Graphical Communication Projects

In each case the preferred form for projects is a web presentation with alternative graphical forms. For students who cannot design and create web pages, another electronic presentation is sufficient. In every case the graphics should be illustrated and there should be commentary on the motivation for preferring one graphical form as opposed to another. Although the web form is preferred, we express the suggested length in more customary form, i.e., what would amount to about three typewritten pages, about 1,000 words.

Electromagnetic Spectra

Description Examine graphical presentation of the spectrum and how different parts are applied differently in radio, telephony, microwave communication, etc. See Die Zeit Nr.37, 7 Sept. 2000, pp.43ff for an elaborate example.

Data Flow Diagrams

Description Explain the motivation for data flow diagrams, including the contrast between these and flow charts. Explain the interpretation of nodes and edges in these charts and provide examples that illustrate how complex information is conveyed using these charts. Anton Jansen submitted a project on dataflow diagrams in 2000.

Cijferlijsten (Transcripts of Grades)

Description The Faculty of the Arts in Groningen issues transcripts of grades to students when they graduate. These consist of many lines, each of which contains the name of the course and the grade received.

Course Grade
Introduction to Programming 7
Data Structures 6
Databases 7
... ...

Create an alternative, perhaps more informative presentation. You might consider the date at which the course was taken (or completed), the trimester of study this was (e.g., in the first or second year of study), the name of the instructor, and perhaps whether an examination was taken more than once. Be sure to consider why you choose to use or ignore the different information as well as the form you select.

Rogier van de Weg made a proposal in 2000, but it would be interesting to see alternatives.

Informational Symbols

Description Consider the symbols for men's and women's WC's as these are found in airports: a silhouette of a man (in trousers) and a woman (in a dress). A great number of similar symbols are used to indicate where cars, bikes and motorcycles are (and are not allowed), where information (I) can be found, etc. See Symbols Signs, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1993, for a discussion of these and an evaluation. Try to characterize successful signs, and to say which sorts of information are not suitable for such abbreviated representation.


Description suggest your own topic to the instructor before you begin working on it. It must be a graphic whose primary purpose is the transmission of information.

John Nerbonne
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