Exploring Augmented Reality Visualizations

An experimental design project that explores visualizing data in three dimensions for augmented reality. Visualizations that can be examined and inspected by physically getting closer or understood by walking around them, open up exciting possibilities for how we communicate complex ideas and data that reveals hidden truths.

Students will adapt data visualizations created for 2D and leverage the use of depth to add further understanding, complexity and or scale.

Students will also explore visualizing data through metaphor in a three dimensional space. For example a city-scape visualized on a living room floor where the height of each building represents population growth for different urban areas across the world. Another example might be comparative size, such as holding the smallest frog in the amazon in your hand or placing the world’s tallest tree in your front yard. Both of these have the potential for amazement, delight, a sense of wonder and visceral reactions.

Presentation Slides


Results from the project

Faculty and Staff Leads

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

Emmy winning interactive producer & Associate Professor @NorthwesternU, @KnightLab. Formerly of The New York Times. Creator of TimelineJS & StoryMapJS


Brittany Callan

Austin Keating

Taehun Kim

Nancy Kong

Yeju Moon

Mary Truong