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 introduces the principles of information visualisation design, with special attention to aesthetic communication of data, metaphoric mapping, human-computer interaction, user engagement, and interdisciplinary insights. Key concepts covered in this unit include: abstract data visualisation (graphical, ambient or non-visual); metaphor creation and evaluation; interdisciplinary influences; generative design algorithms; data acquisition, parsing and processing. Using a combination of digital image manipulation tools and programming languages for processing data, students will develop information visualisations of real-world datasets that are both communicative and engaging. This is a core studio in the Bachelor of Design Computing and can be taken as elective by students enrolled in other programs (after completing the prerequisite units DECO1006 Design Thinking and DECO1012 Design Programming).

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Further unit of study information


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


Design Project(s) (90%); Participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

DECO1006 and DECO1012

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.