How can you express the stories hidden in social network data? How can you explain the financial crisis in a few images?
Information is being generated at increasing speed, leading to massive volumes of stored data and to bewilderingly complex interconnected systems. Infographics can play a role in clarifying the different parts. But ultimately we need designers who have mastered the techniques so we can gain an insight into these complex matters.
This minor consists of a main programme with workshops, classes and lectures. Furthermore, there are guest lectures, master classes by design experts and at least one assignment for an external client.
- Information design (such as typography, layout and visual styles for infographics)
- Storytelling and the time factor in visualisations, like animations and online articles
- Interactivity and using large, dynamic data sets
- Designing from data (with processing, D3 libraries, data scraping, APIs and generative algorithms)
- Translating digital data into physical information objects, such as 3D-printed datascapes
- Data journalism: gathering and analysing data to find patterns that tell a story
After this minor, you will have skills that include an ability to:
- translate abstract information into meaningful visualisations in an innovative way
- experiment with ways to communicate complex information in a clear and professional way
- apply appropriate visualisation techniques (such as print, animations, interactive visualisations, physical models or combinations)
- find trends and patterns in data and translate them into a story
- find, select and analyse relevant data
- visualise with processing, D3 and other tools
- assess and improve your own and other people's work with a critical mind
- reflect critically on the role and usage of data from a designer's perspective