Tutorials and readings are subject to change. Please always check the schedule.

2017 Fall Design Knowledge and Skills

Instructor: Hwajung Hong
Email: hwajung at unist
Office: EB2 901-7
Office Hours: Before and after class, or email for an appointment.
Location: 112, i101
Time: Tuesday & Thursday 17:30 – 18:45pm
Schedule: Class schedule
TA: Wonyoung Park & Hayoung Lee
Email: pwy2087 at gmail.com & yeong at unist.ac.kr
Office Hours: WY: Wed 3-5pm at EB2 907, HY: Mon 1-3pm at EB2 904


This course introduces basic concepts, methods and procedures of information design with focus on the visual representation of data. Students will be introduced to the bright world of information visualization where the intersection of text and image, perception and cognition, beauty and function, logic and emotion enables us to create splendid visions, to reveal what hides behind the data and to address effective messages. In this class, students will explore conceptual and visual solutions, and on the creative process of organizing, visualizing and communicating information.

Learning Objectives

The main objective of this course is to transform raw data into meaningful information through a combination of statistics, technology, research, and design. In this class you will learn how to design successful charts, diagrams, and maps, how to arrange them to compose cohesive storytelling pieces, and how to choose the most appropriate tools in order to present those stories. We will also learn how the principles of graphic design and of interface and interaction design apply to the visualization of information. The course will have a theoretical component, as we will cover the main rules of the discipline, and also a practical one: to design basic infographics and (big) data visualizations.

At the completion of this course, you will learn:


You will perform exercises and activities to practice what you learn, attend to lectures to gain new information/perspectives, engage in projects to learn through making, conduct readings to balance theory and practice, participate in critiques to verbalize your views and consider alternate perspectives, join in discussions to develop shared understanding, give presentations to communicate your thinking, complete tutorials and learn software (Adobe Creative Suite).

Ultimately, you will create:

2016 Design Knowledge and Skills Project Gallery


Late Policy

Assignments are due at the start of class on the day they are due. Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of one grade step per day. Assignments more than two days late will not be accepted. Presentations may not be late. Reading assignments may not be late either; they serve to energize class discussion. Note that a computer's failure is not an excuse (it represents poor planning on your part).


Online Tutorials

UNIST language education center

UNIST language education center is located in BAB, Room 301. It is an excellent resource for any student who wants help with a communication-related project in english. You can visit the center for language support at any stage of the process for any project, in any disciplines. The knowledgeable and friendly tutors are available to help you develop, revise, and proofread your projects. For information on making an appointment please visit their website.

Honor Code

This class abides by the UNIST Honor Code. All assigned work is expected to be individual, except as an approved part of group projects. You are encouraged to discuss the assignments with your classmates; however, what you hand in should be your own work.