Master of Advanced Studies
in Interaction Design

Adventures in data visualization 2018


Adventures in data visualization is a practical workshop dedicated to explorations into the field of data visualization by means of computational design approaches and technologies. By accessing, creating and manipulating datasets, the participants design and develop projects that make raw data perceivable through digital or physical experiences.

By leveraging web technologies for visualization, participants will focus on represent local open data about food as part of a collaborative research experience, blurring the boundaries between data and food. The data will be related to the iniziative “Lugano Città del Gusto”, an event involving all the food and wine excellence of the Canton Ticino.

Participants will create stories by analysing inherent qualities of food, such as color, form, texture, smell, taste, nutrition, origin etc.

What is the most demanded organic delicacy? How many restaurants uses local products? How is relevant the uses of ‘zero kilometre’ food? How much money were invested in the alimentar industry this year? What much swiss cheese is exported abroad each year?

The projects can make use of storytelling, experimental, artistic or information design techniques and approaches. Data on food is the material, D3js is the tool and the web is the medium.

The workshop activities are based on design and programming sessions in which participants develop a project individually or in teams. The workshop is an intensive educational course featuring hands-on activities and peer to peer learning. At the end of the workshop the projects will be presented at Villa Ciani in Lugano during the events of Lugano Città del Gusto.

During the workshop tutoring sessions and resources are provided according to the design goal of the participants’ projects. The tutoring sessions point to transfer the fundamental knowledge of web technologies, in particular, of popular software libraries such as D3.js, The main programming language of the workshop is javascript/D3js, but participants can choose a different prototyping platform or other web technologies depending on the goal of their project.

Teachers & Tutors

Fabio Franchino, @fabiofranchino

Fabio is a computational designer and a founding partner at ToDo Creative Agency in Torino. He has always been involved in creative processes, ranging in fields from music to design, passing through performing and generative arts. He discovered the potential of programming as a medium and unconventional tool for his creative purposes. He explores ideas through evolving processes, often finding unexpected, meaningful outcomes and new aesthetics. After gaining senior experience with ActionScript and Processing, he has been exploring JavaScript and web technologies, trying to discover further creative potentials. He has taught in several institutions and has held workshops in his field of expertise; he also organized the first Italian event devoted to computational practices in art and design.

Serena Cangiano, SUPSI, coordinator, @almostserena

Serena Cangiano, researcher, interaction designer and proud leader of the hands-on summer schools in interaction design at SUPSI.

Giovanni Profeta, SUPSI, coordinator & tutor, @profeta_g

Giovanni Profeta holds a Master’s Degree in Visual and Multimedia Communication from the University Iuav of Venice. He is Ph.D. candidate in Design at Politecnico di Milano and develops applied research projects focused on data visualization and interaction design at the Laboratory of visual culture - Interaction Design Lab SUPSI and DensityDesign Research Lab. Currently he is a teacher of Interaction design at the bachelor SUPSI in Visual Communication.

Greta Castellana, information designer @gretacastellana

Greta is an Interaction and Information designer interested in exploring data and technology as a way to interact with people. She holds a BA in Graphic and Communication Design from ISIA Urbino and an MA in Information Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven. She has been living in different European countries and she is currently based in Amsterdam, where she works at the intersection between data visualization and user experience design.

Marco Lurati, SUPSI fablab, @fablablugano

Marco Lurati, engineer, interaction designer and fabtotum at Fablab SUPSI Lugano.

External lecturers

A group of experts will join the workshop to give online and off presentations that will enrich the learning process.

Practical information


At Adventures in Data Visualization will participate the students of the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design and It is open to interaction designers, creative coders, software developers, researchers and makers interested in doing projects with data. A basic knowledge of scripting and programming language is recommended in order to participate. Motivated novices are very welcome to participate in the workshop. Participants must bring their own laptop.


4 days, from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21th September 2018, about 7 hours per day (28 hours).



Equipment and materials

Participants must bring their own laptop.


FabLab SUPSI / Atelier of MAS in Interaction Design, Campus Trevano Canobbio

Special event

On Friday 21st September, the results will be presented in a public event organized within the program of Lugano Città del Gusto.


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