Graphic design

Content for Monday, August 28, 2023–Friday, September 1, 2023


Possible questions to reflect on

This is not a required list!

Remember, you don’t need to answer all of these—or even any of them! These are just here to help guide your thinking. Write about whatever you want.

  • Why does graphic design matter when conveying truth?
  • What makes something well designed (vs. poorly designed)?


The slides for this week’s lesson are available online as an HTML file. Use the buttons below to open the slides either as an interactive website or as a static PDF (for printing or storing for later). You can also click in the slides below and navigate through them with your left and right arrow keys.

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Fun fact: If you type ? (or shift + /) while going through the slides, you can see a list of special slide-specific commands.


Videos for each section of the lecture are available at this YouTube playlist.

You can also watch the playlist (and skip around to different sections) here:


Cairo, Alberto. 2016. The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication. Berkeley, California: New Riders.
Reynolds, Garr. 2008. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery. 1st ed. Berkeley, California: New Riders.
Wilke, Claus E. 2018. Fundamentals of Data Visualization. Sebastopol, California: O’Reilly Media.
Williams, Robin. 2008. The Non-Designer’s Design & Type Books: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Deluxe Edition. Berkeley, California: Peachpit Press.