From Maps to Meaning

Winter 2016
Studio 1
ME 215
3 Units
Credit / No Credit
Launched 2014

One of the oldest visual tools created by humans to make sense of the complexities of our world, maps are unique in their ability to synthesize data, convey meaning through spatial logic, and deliver information at high resolution. They are also incredible tools for communication, data sorting and insight finding.

This is an intensive, hands-on course that uses mapping techniques to navigate the intersection of data and design. Students will tackle three main projects and several shorter assignments over 10 weeks. Perfect attendance and completion of projects is absolutely mandatory. You will:

-collect, sort and organize quantitative and qualitative data
-create maps to synthesize complex information
-use mapping as a tool to work on design problems
-explore biases in map-making
-create design interventions based on data and maps

While no specific prior experience is necessary, this class is for you if you are comfortable with the ambiguity of learning new skills on and off the computer, if you geek out about design and data, and if you are not intimidated by the idea of creating analog and digital maps.

Accepting 20 Students. Open to Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows, post-docs. Apply here by December 14th, 11:59pm.

Teaching Team
Carissa Carter, Director of Teaching Experiments,
Tran Ha, Media Experiments Project Lead,