Information Visualisation Design Studio (DECO3100)


The field of information visualisation focuses on how non-physical data can be effectively represented to users, in an interactive and automatic way. This unit of study will introduce the principles of information visualisation design, with special attention to metaphoric mapping, human-computer interaction, user engagement, and interdisciplinary insights. Topics will include: abstract data visualisation (graphical, ambient or non-visual); metaphor creation and evaluation; interdisciplinary influences; generative design algorithms; data acquisition, parsing and processing. After successful completion of this unit of study, students will have acquired: an awareness of information visualisation issues through reviews of significant research publications; a research methodology by the development of a relevant research paper; design skills required to develop an information visualization prototype using a real-world dataset; relevant knowledge about tools and programming languages that process data and render both communicative and powerful visual displays. This is a core studio in the Bachelor of Design Computing.

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Lecture 1 hr/wk, Tutorial 2 hrs/wk, Studio 3 hrs/wk


Group design project(s) (50%), individual design project(s) (35%), tutorial exercises and class participation (15%)

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