So you want to take a course in Information Visualization?
May 5, 2021

More and more courses are online and open due to the pandemic. It is really interesting to see how different vis researchers put their thoughts into their courses with those curated syllabus. And for me personally, the most inspiring part is to see how they frame the discipline visions, review those sub-topics, and introduce the frontiers. Most courses come along with practical (and fun) coding tutorial that can quickly guide a novice.

Below is an (exhausted) unfinished list of courses in Information Visualization I found on the Internet.


While some courses are once or twice in a year, there are some irregular courses offered by visualization researchers.



A comprehensive survey “A Survey of Information Visualization Books” can be found here, which gives a good summary of current visualization books. However, I observe that most visualization courses use the following books as the textbook.

  • Visualization Analysis and Design by Tamara Munzner
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte