Information Graphics
2009-2010 - IMT1051 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The course will give the students knowledge of the history of information graphics, characteristics of information graphics in a cognitive perspective, as well as the potential of information graphics as an alternative to text-based or image-based modes of graphic representation. The course will also give the students knowledge of a wide range of genres of information graphics and their advantages and limitations as well as potential for demagogic misuse.


- Tabular and schematic representation of quantitative information
- History of information graphics
- Diagrams and graphs (bar, line, area, pie, Isotype, scatter, histogram, etc)
- Flowcharts
- Navigational diagrams
- How to lie with statistics
- Cartography, topographical maps, thematic maps, geographical information systems
- Schematic illustrations
- Tables
- Developing user friendly forms

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

Writing of essay(s) and/or practical visualisation project(s). Formative-iterative assessment.

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Summative assessment of essay(s) and/or practical project(s) (with a final grade) after the end of the semester.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

Bigwood, Sally og Melissa Spore (2003). Presenting numbers, tables and charts . Oxford: Oxford University Press

Informasjonsgrafikk (2009). Artikkelsamling

Nygaard, Tor (2007). Skjemavett på Internett . Oslo: Kommuneforlaget

Tufte, Edward R. ([1983] 2001). The visual display of quantitative information . Second ed. Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press

Additional literature