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Final Synthesis Design Studio

The content of this website was designed by students of the M.Sc. Degree in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano. During their final course, students learn to observe, describe and represent controversial phenomena from different perspectives.

In the 2018/2019 edition, starting from six macro-topics – datafication, climate change adaptation, addictions, food economics, hate speech, migrations – students chose one controversial issue, performed (data-driven) analyses and visually communicated the results.

In this context, Communication Design is used to access and understand the increasingly complex amount of data and information shaping our world. Students are invited to use visualisation techniques across multiple phases of the research process: to describe and understand the observed phenomena; to share methods and results; as a strategy for public engagement.

The three phases:

Exploring official data

Diving into
the web

Visualization for advocacy