Data Visualization

490b/691b | Spring 2017 | Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
Professor: Katherine Hepworth, PhD

Class Schedule

NameWeek beginning
Course overviewJan 23, 2017
Summary: Introduction to the class, overview of the syllabus & course expectations, and a refresher on design principles and terminology.
Introduction to data visualizationJan 30, 2017
Summary: Introduction to types of charts and components of charts, and making charts in Illustrator.
Ethical data visualization, empathy, and homelessnessFeb 6, 2017
Summary: Discussion of ethical data visualization, empathy activity, screening and discussion on youth homelessness in Reno.
User groups and The Eddy HouseFeb 13, 2017
Summary: User research and testing, understanding Reno's youth homeless as users.
Data and data visualization toolsFeb 27, 2017
Summary: Analyzing and visualizing data from The Eddy House using online data visualization tools and/or desktop software.
Sharing data visualizationsMar 6, 2017
Summary: Learn about and practice making data visualizations in various formats: printed documents, websites, infographics, and social media images.
Preparing data visualization based promotional items 1: User group researchMar 13, 2017
Summary: Start user group research for your main project.
Preparing data visualization based promotional items 2: Alpha prototypesMar 27, 2017
Summary: Create alpha prototypes of your visualization based promotional items, and seek feedback from Eddy House representatives on them.
Preparing data visualization based promotional items 3: Digging into dataApr 3, 2017
Summary: Explore the Eddy House data to find the stories that are compelling for your audience and chosen promotional medium.
Preparing data visualization based promotional items 4: Visual prototypesApr 10, 2017
Summary: Focus on the visual details of your prototypes, including colors, fonts, grids, any necessary templates. Find the remaining 50% of the data you need for your promotional items.
Preparing data visualization based promotional items 5: Strategy prototypesApr 17, 2017
Summary: Work on data visualization based promotional item for The Eddy House.
Preparing data visualization based promotional items 6: Final reviewApr 24, 2017
Summary: Finish up group work on your data visualization based promotional item. Start work on your pitch presentations.
Prepare project presentationsMay 1, 2017
Summary: Prepare a group pitch presentation containing your user research, design process, and final promotional item, and how it aligns to the Eddy House's communication goals.
Final class presentations: 2:45pm in RSJ104May 11, 2017
Summary: Present your work to representatives from The Eddy House.