A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to notice a Tweet go by with information about a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) taught by Alberto Cairo, whose new book The Functional Art caught my eye as a potential textbook for a class in infographics and data visualization (if I ever know enough and have the chance to teach one). I leapt at the chance – and recruited a friend to join too.
Good thing I acted fast. Although they called it a MOOC (the one I just finished had over 80,000 registered students), the Knight Center didn’t really expect a big turnout. Realizing that their servers might not hold up, enrollment was capped at 2000. I made the cut, and so did Dr. Iwa Else, my friend and the only other full-time sociologist at the school. Now we’re finally getting to see the opening videos and begin the readings.
- Q&A with Alberto Cairo, author of ‘The Functional Art’ (editdesk.wordpress.com)
- Graphics, Infographics, and Data Visualization: (slideshare.net)
- Here at Last, “The Functional Art” (perceptualedge.com)
- Review: The Functional Art (flowingdata.com)