Course description

Learning Outcomes

The students become familiar with the genres of information design and their uses and will be able to produce visualizations and infographics following best design practices. The students learn to process data given to them and how to find best design solutions based on how human perception and cognition work. 


We look at mechanisms relevant to presenting abstract phenomena and statistical data, as well as visual communication of other kinds of information. We learn about the properties of human perception and design solutions that facilitate effective communication of knowledge. We look at established genres of information design, such as maps, statistical graphics, diagrams and scientific illustrations, network diagrams, and wayfinding systems. A variety of course assignments are given, in order for the students to learn how to apply the theoretical principles discussed to a range of practical design cases.

Assessment Methods and Criteria

Lectures, discussion, assignment-oriented tutored studio work, critiques. Tutoring and feedback are given both personally and at a group level. Successful completion of the course will require that each student be in attendance for 80% of the course. Students will be required to give course feedback in order to successfully complete this course.

Study Material

Required: none

• Cairo, Alberto 2012. The functional art. An introduction to information graphics and visualization. New Riders.
• Koponen, Juuso; Hildén, Jonatan & Vapaasalo, Tapio 2016. Tieto näkyväksi. Informaatiomuotoilun perusteet. Aalto Art Books.
• Tufte, Edward R. 1983/2002. The visual display of quantitative information. Second edition. Graphic Press.

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