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Karen Cheng
ART 478
Seattle Campus

Information Design

Exploration of strategies for enhancing and visually presenting complex statistics and data. Various information subjects are selected and formed into charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, directories and maps. Identify, through personal investigations, the principles which provide the most successful means for presentation of information. Prerequisite: ART 368; ART 378.

Class description

The purpose of this class is to help students develop the skills necessary to research, analyze, develop and present visual information.

Student learning goals

Lean to research and assemble a comprehensive set of data.

Learn to transform data into a clear and persuasive information graphics.

Discuss, analyze and evaluate good (and bad) information design.

General method of instruction

Initially, students will work in small groups to research their assigned subject. Then, students will work individually develop a series of data graphics (comparative charts, tables, graphs diagrams, etc.) Ultimately, each student will compose their data graphics into a: 1)a pair of information design posters/panels and 2)a short interactive information design module.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisites are ART 368 are ART 378. This course is for design majors only.

I do not accept non-design majors (including fine art majors) into this course, due to past experiences with inadequately prepared students. All students must have extensive experience of typography, visualizations, composition, color theory, etc.

Class assignments and grading

Grading is based on: The quality of the final projects—both visual and conceptual; The design process—the extent of exploration and variation completed over the quarter; Class participation, within the research group, during critiques and work sessions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Karen Cheng
Date: 09/27/2010