Media Design Seminar

It is said that “data is the oil of the 21st century.” AI, IoT, 5G, and the synthesis of big data is producing a vast amount of wealth. Some, like the champions of ‘society 5.0’, believe that these technologies are the key to solving an array of social problems. On the other hand, as society continues to adopt technologies like machine learning which allow for more precise estimation, it has become necessary to spend time and effort on techniques like data visualization in order for humans to understand the situation represented by this data.

Against this backdrop, this class will offer a critical glimpse of an information society by closely analyzing design techniques developed alongside changes in media technology. We will develop and speculate about new creative methods to redefine ‘visualization’, transforming the relationships, phenomena, and events that inhabit the information produced daily by individuals and society.


Segawa Akira , Yamabe Masaki

Course Format


Course Plan/Overview

・Sessions 1, 2, and 3
Lecture: “What is Information Visualization?” a history of information visualization

・Sessions 4, 5, 6, and 7:
Lecture: “A Society of Data and Visualization” the problem of a data-driven society
Practice through Processing: 2D visualization, 3D visualization

・Sessions 8, 9, 10, and 11:
Assignment Description: Designing visualization to feel
Plan and Presentation (topic and method)

・Sessions 12, 13, 14, and 15: Exhibition, discussion, and reports
Production (midway and progress)
Presentations and Discussion

Textbooks /
Reference Materials

None in particular. Will be distributed if necessary.

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