Average knowledge of programming, multimedia and design.
The unit includes theoretical lectures where the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques and there are presented and explained in detail.
Lectures of practical nature play the role of strengthening the connection between theoretic knowledge and its practical application. To pursue this goal we focus on problem solving and on the analysis of case studies that require combining different theoretical concepts and that promote critical reasoning.
This course adopts an encompassing perspective, understanding information visualization as a form of cognitive augmentation. It focuses on computational approaches to information visualization, presenting the theoretical foundations to build effective visualizations, providing a set of classical techniques for each type of visualization structure and promoting the application of hybrid techniques or the creation of new ones. The theoretical foundations and technical knowledge should be applied to real data scenarios, mainly investing in interactive visualizations, visual analytics and modern approaches to visualization discussed during this course.
The main competencies to be developed are:
Instrumental – analysis and synthesis, problem solving
Personal – critical thinking
Systemic - practical application of the theoretical knowledge; research
The secondary competences are:
Instrumental – organizing and planning
Personal – work in teamsSystemic – autonomous learning, creativity.
The purpose of visualization
History of visualization
Perception and cognition for visualization:
color in visualization;
Structures and visualization models:
hierarchical structures: trees;
relational structures: networks;
temporal structures: timelines and flows;
spatial structures: maps;
Approaches to visualization: between reasoning and communication:
figurative visualization and storytelling
New topics in visualization:
web based visualization;
visualization for the social web;
visualization for big data.
Resolution Problems: 20.0%
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E. R. Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd ed. Connecticut:, 2007
M. Friendly, “A Brief History of Data Visualization,” in Springer Handbooks Comp.Statistics, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2008, pp. 15–56
T. Finke and S. Manger, Informotion: Animated Infographics. Gestalten Verlag, 2012
I. Meirelles, Design for Information: An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations. Rockport Publishers, 2013
M. Lima, Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information. Princeton Architectural Press, 2011
N. Yau, Visualize This: The Flowing Data Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics. John Wiley & Sons, 2013
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E. Lupton and J. C. Phillips, Graphic Design The New Basics. Princeton Architectural Press, 2008
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