Meaningful Data Design

Exchange programme

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.

Typical topics

  • 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

Learning objectives

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