As the Earth shrinks due to the effects of digital communication and globalization, designers' ability to access data about their potential users increases dramatically. The visualization of this information offers designers a valuable opportunity to identify patterns, test hypotheses, and arrive at new and unexpected insights.

In this exploratory workshop, students will have the opportunity to hone their communication design skills while working directly with data related to spatial position at differing scales - the local, the national, and the global. Students will combine this freely available spatial data with advanced software tools in order to visualize a persuasive story about a current, topical issue. The existing archetypes of spatial information in visual form - floorplans, maps, and globes — will be used as the basis for compelling communications that reveal otherwise unseen trends and new patterns in human behavior, attributes, and development.

Check out our class Pinterest Board for data visualization examples and references.

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