Diagram Development

This course explores the language of diagrams and similar techniques for increasing communication effectiveness.

Designers are often challenged with the development and synthesis of 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, to show clearly the inherent structure of information, and to summarize what could be lengthy and cumbersome explanations if represented in other forms. This course looks to explore these fundamentals of diagrams as a language and how to effectively use this language to understand and communicate.

Learning Objectives
The goals of this class is to teach the basics of diagram development, including but not limited to:

  • Basic principles of good diagramming
  • The various types of information that is well supported by diagrams
  • Proficiency in using diagrams as a language including syntax and semantics
  • The use of interaction and motion to convey meaning


Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:

  • Apply critical cognitive skills to identify inherent relational structures of a given content
  • Acquire the capability to create visual representations that reflect that content structure
  • Develop a critical eye to discern and evaluate diagrams they see in everyday life
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
Designing Futures Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Open Innovation Organizational Models for Innovation Social and Economic Context of Design New Venture Design Innovation Methods Planning Implementation Business Models and Value Webs Business Frameworks and Strategy Design Planning Workshop Introduction to Portfolio Planning
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems and Systems Theory in Design Networked Objects Networked Cities Human System Integration Systems Modeling and Prototyping Platform-based Design Strategy Systems Approach to Design Information Structuring and Management Structured Planning Workshop Service Systems Workshop
User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution