CSE442 Data Visualization (Fall 2018)

Final Project

The final project will provide hands-on experience designing, implementing, and deploying interactive visualizations. Your project should address a concrete visualization challenge and should propose a novel, creative solution. The final deliverable will take the form of a visual analysis tool or an explanatory narrative, deployed as an interactive web page. Project teams should consist of 3-5 people.

In addition, you will be responsible for participating in a design review and presenting your final results. At the end of the quarter we will have a public showcase for you to share your work with both your colleagues and invited guests.

Prior to starting your project, it is helpful to gain a sense of what goes into formulating a successful visualization project and to beware of common pitfalls. We encourage you to read A Nested Model for Visualization Design and Validation by Tamara Munzner. This paper is required reading later in the course, so you might as well get a head start!

Project Milestones

The final project consists of the following milestones:

  • Proposal (Fri 11/09, 11:59pm). Propose your chosen topic, dataset(s), and team members. Complete the registration form (one per team). We will create a new set of GitHub repos for each project.
  • Initial Prototype (Tue 11/27, 11:59pm). Develop an initial prototype of your project and, similar to A3, publish it using GitHub pages. This prototype will be used by the course staff to provide feedback on your designs. It is fine if your project is not yet in a "complete" state; however, by this point you should have the structure of your project laid out, working (if rough) prototypes of your main visualizations and interactions, and at least basic descriptive text. Each team should submit the URL for their project on Canvas.
  • Design Feedback Sessions (Wed 11/28 or Fri 11/30). In lieu of lecture, we will have design feedback sessions, in which each project team will have an assigned time slot with the course staff. We will post the time assignments for each team on Canvas. All teams are strongly encouraged to publish their most recent design iteration on GitHub pages prior to their feedback session.
  • Deliverables (Thu 12/6, 11:59pm). Informed by the course staff feedback, publish your final project web page. You must also produce a demo video (not to exceed 2 minutes in length) that introduces and explains your project. Your video can take the form of a narrated demo of your project, and may include additional content as you see fit. More information about preparing the final deliverables is available here.
  • Showcase (Fri 12/7, in class). We will present your demo video to the rest of the class and the course staff.

The project prototype and final deliverable will be submitted and deployed on the CSE 442 GitHub organization. You will be assigned repositories after submitting your proposal. Your video should be posted to Vimeo, and a URL to your video must be submitted via Canvas.