Envisioning Information (VA 439)

2022 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vis. Arts&Vis.l Comm Des.(VA)
Gözde Oral gozdeoral@sabanciuniv.edu,
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This introductory course aims to help students grasp the unique place of information visualization within the wider spectrum of Visual Communication Design. The course covers some of the basics of data visualization and investigates creative ways of shaping information through the use of design principles. The students work on projects that involve data collection, use of charts and timelines, infographics and wayfinding systems. Topic related examples, research, readings and viewings are also incorporated into the class material.


  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to: 1· understand and interpret the nature of information: numerical, spatial, categorical, et. al 2· use the principles of information design, such as, using printed ink for showing data, layering and separation of complex mechanism, simplifying complex procedures by breaking them down to sequences; conveying correlations, and ordering hierarchies. 3· create unique graphic solutions to problems, such as, explaining historical events, scientific processes and natural phenomena; macro economic variables; giving public information in an interactive setting 4· use conventional tools of information design such as instructional drawings, charts and graphs, maps, wayfinding signs, catalogues and directories, and user interfaces and websites


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others.

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice.

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself.

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means.

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences.

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society.

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information.

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation.

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms.

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes.

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art.

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context.

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries.

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts.