Subject to change

Week 1

Introduction

Tuesday

What is visualization? Why is it important? Who are we? Course overview.

Recommended reading

Perception, Cognition, Color

Thursday

Mandatory reading

  • VAD, Chapters 10.2-10.3, Color Theory and Colormaps

Recommended reading

Week 2

Version Control; HTML and SVG.

Tuesday

Introduction to git. HTML, CSS and the DOM. Selectors, etc.

Data Abstraction, Data Types.

Thursday

Mandatory reading

  • VAD, Chapter 2, Data Abstraction

Recommended reading

Week 3

JavaScript Basics

Tuesday

An Introduction to JavaScript and D3.

Mandatory reading

  • D3 Book, Chapter 3, go over JavaScript parts.

Recommended reading

The Visualization Alphabet: Marks and Channels.

Thursday

Mandatory reading

Recommended reading

Week 4

DOM Manipulation, D3

Tuesday

Manipulating the DOM with the standard API, D3 Selections, Data Binding, Scales, Axes

Mandatory reading

  • D3 book, Chapters 4, 5 and 6

Recommended reading

Design Guidelines

Thursday

Mandatory reading

Recommended reading

Week 5

D3 Maps

Tuesday

GeoJSON, TopoJSON, Choropleth Maps, Proportional Symbol Maps, Google Maps

Mandatory reading

  • D3 book, Chapters 11 and 12

Recommended reading

Interaction

Thursday

Mandatory reading

Week 6

D3 Layouts

Tuesday

Pie charts, tree maps, node-link diagrams, matrices, etc.

Mandatory reading

  • D3 book, Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10

Recommended reading

Views; Focus and Context

Thursday

Mandatory reading

  • VDA Chapter 12, Facet into Multiple Views
  • VDA Chapter 14, Embed: Focus + Context

Week 7

Advanced JS and D3

Tuesday

JS in depth: promises and writing async code. Spread operator.
D3 in depth: brushes, how to structure multiple view visualizations.

Week 8

Exam: Fundamentals. Thursday

Week 9

Week 10

Virtual VIS Conference, hosted by Utah Team. Register and attend at least two sessions!

Week 11

Project Peer Feedback in Groups

Tuesday

Visualizing Networks and Trees

Mandatory reading

  • VDA Chapter 9, Arrange Networks and Trees

Recommended reading

  • S. Kieffer, T. Dwyer, K. Marriott, and M. Wybrow, “HOLA: Human-like Orthogonal Network Layout,” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 349–358, Jan. 2016.

Week 12

Project Feedback with Instructors

You will schedule a 20-minute time-slot with one of the instructors to receive feedback on your project.

Tasks Analysis, Designing and Evaluating Visualizations

Tuesday

Mandatory reading

  • A nested model for visualization design and validation. Tamara Munzner. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 15(6), 2009.
  • VAD, Chapter 4, Analysis: Four Levels for Validation
  • S. Carpendale, “Evaluating Information Visualizations,” in Information Visualization: Human-Centered Issues and Perspectives, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2008, pp. 19–45.

Recommended reading

Week 13

Thursday: Thanksgiving Break

Week 14

Filtering & Aggregation

Mandatory reading

  • VDA Ch. 13 Reduce Items and Attributes

Week 15

Best Project Presentations, Wrap-Up

Tuesday

Exam 2. Thursday