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: May 6 & 14, 2021
Times: 9am-12:30pm EDT
Classroom: Online (Zoom)

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Day I - May 6, 2021

Time: 9 am to 12:30 pm EDT
Online (Zoom)
Welcome & Introduction (1 hour)
What? Why? Who? How?
Design Sprint: Overview
Coffee Break (5 mins)
Map (1 hour)
What is the question? Who is the audience? What is the data?
Design Sprint: Map
Coffee Break (5 min)
Sketch (1 hour)
Graphical Integrity. Keep It Simple. Sketching
Design Sprint: Sketch
Wrap-Up & End of Day 1 (20 min)

Day 2 - May 14, 2021

Time: 2-5:30 pm EDT
Online (Zoom)
Welcome and Recap (20 mins)
Decide (1 hour)
What is effective? Perception. Functional Color.
Design Sprint: Decide
Coffee Break (5 min)
Prototype (1 hour)
What is the message? Data Stories. Dashboard Design.
Design Sprint: Prototype
Coffee Break (5 min)
Test (45 min)
User Testing. Think Aloud Studies.
Design Sprint: Think Aloud Study.
Wrap-up & End of Workshop (15 min)