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

13.04.23– (Preparation time)
20.04.23– (Preparation time)
27.04.23– (Preparation time)
04.05.23– (Preparation time)
11.05.23Topic 1: Freytag‘s Pyramid

Topic 12: Applications: Astronomy
Topic 5

Topic 10
18.05.23Ascension of Christ
25.05.23Topic 2: Authoring Data-Driven Videos

Topic 11: Applications: Climate Change
Topic 1

Topic 12
01.06.23Topic 3: Grouping, Framing and Narrative Structures

Topic 4: Data Comics
Topic 2

Topic 11
08.06.23Topic 6: Grouping, Framing, and Narrative Structures

Topic 7: Narrative Visualization from Tabular Data
Topic 3

Topic 4
15.06.23– No Seminar (We are at a conference)
22.06.23Topic 9: Applications: Interactive GeoViewsTopic 7
29.06.23Topic 5: Narrative Visualization of Temporal Data (Team Presentation)Topic 6
06.07.23Topic 10: Applications: Stock visualizationsTopic 9
13.07.23Hot Topics in Narrative Visualization (Talk by Prof. Preim)


Narrative Visualization Topic Presentation


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