Narrative Visualization

Drawn by Laura Garrison

This seminar teaches how visualizations of various types of data can be designed such that they are appropriate for non-experts, e.g., for broad audiences. It is inspired by recent developments in data journalism where online media are employed to create an interactive experience. The core idea is to employ principles from storytelling and narration to the explanation of data. The seminar topics, cover narrative genres, such as animation, slide sets, and data comics, and narrative structures derived from storytelling, such as the Martini Glass structure and Freytag’s pyramid. The topics also cover a wide range of applications, including molecular visualization, visualization of astronomy data, and visualizations related to business and finance data. Accordingly, different visualization techniques are provided, e.g., timeline-based visualization, various diagram types, but also multi-scale 3D visualizations.

Overview of Narrative Visualization
Concepts and Tools for Story Generation
Applications in climate research, molecular research, and astronomy
Applications in business and finance

Lecture in Visualization 

Organizational Information

Attendance times: 2 SWS, weekly seminar, independent work: preparation of the talk, preparation of the seminar work
Date: Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00
1. Lecture: 13.04.2023
Examination: student talk
ECTS-Credits: 3
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Topics and Dates

08.04.24– (Preparation time)
15.04.24– (Preparation time)
22.04.24– (Preparation time)
29.04.24FreytagspyramideTorsten Lucke
06.05.24Data ComicsAlexander Lehrmann, Minh Hoang Tan
13.05.24Tools for Creating Narrative VisualizationRobert Dunst, Marvin Kohpeiss
20.05.24(no seminar)
27.05.24(no seminar)
03.06.24Grouping, Framing, and Narrative StructuresAkhil Saini, Md Zahangir Hossain
10.06.24Applications: GeoView
Annotation in Narrative Visualization
Andre Linke
Felix Schwarz, Cyrus Mathew
17.06.24Narrative Visualization from Tabular Data
Authoring Data-Driven Videos
Paul Kilbertus, Martin Weiss
Krish Philip Vaz, Enqi Zhang
24.06.24Narrative Visualization of Temporal DataRaven Cichon, Sam
01.07.24Applications : Climate ChangeKrutika Mahulikar
08.07.24Application: Stock MarketMuhammad Othman Ghani, Isha Suryavanshi


Narrative Visualization Topic Presentation


Selected publications primarily from the following venues IEEE TVCG, ACM SIGCHI and CGF.