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Diagram Development

Diagram Development

Explores the language of diagrams and similar techniques for increasing communication effectiveness.

Objective & Outcomes

Designers are often challenged with developing and synthesizing complex ideas, whether they are research outputs, design concepts, or system plans. At the same time, the proliferation of easy-to-use graphic and visualization tools facilitates the creation of visual representations that often emphasize aesthetics over communication. Fundamentally, diagrams’ strength lies in their ability to present information at various levels of abstraction, clearly show the inherent structure of information, and summarize what could be lengthy and cumbersome explanations if represented in other forms. This course explores the fundamental attributes of diagrams as a language and how to effectively use this language to understand and communicate.

Upon completing this course, students can apply critical cognitive skills to identify the inherent relational structures of a given content. Students will also be able to create visual representations that reflect that content structure.

Typical Schedule

  • Session 1: Introduction & Principles
  • Session 2: Sequence Diagrams
  • Session 3: Process Diagrams
  • Session 4: Location & Grouping Diagrams
  • Session 5: Connection Diagrams
  • Session 6: Hierarchy Diagrams
  • Session 7: Visual Models in Design Analysis