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Visual Discovery Conference 2019

November 7-11

Visual Discovery Conference 2019

Bringing together premier faculty in the information design field from around the world, the Visual Discovery Conference allows students to participate without a registration fee and collaborate on visual storytelling projects focused on specific regional themes. This year's themes were the Ridges, mining and beer-making.

See the 2019 Visual Discovery Conference projects:

The Ridges Asylum theme:

Mining theme:

Beer-making theme:


Click a specific date below to see the agenda for that day.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Friday, Nov. 8
Saturday, Nov. 9
Sunday, Nov. 10
Monday, Nov. 11

Thursday, Nov. 7: Visual Discovery Public Symposium

The conference will begin Thursday afternoon at the historic Athena Cinema in uptown Athens. We will be using the theater’s second-floor auditorium and providing free popcorn and soft drinks for attendees. Seating is limited and open to the public.

3 - 3:15 p.m.
Scott Titsworth, Tim Goheen

But, I’m Not Creative!
3:15 - 4 p.m.
Karl Gude, Michigan State University 

Data Visualization in China
4 - 4:15 p.m.
Catherine Ma, University of Miami, Florida

“Madeline through the Ages,” sorority photo project
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Madeline Lane, Ohio University 

Ten-minute break

Historical Gems, new book to be published by Taschen: “History of Information Graphics”
4:40 pm - 5:15 p.m.
Michael Stoll, Augsburg University, Germany

Reason Over Rules: Making good infographic decisions, book project with Alberto Cairo
5:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Alyssa Fowers, University of Miami, Florida 

Web mapping from A to Z
5:30 - 6 p.m.
Ana Mojica Myers, Ohio University

Tangible, Explorable Infographics
6:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Nina Krug, Nadine Ehrenberg, Lara Thiel and Simon Schabel, Augsburg University 

The World of XR
6:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Adonis Durado, Ohio University

6:45 - 7 p.m.
Tim Goheen/John Grimwade 

7:30 p.m.

Workshop attendees will meet in Schoonover Center 145 auditorium for pizza

Friday, Nov. 8: Workshop Begins

The Scripps College of Communication, located in Schoonover Center, will be the gathering place for the conference. 
*NOTE: instructors are with the groups and guiding them throughout the program.

Workshop check-in
8 - 9:30 a.m.
Schoonover Center room 145

Introductions, Workshop topics (Mining, Athens Asylum, Beer Making), and Team and topic assignments
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Schoonover Center room 145

Topic Research: full use of VisCom labs and computers or leave campus to visit relevant locations
1 - 6 p.m.
various locations

Explore Athens
Free evening for workshop attendees to explore uptown Athens on their own 

Saturday, Nov. 9: Workshop

Teams: explore Athens, research topics and work on final projects
9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
various locations

Explore Athens
Free evening for workshop attendees to explore uptown Athens on their own 

Sunday, Nov. 10: Workshop

Teams: work with faculty instructors to put final touches on workshop project presentations. Type of visual presentation will be left to the discretion of the individual workshop teams and their instructors.
8:30 a.m.
- 4 p.m.
Various locations

6 - 9 p.m.
Zenner House, a historic private residence in Athens

Monday, Nov. 11: Presentations

Teams presentations
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Schoonover Center room 145

Workshop concludes
12 p.m.