Lecture: Catherine Cramer, New York Hall of Science.
- Activity: Finish Tabular and Query tools; Lit Review exercise.
- Class 4: September 24
- Lecture: Chris Willard, Guidewire Software.
- Activity: Start brainstorming for midterm.
- Class 5: October 1
- Lecture: Catherine D’Ignazio, Emerson Engagement Lab.
- Activity: Geo-spatial vis tools.
- Class 6: October 8
- Lecture: Ekene Ijeoma, multi-dimensional cartographies.
- Lecture: Kevin Miklasz, Function vs. aesthetics in data visualization: some case studies.
- Activity: Student-student critiques and open work time.
- Class 7: October 15
- MIDTERM with guest critics De Angela Duff and Holly Orr, NYU.
- Class 8: October 22
- Lecture: Bex Hurwitz, Research Action Design.
- Activity: Human-centered design exercise (design principles).
- No Class October 29.
- Class 9: November 5
- Lecture: Austin Lee, Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon.
- Activity: CAD and Motion Graphics Tools.
- Class 10: November 12
- Lecture: Rafi Santo, Mozilla Hive.
- Lesson: Kevin Miklasz on R and statistical significance.
- Activity: Additional tutorials and troubleshooting as needed.
- Class 11: November 19
- Lecture/lab: Richard The, Google and SVA.
- Lecture/lab: Peiqi Su, NYU ITP.
- Class 12: December 3.
- Lecture: Sha Hwang, Healthcare.gov, Gifpop, more.
- Activity: Prepare for FINAL
- Class 13: December 10
- FINAL with guest critics Amy Yu (Viacom) and Birago Jones (Indicator Ventures, UBQ)
- 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)
- Cytoscape or other network graph package (D3 could also work)
- A free 3D CAD tool (I recommend trying OpenSCAD and TinkerCAD)
- Quartz Composer (for Mac only)
Recommended Books (to be discussed in Class 1)
- 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).
- 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.
- Börner, Katy. Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010.
- Lima, Manuel. Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. Princeton: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013.
- Börner, Katy and David E. Polley. Visual Insights: A Practical Guide to Making Sense of Data. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014.
- Drucker, Joanna. Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014.
- Börner, Katy. Atlas of Knowledge: Anyone Can Map. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015.
- Strosberg, Eliane. Art and Science. Abbeville Press, 2015.
- Halpern, Orit. Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason Since 1945. Duke University Press, 2015.
Thursday by appointment. E-mail arlduc [at] nyu.edu to make an appointment.
Note: Working in groups is strongly encouraged.
- 25% Midterm: Demonstration of prototype & two-page paper with MLA-formatted bibliography.
- 35% Final: Demonstration of prototype & four-page paper with MLA-formatted bibliography.
- 20% Class participation.
- 20% Blog posts based on class discussion and project development. At least ten posts are required from the entire semester (five by midterms, five by finals).
- Encouraged extra credit options:
- Expanded blogging
- Video documentation
- Project web site
- Conference paper
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