Detailed schedule

GDES-396 spring 2020 (David Ramos, American University Design)
ramos@american.edu · office hours

22 January

Wednesday

Class 02

« summary view

Encoding data

Topics

  • Methods of encoding data
  • Elementary perceptual tasks

Projects

  • Final critique for Dear data
  • Start Encodings

(Project work for critique or submittal should be complete at the beginning of class.)

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 1 (What We Talk About When We Talk About Visualization)
  • Truthful Art ch. 5 (Basic Principles of Visualization)

Course survey

Fill out a course survey.

5 February

Wednesday

Class 04

« summary view

Visualizing comparisons

Topics

  • Categorical data
  • Crosstabulations

Projects

  • Studio and small-group critiques for Change over time

N.B.: Plan to show your work, in progress, for a critique during any class this semester.

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 6 (Exploring Data with Simple Charts)
  • Truthful Art ch. 3 (The Truth Continuum)

12 February

Wednesday

Class 05

« summary view

Means, medians, and distributions

Topics

  • Means, medians, and distributions

In class

Projects

Reading

19 February

Wednesday

Class 06

« summary view

Type and color

Topics

  • Color
  • Color models (es. HSL/HCL)
  • Typography for visualization

Projects

Reading

  • Truthful Art ch. 9 (Seeing Relationships)
  • Robert Simmon, Subtleties of Color, parts 1 and 3
  • Optional, if you want to work more with R: Lynda Learning R course. Watch Intro and parts 1 and 2—skip “Reading Data from SPSS.” (Log in to Lynda via AU Library.)

26 February

Wednesday

Class 07

« summary view

Cartographic principles

Topics

  • Map principles
  • Projections and scale
  • Layers of spatial data

Reading

18 March

Wednesday

Class 09

« summary view

Color and typography for maps

Topics

  • Color and pattern on maps
  • Typography for maps
  • GIS workflows

Reading

25 March

Wednesday

Class 10

« summary view

Quantitative data on maps

Topics

  • Representing quantitative spatial data

Projects

  • Final critique for Mapping

Reading

1 April

Wednesday

Class 13

« summary view

Studio/critique

Reading

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

5 May

Tuesday

« summary view

All projects must be turned in; no class

Class does not meet during exam period.

  • Final project is due