Detailed schedule

GDES-396 spring 2019 (David Ramos, American University Design)
ramos@american.edu · office hours

17 January

Thursday

Class 02

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Introduction; Encoding data

  • Introduction

Demo links: Last 30 days of rodent/insect control requests on Open Data DC

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 1 (What We Talk About When We Talk About Visualization)
  • As soon as you can, read Truthful Art ch. 2 (The Five Qualities of Great Visualizations)

Projects

Filling in design/software skills

If you aren’t yet conversant with Illustrator, start watching the Lynda Illustrator Essential Training. (Log in to Lynda via AU Library.)

If you haven’t taken a type course, read through the “Letter” and “Text” sections of Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type site.

There is no deadline for completing this reading, but you will need the skills for the more complex class projects.

24 January

Thursday

Class 03

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Visualizing change; Workbench workflows

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 5 (Basic Principles of Visualization)

Projects

In class

U.S. Navy ship force levels (ZIP) from Naval History and Heritage Command tables.

A note about typefaces

For this course, I strongly recommend that you choose well-designed, highly legible, fonts of the sort that you might use for setting body copy in a book. Fonts with loud voices will tend to interfere with the reader’s comprehension, and they leave you less room to address the more important design questions.

Free/open source suggestions: Source Sans Pro, IBM Plex, Barlow, Cormorant Garamond, Libre Caslon, and Libre Baskerville. (More libre fonts.)

Commercial suggestions: Adobe Minion, Adobe Garamond, Caslon, Frutiger, Trade Gothic, Franklin Gothic, Myriad, Meta, DIN, Helvetica, Jenson, Archer, Gotham, and Whitney.

28 January

Monday

Class 04

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Studio

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 8 (Revealing Change)

11 February

Monday

Class 08

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Studio

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 9 (Seeing Relationships)

14 February

Thursday

Class 09

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Critique

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 3 (The Truth Continuum)

Projects

25 February

Monday

Class 12

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Studio

Reading

  • (optional) Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, Dear Data project

28 February

Thursday

Class 13

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Maps: scale, coordinate systems, and mapping with analog tools

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 10 (Mapping Data)

7 March

Thursday

Class 15

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Maps: projections, data layers, and editing data in QGIS

Projects

  • Visualization project is due.
  • Start Mapping.

Reading

  • QGIS tutorial

18 March

Monday

Class 16

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Reference maps in QGIS

Reading

  • QGIS tutorial

11 April

Thursday

Class 23

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Studio

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 4 (Of Conjectures and Uncertainty)

5 May

Sunday

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Exam period (class does not meet)

Projects

  • Turn in projects by 5:00 p.m.