Here are the instructions for the common design problem for BFA Design applicants for Spring 2010. Good luck!
“The great fun of information visualization is that it gives you answers to questions you didn’t know you had.”
The common design problem for Spring 2010 is again an infographic problem; the theme this semester is Visualizing Information Relationships.
A relationship is a state of connectedness; the condition of being related; kinship; an entanglement; a shared context. Your task is to create a graphic representation of an information relationship that is both visually appealing and also reveals more information than would be apparent if the information were presented in some other way.
Here are some links for inspiration:
Many of these links point to sophisticated data-mining processes; feel free to tackle a heavy database-driven project if the idea appeals to you, but don’t be dismayed if that is either not of interest to you or beyond your current abilities: some of the most effective examples clearly present a single idea, such as Josh On’s Inequality. http://processing.org/exhibition/works/inequality/index_link.html
Your results may be a single image, an animation, or an interactive graphic.
1) Find a chunk (or two) of data (preferably that you care about)
2) Find interesting relationships among the points of information in your data set -or- to some other data set
3) Imagine a way to make that relationship visual
4) Refine the visual elements to make the relationship you are presenting even clearer
5) Consider all the elements and principles of design to further enhance the effectiveness of your piece
6) Repeat 2-5 as needed