Social  Visualization:  people, data, and stories
Course Syllabus

Note:  This syllabus is subject to change during the course.  Please refer to the syllabus prior to each assignment. Assignents are due at 10am on the day they are listed in the syllabus.  Late assignments are not accepted.
         



Week 1
T
Janurary 15
Introduction
Lecture Slides




R
January 17
Background
Lecture Slides
Look at:
informationisbeautiful.net/
www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail
eagereyes.org
visualcomplexity.com
perceptualedge.com
visualizingdata.com
the pudding
visualizing.org
flowingdata.com
r/dataisbeautiful and the variation r/dataisugly
storytelling with data
thefunctionalart.com
driven-by-data.net
moderndata
tableau blog
We Feel Fine at http://www.wefeelfine.org/
NYT 2017: The Year in Visual Stories and Graphics
NYT 2018: The Year in Visual Stories and Graphics


Reading:
D3: Data-Driven Documents by Bostock, Ogievetsky, and Heer

Optional:
http://eyeofestival.com (a festival)
https://infovis.org (information visualization resources)

Week 2
T January 22
Social Spaces
Why Interaction Matters
William Whyte
Readings:

A Tour Through the Visualization Zoo by Heer, Bostock, and Ogievetsky
The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations by Shneiderman
Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data by Segel and Heer

Optional Readings:
Visualization Rhetoric: Framing Effects in Narrative Visualization by Hullman and Diakopoulos
Authoring Narrative Visualizations with Ellipsis by Satyanarayan and Heer




R Janurary 24
Email
Relationships & Identity
&
Data Scrubbing/Wrangling

Lecture Slides


Readings:

Visualizing Email Content:  Portraying Relationships from Conversational Histories by Viégas, Golder, and Donath
MUSE: Reviving Memories Using Email Archives by Hangal, Lam, and Heer

Social translucence: an approach to designing systems that support social processes by Erickson and Kellogg

Week 3
T January 29
Perception,  Navigation, Filters, Interaction

Lecture Slides


Readings:

A review of overview+detail, zooming, and focus+context interfaces by Cockburn, Karlson, and Bederson


Optional Reading:
Choosing Colors for Data Visualization by Stone
Visual information seeking: tight coupling of dynamic query filters with starfield displays by Ahlberg and Shneiderman

Submit:
Data collecting/cleaning/sorting assignment


R January 31
The Commons
Question/Answer Forums
News Forums
SNSs

Lecture Slides




Readings:

Studying Cooperation and Conflict between Authors with history flow Visualizations by Viégas, Wattenberg, and Dave
Selecting an effective niche: an ecological view of the success of online communities by Zhu, Chen, Matthews, Pal, Badenes, and Kraut
CommentSpace: Structured Support for Collaborative Visual Analysis by Willett, Heer, Hellerstein, and Agrawala

Students taking the course for 4 units should additionally read and critique:
CrowdScape: interactively visualizing user behavior and output by Rzeszotarski and Kittur


Week 4
T February 5
Social Networks)

Lecture Slides




Readings:

Visualizing Social Networks by Freeman

The Strength of Weak Ties by Granovetter

Students taking the course for 4 units should additionally read and critique:
Growing closer on Facebook: Changes in tie strength through site use by Burke and Kraut

Submit:
The email point-line visualization


R February 7
Small Groups

Lecture Slides

Readings:

Visualizing Real-Time Language-Based Feedback on Teamwork Behavior in Computer-Mediated Groups by Leshed et al

Talkabout: Making Distance Matter with Small Groups in Massive Classes by Kulkarni, Cambre, Kotturi, Bernstein, and Klemmer

Students taking the course for 4 units should additionally read and critique:
Making the Connection: Social Bonding in Courtship Situations by McFarland, Jurafsky, and Rawlings

Week 5
T February 12
Communication/Collective Design Presentations
Submit slides describing a visualization of dyadic, collective or group communication.  Be prepared to present a 5 minute talk in class.


R February 14
ML and Visualizations
Sampling




NLP, Sentiment Analysis, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition

Readings:
Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis by Pang & Lee (read, but no critique required)

ML assignment (we will be presenting and beginning this in class--to be submitted on compass by Monday).


