This Fall 2011 RISD studio course focused on the creation of screen-based, visual representations from complex data sets via computer programs written by the course participants. The aim of the studio was to facilitate new, interactive experiences of multi-dimensional information – that may have come from sensors in the field or lab, databases, dynamic Internet streams, and other sources. Multimodal approaches to representation were explored whereby vision, hearing, and touch may be simultaneously engaged. Participants worked with EPSCoR scientific collaborators to address the core design problem of improving data visualization.
What innovative approaches can give scientists a new view on their research that is both useful and compelling? Can these new views also communicate across fields of study? How can these visualizations aid in making comparisons and showing causality? The course required students to develop computer programs and electronic prototypes as systems for generating evolutionary graphics (visualizations relying upon dynamically adjusted or streaming data). Instruction was offered in the programming environments Max/MSP/Jitter, Processing, and Arduino alongside lessons on computer graphics, physical computing, and digital signal processing. Readings in the areas of cartography, statistical graphics, and data visualization supported a survey of contemporary and historical practice.
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