Social Visualization

A graphic with four horizontal bands.

Seascape and volcano, an image from the final project of Francis Lam. (Image courtesy of Francis Lam.)


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Fall 2004



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Millions of people are on-line today and the number is rapidly growing - yet this virtual crowd is often invisible. In this course we will examine ways of visualizing people, their activities and their interactions. Students will study the cognitive and cultural basis for social visualization through readings drawn from sociology, psychology and interface design and they will explore new ways of depicting virtual crowds and mapping electronic spaces through a series of design exercises.

Judith Donath. MAS.965 Social Visualization, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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