Fall 2011 Interaction Design Course Schedule

Instructor

Dr. Cheryl Zhenyu Qian

Office: PAO 3167
Email: qianz at purdue dot edu

A&D 690 Wiki Space

TEXTBOOKS

Ward, M., Grinstein, G., and D. Keim, (2010), Interactive data visualization: foundations, techniques, and applications. Natick, Mass: A K Peters.

Tufte, E. (1983), The visual display of quantitative information, Cheshire, CO: Graphics Press.

MORE RESOUCES

Few, S. (2009), Now you see it: simple visualization techniques for quantitative analysis, Oakland, CA: Analytics Press.

Spence, R. (2007), Information visualization: design for interaction, Harlow, England: Addison Wesley.

Ware, C. (2004), Information visualization: perception for design, San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufman.

 

I - Introduction to Information Visualization
WEEK 1  Aug 25 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Introduction

  • Why visualization helps?
  • Definition
  • Tasks
  • Spatial vs. abstract data

Discuss the course assignments and your course expectation

Finish this week's required reading

Get familiar with wiki space

 

1. Create your own wiki page and post name, email, photo of yourself, and a paragraph of self-introduction.

2. Finish the first two weeks' required reading

Ward Chapter 1

J.-D. Fekete, J. van Wijk, J. Stasko, C. North, "The Value of Information Visualization", in Information Visualization: Human-Centered Issues and Perspectives, (Editors: A. Kerren, J. Stasko, J.-D. Fekete, C. North), Springer, 2008, pp. 1-18.

B. Shneiderman, "The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations." Proc. 1996 IEEE Visual Languages, Sept. 1996, pp. 336-343.

J. van Wijk, "Views on Visualization", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 12, No. 4, Jul-Aug 2006, pp. 421-433.

 

II - Design Principles and Tools
WEEK 2  Sept 1 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Perception and Cognition for Visualization

  • Scales of Measurement
  • Visual attention
  • Texture coding
  • Gestalt laws

Introduce the term project

Work on Exercise 1

 

Exercise 1: Data exploration and analysis

Ward Chapter 3

C. Healey, "Perception in Visualization," NC State

D. Norman, "Visual Representations", Chapter 3 in Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine, Addison-Wesley, 1994.

W. S. Cleveland and R. McGill, "Graphical Perception: Theory, Experimentation and the Application to the Development of Graphical Models", J. Am. Stat. Assoc., Vol.79, No.387, pp. 531-554, 1984.

Related websites:



WEEK 3  Sept 8 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Design Principles

  • Stephen Few's principles
  • Edward Tufte's principles

Present your Exercise 1 with wiki page

 

Exercise 2: Table and graph design

Tufte, Envisioning Information

Few 2009, Now You See It, chapters 5-12

Exercise 1 (5%)
WEEK 4  Sept 15 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Cheryl goes to IDSA conference, meet her individually to discuss your semester project topic

 

 

Tufte, The visual display of quantitative information, Chapter 1-3

 

WEEK 5  Sept 22 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: InfoVis Tools

  • Introduction of some commercial InfoVis systems
  • Evaluation methods and procedure

Present your Exercise 2 with wiki page

Exercise 3: Visualizing data with Many Eyes

Ward Chapter 14

M. Spenke and C. Beilken, "InfoZoom - Analysing Formula One racing results with an interactive data mining and visualization tool," Proceedings of 2nd Intl. Conf. on Data Mining, July 2000.

Software:

 

Exercise 2 (5%)
WEEK 6  Sept 29 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Color and Associations

  • Human eye and colors
  • Quantity of light and colors
  • Applications

Present your Exercise 3 with wiki page

Exercise 4: Explore network visualization

M. Stone, "Choosing Colors for Data Visualization", 2006.

Related websites:

Exercise 3 (5%)

WEEK 7   Oct 6 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Visualization Interaction

  • Definition of interaction
  • Types & Links
  • Challenges
  • Techniques
  • Infographics

Prof. Sigman introduces the new course

Brainstorm and discuss the exhibition themes

Work on your term project prototypes

 

Ward Chapter 10 & 11

Exercise 4 (5%)

Decide the theme of exhibition


III - Types of Information Visualization
WEEK 8  Oct 13 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Quantitative Data Display I

  • Tree structure
  • Node-link
  • Geographic Visualization
Work on your term project prototypes  

Ward Chapter 8

Tufte The visual display of quantitative information Chapter 4 ~ 6

 
WEEK 9  Oct 20 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Present, discuss and critique your term project prototypes

 

 

Ward Chapter 8

Tufte The visual display of quantitative information, Chapter 7 ~ 9

B. Johnson and B. Shneiderman, "Tree-maps: A Space Filling Approach to the Visualization of Hierarchical Information Structures", Proc. of Vis '91, Oct. 1991, pp. 284-291.

Both prototypes of visualizations (10%)

WEEK 10  Oct 27 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due
ID team arrange the lazercutter workshop

Work on the poster based visualization

 

WEEK 11   Nov 3 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Quantitative Data Display II

  • Graph structure
  • Graph Layout
  • Glyph Visualization
  • "Infinite Zooming" - Gigapixel Visualization

Work on the poster based visualization

 

Ward Chapter 9

F. Viegas, M. Wattenberg, "Tag Clouds and the Case for Vernacular Visualization", interactions, Vol. 15, No. 4, Jul-Aug 2008, pp. 49-52.

D.A. Keim and D. Oelke, "Literature Fingerprinting: A New Method for Visual Literary Analysis", Proc. of IEEE VAST '07, Oct. 2007, pp. 115-122.

Term project poster based visualization (15%)
WEEK 12   Nov 10 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Text Visualization

  • From searching to sense making
  • Challenges
  • Examples of text clouds
  • Metrics
  • Heuristic evaluation

Work on the physical based visualization

 

F. Viegas, S. Golder, and J. Donath, "Visualizing Email Content: Portraying Relationships from Conversational Histories", Proceedings of CHI 2006, Montreal, Canada, April 2006, pp. 979-988.

M. Wattenberg and J. Kriss, "Designing for Social Data Analysis," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics Vol. 12, No. 4, Jul.-Aug. 2006, pp. 549-557.

 

 

WEEK 13   Nov 17 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Lecture: Social + Narrative Visualization

  • Causal InfoVis definition and examples
  • Telling stories with data: narrative visualization
  • Some Visual Analytic examples

Work on the physical based visualization

J. Heer and G. Robertson. "Animated Transitions in Statistical Data Graphics," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics Vol. 13, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2007, pp. 1240-1247.

Z. Pousman, J. T. Stasko and M. Mateas, "Casual Information Visualization: Depictions of Data in Everyday Life", IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, Vol. 13, No. 6, November/December 2007, pp. 1145-1152.

T. Skog, et al, "Between Aesthetics and Utility: Designing Ambient Information Visualizations", Proc. of InfoVis '03, pp. 233-240.


Term project physical based visualization (15%)

Nov. 19th, gallery installation

WEEK 14   Nov 24 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Thanksgiving Vacation

No Class!

 

 

 

IV - Bringing It Together: the Final Design Report
WEEK 15  Dec 1 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Gallery show and reception. You should run an evaluation study

 

 
WEEK 16   Dec 8 Two-hour Class Activity Assignment Reading(s) Due

Final Project submission

 

 

 

Heuristic evaluation report (10%)

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