2013-present. A 5-week course I teach to graduate students in the Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development at Pratt Institute. The course introduces students to methods and principles of visual representation and reasoning and coaches them through thinking strategically and comprehensively about how information could and should be communicated in the context of presenting information to the public as well as to other decision-makers.
The course focuses on:
1) developing critical capacities in order to evaluate and discuss the effectiveness and suitability of different approaches to representing information;
2) using information graphics to synthesize various sources of information and to formulate argumentative narratives about the built environment; and
3) initiating in a design process that employs some advanced methods and tools for making graphics, while integrating common software tools.
I have taught the course ten times since 2013. Each semester, I review the students' course evaluations and speak with the graduate assistant to assess what lessons, approaches and assignments worked, what didn't, and what might simply be changed up to improve students' experience of the course and the degree to which they derive value from it.