This is the course website for HCDE 548, Advanced Topics in Information Visualization.


Cecilia Aragon
407A Sieg Hall, 206-221-0323
Office Hours: By appointment
Best way to contact me is via email: aragon (at) uw. edu


Katie Kuksenok
Allen Hall
Office Hours: By appointment
Email: kuksenok (at) cs.washington.edu
Website: http://anachrobot.us/

Course Objectives

This partial-studio, partial-seminar class will combine discussion of current infovis topics with hands-on design exercises and critiques. Every two-hour session will consist of one hour of hands-on work relevant to a particular visualization topic. The second hour will be comprised of discussion of recent papers on that topic. Topics to be covered include: appropriate allocation of visual attributes to data variables, designing with color and luminance contrast, the psychology of human vision and perception, visual analytics, interaction, storytelling, text visual analytics, big data visualization, uncertainty visualization, network visualization, cartographic visualization, animation and time series visualization, and class preferences. Students are encouraged to bring in ongoing research, but the studio part of the course will consist of several projects that focus on intermediate progress, iteration, and critique.

The final group project will consist of the design and implementation of an interactive visualization. This project may be an iteration of an in-class project or may relate to the student's existing research goals. Project topics and scope will be determined jointly by students and instructor.

Class Meetings

Class meets TTh 2:30-4:20pm in 226 Sieg Hall. The format of the class will be half-studio, half-seminar, with substantial in-class presentations, design and activities.

Class CommonView Site and Discussion Board



Grades will be determined as follows:

In-class work and class participation cannot be made up.

Final projects cannot be turned in late.

Readings and Books

Readings will consist of papers that will be accessible online or handed out in class.