Interactive Data Visualization

January 27, 2015

LIGO-inspector. JPL Caltech project

Data Visualization provides the interactive and dynamic display of complex information. With proper execution, it positively impacts people in everyday life. It does this because it gives us insight into the invisible, and unravels complicated concepts into tangible truths. As interaction designers, it is a duty to make the truth evident and meaningful to the user. A studio class focused on storytelling, advocacy, scientific and social inquiry as well as data sourcing and toolsets is taught  by Sarah Churng and Santiago Lombeyda. Sarah is a graduate of U Washington and has applied interaction design at JPL and Space X, whilst Santiago is a scientist in the Center for Advanced Computing at Caltech and a lecturer in the Comp Sci department.
This studio is part of Art Center’s Interaction Design’s partnership with  NASA JPL and Caltech which began in 2013 with  From Data to Discovery, a one-day symposium on the emerging science of big data visualization that attracted leaders of the field from across the nation. Speakers included Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, co-leaders of Google’s “Big Picture” visualization research group in Cambridge, Mass., Jer Thorp, an artist and cofounder of the New York-based multidisciplinary research group The Office for Creative Research, and Golan Levin, an artist and director of The Frank Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.
Art Center students have the opportunity to intern through the program at NASA JPL/Caltech – work from the internship program can be viewed at