In these cross-disciplinary studios we explore the different materials, advanced topics, and domains that Interaction Design might involve. To the different disciplines we bring a method of application and the material of time design and the memory and interactivity of technology. Courses in this studio can be fulfilled by a variety of options including cross-listed courses with other departments, Engage studios, or an emerging topic defined by a faculty member, sponsored studio or other elective submitted by the student and approved by the program chair.
Data is increasing everyday at staggering rates due to our interconnected and technology mediated lives. It has become a new material. Designers play an important role as interpreters, uncovering patterns and systems to create meaning. This course explores the fundamentals of data visualization as a method for decoding complex data and using it to drive new experiences in mission critical contexts. Students will be introduced to interactive visualization techniques and frameworks as well as software tools (e.g., Excel, Processing, D3.js). These tools will facilitate the creation of new visual, form based and spatial interfaces focused on storytelling, goal tracking and decision making.