Data Narratives: The Art and Craft of Information Visualisation
The amount of data we create and consume in everyday life is increasing at a staggering rate. Over the past few years, we’ve seen companies and organizations of all sizes create–and make public–data for people to use. But only good visualizations tell a story.
This two-week summer program teaches students methods and techniques for telling stories with complex data. Students will learn how people process images, methods for making data clear, how to access APIs and other data sources, and how to make data interactive with tools such as Processing.
The two-week program takes place June 18-June 29 Mondays through Thursdays. In the afternoons from 4PM-6PM, students participate in a project-based studio where they apply the methods they learn to a problem in the urban environment in New York City. In the evenings, students take part in courses from 7PM-10PM. The week kicks off with a briefing on the first day.
Data Narratives is a credit-bearing, concise yet comprehensive program in data visualization, comprising the following courses:
Telling Stories with Data
Instructor: Jennifer Daniel
In this course, students will focus on the story that graphics can tell through a focus on communication design displays with type, with points and lines, with area, and with color and organization. How do students use these principles to find and tell stories with data?
Developing Narrative Structures
Instructor: Daniel Goddemeyer
Building on a foundation of core design concepts like typography, color and composition, students proceed through graph and map-making best practices toward advanced topics of data structure and programmatic visualizations.
Programming for Designers
Using Processing as a central programming language, students will be introduced to concepts for making data concrete, including brief introductions to other tools such as Protovis. Students will have a firm understanding of geo-coding and how to integrate APIs to make data visual.
Visualizing New York
Instructor: Hilla Katki
New York City is an infinite stream of infinitely intersecting datasets. Using the physical space of the city as inspiration, students will create a visualization that evokes a specific quality (or set of qualities) of New York City, and has the capacity to change over time or in response to the city. The visualization should push the boundaries of the ways that data is conventionally defined, conceptualized, and displayed by experimenting with ideas of utility, aesthetics, structure, typography, and image. The final project must be presented as a response to a particular site/location in the city, and may be installed at the site, if time permits. The program will culminate in a public show of the projects in the form of a (virtual) tour of the city.
The program is collaborative residency program, and each student can work individually or collaboratively in the loft-like space during the course of the program. Situated on its own floor of a light-filled building in the Flatiron District, the MFA Interaction Design space has the workflow of designers in mind.
The cost for the Data Narratives program is $2,000 USD.
Registration will remain open until all sessions are full. A partial waitlist will open once the program sells out to accommodate any late cancellations.
NOTICE - SVA SUMMER HOUSING IS SOLD OUT! - 6/1/12
The School of Visual Arts has several affordable and comfortable housing options for visiting students coming to work, live and experience New York City this summer. SVA offers MFA Interaction Design Summer Program students single rooms with private bathrooms and air conditioning in our George Washington Residence Hall. Housing is available for the duration of the program from June 17th - July 1st at a flat rate of $420. For details and further assistance visit Summer Housing for Special Programs.
REGISTRATION CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY
All refunds for payment made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa will be credited to the appropriate credit card account. Payment made by check or money order will be refunded by check, payable to the registrant. Processing of check refunds takes approximately four weeks.
Monday, June 18
4PM - 10PM
MFA Interaction Design(View Map)
136 West 21 Street
New York, NY 10011