The amount and complexity of information produced in science, engineering, business, and everyday human activity is increasing at staggering rates. The goal of this course is to expose you to visual representation methods and techniques that increase the understanding of data. Through a set of hands-on activities and a team-based design process you will learn how to effectively visualize data for improved comprehension, communication, and decision making.

After completion of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Evaluate and critique visualization designs
  • Apply principles of effective visualizations
  • Tell stories with visualizations
  • Follow a principled design process
Prof. Hanspeter Pfister

Visual Computing Group
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University

Dates: January 6 & 13, 2023
Times: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm ET
Classroom: Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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Harvard CS171


Day I - January 6, 2023

Welcome & Introduction (1 hour)
What? Why? Who? How?
Design Sprint: Overview & Team Formation
Coffee Break (10 mins)
Map (1 hour)
What is the question? Who is the audience? What is the data?
Design Sprint: Map & Tableau
Lunch Break (1 hour)
Sketch (1 hour)
What is effective? Graphical Integrity. Keep It Simple. Sketching.
Design Sprint: Sketch
Coffee Break (10 mins)
Choose the Right Chart (45 mins)
Choose the Right Chart
Design Sprint: Sketch & Decide
Wrap-Up & End of Day 1 (5 min)

Day 2 - January 13, 2023

Welcome and Recap (20 mins)
Storytelling (1 hour)
Data Stories. What Is The Message?
Design Sprint: Prototype
Coffee Break (10 min)
Perception (1 hour)
Contrast. Color.
Design Sprint: Prototype
Lunch Break (1 hour)
Test (1 hour)
User Testing. Think Aloud Studies.
Design Sprint: Think Aloud Study & Iteration.
Coffee Break (10 min)
Show & Tell (40 min)
Show & Tell Presentations.
Wrap-up & End of Workshop (10 min)