Using interactive software and sample data sets we will explore issues relating to colour, layout, symbolization and animation in turn.
We will do this by introducing some key concepts and then asking you develop your own visualization designs of some sample datasets.
You will then informally evaluate your visualization designs, use them to find patterns in the data and identify research questions that they might address.
Interactively exploring the design space by varying a range of visual parameters will draw your attention to the impact of design decisions on the information visualization process and develop your knowledge of design considerations and good practice for effective information visualization design.
You will need to bring a notebook computer with adequate battery life to participate in the sessions.
It should be capable of running Java applications and have Internet access and a Web browser as we will be downloading the following applications and data.
Be sure to bring a pen or pencil ... youll need to jot down notes on the handouts.