This course explores and applies dynamic and interactive qualities to content to create understandable, effective visualizations.

We will review current theories and examine real-world examples of data narratives, data visualization and time-based visualizations, analyzing motion, narration, transitions, and other visual properties that can enhance comprehension. As this field is evolving and new tools emerging, the course will also look to define additional principles and hypothesis about good design practices.

Learning Objectives
We are in the midst of a visual revolution: cheaper tools, abundant data, easily available templates, and increasing computing power allow anyone to create visualizations and make stories from them. In spite of our intent, the resulting output is often just as complex as the content itself. This course will help students:

  • Be versed in the different types of dynamic/interactive presentations
  • Understand strengths and benefits of dynamic presentations
  • Be able to strategize how best to apply dynamic/interactive properties to complex information

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to apply dynamic/interactive properties to presentations
  • Ability to critique existing visualizations in a constructive manner