Here’s your roadmap for the mini-mester!

Every class session has four important sections. You should read about the details for each using the main menu at the top of this webpage.

  • Content (): This page contains the readings, slides, and recorded lectures for the topic. Read and watch these first each day.
  • Lesson (): This page contains an interactive lesson that teaches you the principles and code you need to know. Go through these after doing the content.
  • Example (): This page contains fully annotated R code that you can use as a reference for creating your own visualizations. This is only a reference page—you don’t have to necessarily do anything here. Each section also contains videos of me live coding the examples so you can see what it looks like to work with R in real time. This page will be very helpful as you work on your assignments.
  • Assignment (): This page contains the instructions for either the session exercise (1–3 brief tasks), or for the two mini projects and final project. Assignments are due by 11:59 PM on the day they’re listed.

tl;dr: You should follow this general process each day:

  • Do everything on the content () page
  • Work through the lesson () page
  • Complete the assignment () while referencing the example ()

Foundations Content Lesson Example Assignment
May 11 Truth, beauty, and data + R and tidyverse
May 12 Graphic design
May 13 Mapping data to graphics
Core types of graphics Content Lesson Example Assignment
May 14 Amounts and proportions
May 15 Themes
May 18 Uncertainty
May 19 Relationships
May 20 Comparisons
May 21 Annotations
May 22 Mini project 1 due
Special applications Content Lesson Example Assignment
May 22 Interactivity
May 26 Time
May 27 Space
May 28 Text
May 29 Enhancing graphics
May 29 Mini project 2 due
Conclusions Content Lesson Example Assignment
June 1 Truth, beauty, and data revisited
June 5 Final project due