Data Vis Session 1: Histories, Intros, Exercises.


While you’re waiting for class to begin, please take a look at the links as food for thought.


  • 6:30-7:00- Syllabus Explanation/Discussion
  • 7:00-7:20- Introductions
  • 7:20-8:00- Lecture: A Brief History of Data Visualization
  • 8:00-8:40- Break & Data Vis Sculptures
  • 8:40-8:55- Reconvene
  • 8:55-9:15- Discussion
  • 9:15-9:20- Next Week’s Assignments

Next Week’s Assignments

  • BOOKS: Go to the library, a bookstore, or an online retailer to get actual, printed book(s) for our DATA VIS BOOK CLUB next week. You can get a recommended book from the syllabus and/or get a book that inspires you. Add your book to this list so we don’t have too many copies of the same book.
  • BLOG: If you don’t have a blog already, set one up. Send me the blog URL. Add a brief blog post that
    • introduces yourself and why you’d like to take this class.
    • includes a link to a data visualization that inspires you. It could be a small visualization that you aspire to make through this class, or a large, long-term team effort. It could be a screen-based visualization or documentation from a tangible visualization (ie a haptic tool or a sculpture). It could be something that you’ve worked on. Briefly describe why it inspires you.


Photos from our Data Vis Sculptures. Captions and more notes to come.