Week 6
T February 19
Metaphor
Abstraction
Storytelling

Lecture Slides
Readings:

Beyond being there by Hollan and Stornetta
AROMA: abstract representation of presence supporting mutual awareness by Pedersen and Sokoler
Metaphors We Live By by Lakoff and Johnson

Students taking the course for 4 units should additionally read and critique:
Storytelling:  The Next Step for Visualization by Kosara and Mackinlay



R February 21
Dyadic/Collective Implementation Presentations

Prepare a working implementation of your dyadic or collective discourse. Be prepared to present a 5 minute demo in class.

Week 7
T February 26
Visualizing Time, Place, and Space

Lecture Slides


Readings:

Edit wear and read wear by Hill, Hollan, Wroblewski, and McCandless
The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch  (Chapters 1 & 2)

What Time is This Place?  by Kevin Lynch



R February 28
Typography

Lecture Slides

Readings:
The Kinetic Typography Engine: An Extensible System for Animating Expressive Text by Lee, Forlizzi, and Hudson
http://www.creativebloq.com/typography/examples-kinetic-typography-11121304

Watch:
Amanda Cox Video, Change by Design


Week 8
T March 5
Space Design Presentations

Submit a web page or slides describing a "social" algorithmic map.  Be prepared to present a 5 minute talk in class.


R March 7
Identity
Portraiture

Lecture Slides

Readings/Viewings:
http://www.azinman.com/personas
The History of Portraiture, Art Blog by Paul Heaston
The Quantified Self by Gary Wolf
What I Learned by Building by Dawn Nafus

Week 9
T March 12
Portrait Design Presentations
Submit a web page or slides describing a "portrait".  Be prepared to present a 5 minute talk in class.



R March 14
Audio and Video

Lecture Slides
Readings:
In Situ Speech Visaualization in Real-Time Interactive Installation and Performance by Levin and Lieberman
Social Mirrors as Social Signals: Transforming Audio into Graphics by Karahalios and Bergstrom



Week 10
T March 19
Spring Break



R March 21
Spring Break


Week 11
T March 26
Map or Portrait Implementation Presentations
Prepare a working implementation of your map or portrait. Be prepared to present a 5 minute demo in class.



R March 28
Audio-Video Designs

Submit a web page describing an audio-video visualization.  Be prepared to present a 5 minute demo in class.


Week 12
T April 2
Data models
Commercial systems
Graphical toolkits

Correlation
Readings:
Polaris: A System for Query, Analysis and Visualization of Multi-dimensional Relational Databases by Stolte and Hanrahan

https://www.google.com/trends/correlate
Blog post: Chocolate consumption, Nobel laureates, and crappy statistics
Read cite: http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations
Cell phone comic:  http://xkcd.com/925/




R April 4
Ethics and Privacy


Readings:
Facebook fiasco: was Cornell's study of ‘emotional contagion’ an ethics breach? by Chambers
Annoying Internet Users in the Name of Science by Bruckman
The Destructive Silence of Social Computing Researchers by Bernstein



Week 13
T April 9
Audio-Video Presentations

Present Audio - Video visualizations in class.
By now, you should have discussed serveral Final Project Ideas with the Instructor and TAs


R
April 11
Refine Final Project Ideas Submit a Design presentation for your Final Project


Week 14
T April 16
Social Signaling Theory
Readings:

Signals in Social Supernets by Donath



R
April 18
Evaluating Visualizations Crowdsourcing Graphical Perception: Using Mechanical Turk to Assess Visualization Design by Heer and Bostock

Students taking the course for 4 units should additionally read and critique:
What Makes a Visualization Memorable? by Borkin, Vo, Bylinskii, Isola, Sunkavalli, Oliva, and Pfister

Please email the TAs your groupings for the final projects.


Week 15
T April 23
Visualizing Bias and Uncertainty



R
April 25
In Class Studio

Week 16
T April 30
Final Project Presentations

Projects will be presented in the first floor of the Siebel Center