Drawing Data

Using an array of site-specific, creative research methods, students will explore their local environments (inside and out) searching for data and the patterns, stories, and observations that follow. They will catalog and document their findings in evolving multimedia archives, iterating on various modes of collection and communication. Some topics covered include: Personal and Local Data, Documentary & Observational Drawing, Sound & Sensory Visualization, Data Collection, Data Narratives, and Archival Research and Design. Written responses and in-class discussion of data-driven readings, films, and work by artists and designers, will provide context to these techniques.

Students will practice and investigate these approaches through the production of small creative projects. In-class exercises and demonstrations will introduce various analog and digital tools used in design, media production, and data visualization. The course will culminate in the production of a larger creative data visualization project. This larger project will be built on the foundation of one or more of the smaller projects, developed and iterated upon throughout the semester. Together, the class will exhibit their projects, collectively illuminating a set of uniquely local stories and patterns.


Application required. The application process for fall-term Freshman Seminars opens Wednesday, July 7 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) and closes on Monday, July 19 at 12:00 noon (EDT). Apply for a Freshman Seminar




Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM


Tim Szetela