The course is divided in two main parts: the first one, which will be more theoretical, will enable the learners to understand how to find, analyze and represent data set. In the second one, which will be more practical, the students will apply the concepts learned and develop a visual representation of a chosen data set with Processing. The course will also have a focus on ethical discussions about how data is gathered and to truthfully represent them.
– Knowledge and understanding:
– know/be able to use the basic functions and structures of Processing.
– understand/be able to use the basic concepts of object oriented programming
– be able to research, acquire, and analyze datasets.
– know the best practices on how to represent data
– be able to create an infographic (static or interactive).
– Applying knowledge and understanding
– be able to create a visual representation of a dataset with Processing.
– be able to identify the best practices/tools to visualize a chosen dataset
– Making judgements
– Be able to chose independently the right tools and techniques to realize a chosen project.
– Be able to explain technical issues about the chosen project.
– Be able to represent visually a complex dataset.
– Lifelong learning skills
– Learn a programming language and how to code.
– Carry out an in-depth investigation independently
1. Introduction to the course and to Processing: basic programming concepts and main functions to work with data.
2. The seven stages of data visualization: acquire, parse, filter, mine, represent, refine, interact.
3. Working with data: finding data, analyze data sets and develop a visualization system to represent the data.
4. Data ethics: critical analysis of the data set (how the data was collected) and the representation methods.
5. Analysis/case studies of published works.
6. Develop a visualization system to represent complex data in an easy way.
 Casey R., Ben F., Processing – A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists, 2nd Edition, MIT Press, 2014
 Tufte E. – The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd Edition, 2001
 Cairo A. – The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication, New Riders Pub, 2016
 Cairo A. – The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization, New Riders Pub, 2012