Dashboard Notes for Tuesday


Here’s a quick summary of what we discussed in class: We’ll have (at least) two dashboards both based on the same underlying pool of data. Dashboard 1 is just one graph with three (or more) lines on it showing retention, persistence, and persistence to graduation rates

By Tuesday, use index cards to sketch out charts (and take notes about questions/problems) for the two dashboards.

Dashboard 1: Overall Line Chart

A line chart with three lines: current year, one year back, two years back. The line chart covers six full years so the user can see retention (student completed first year), persistence (completed years two through six), and persistence to graduation (student actually graduated in six years).

The user should be able to determine what categories are used for that data (see the Dashboard 2 categories on the Resources page), based on the long list of categories (ethnicity, first-year, gender, etc.). So in addition to the dashboard the user will need some way to select the categories (and—see below—possible combinations).

They’ll probably need to be able to combine categories on the line charts (e.g., gender + international student, which will have four possible values (male + international, male + non-international, female + international, female + non-international).

Questions: Are there categories that won’t fit easily onto this format? How many lines can we show on the chart and still have it be readable—the gender + international example above would have 12 lines on it (four possible values x 3 years)?

Dashboard 2: Six Categories on One Dashboard

The second dashboard would let the user select up to six categories from the long list Cathy described. Each of the six charts would show resistance, persistence, and persistence through graduation for that category. The KPI would be current year with a text label showing if that rate is below or above the previous year. Most of the charts would be KPIs, but some categories might not work well. If we need more info about the category, note that so we can ask for more info.

Questions: What categories won’t work as KPIs? Will another format work for those? Would we allow users to click somewhere on a chart to enlarge that chart (possibly show all 12-15 charts in very small size and allow the user to click one to zoom in)?

2.26 (Tuesday)


Customer Journey/Five Guys

Rough sketch (digital or analog) this Thursday for discussion.

Check-in: Health Device

Lupton 48-53 (Design Fictions) for Thursday.


Ed Sheats (programming dashboards), Cathy McNamera (Associate VP for Student Success)

Dashboard 1: displaying gender, ethnicity, first generation, pell recipient, and Off-Campus/On-Campus housing and how they are correlated to retention. She likes the idea of having separate boxes on the page displaying each of these features in some way. i.e. –  visual just on gender 

Dashboard 2: displaying a visual on overall retention, persistence, and persisted to graduation rates.

Visualization Types in Power BI

3D Printer App


This is the app that Ignite is using for their 3D printers: Ultimaker Cura. I may have posted the wrong link earlier. The app here is open source and free (I just downloaded and launched it without any issues).

Important Snag: However, it appears that the app is just the link between a 3D model file and the 3D printer, so it wants to load an .obj, .x3d, etc. file. We’ll need to work with another app to actually create the 3D files.

When you launch the app, it’ll ask what printer you’re using. Ignite has both a Utilmaker 3 and a Utilmaker 3 Extended. I’m not sure what the differences are but I’d just select Utilmaker 3 unless you have a reason to need whatever “Extended” offers. The app will also want to search your network for attached 3D printers, but I skipped that step.

Let me know if you have any issues.

2.12 (Tuesday)



CNN: “The New Rules of Political Design

Health Device

Crit final proposals

Experience Mapping

New readings on Resources page.

Debrief on visit. Discuss what information should be on the map. What was interesting? What were the variations? Where do transitions, exchanges, stories take place and with what? Will a second visit be useful?

Discuss what to have due as the first draft (Thursday). Sketch options?

For Thursday

Lupton 34 – 37

2.7 (Thursday)



Get caught up: Starting to grade next week.,

Health Device

Discuss proposals

3D printing. Ignite is using CURA for its printers.

Customer Journey Maps

What’s the experience?


Who does what? (Notes, pictures, recordings.) Be respectful of privacy.

Will two visits/experiences be required?


Mark: 345/395 Liaison

New ID template: Any additional tweaks?

Specific tasks for 395 students: What are the deliverables? Work in InDesign? Text only? What about images?

Links to PDFs

Auto-everything setup

Röde Videomic+

Zoom F1

Advice on writing instructions and using templates

2.5 (Tuesday)



Lupton 88-99


Some samples (from Professor York): http://cucommandmedia.com/ux/personas/

Christof Zurn’s Persona Core Poster

Persona Exercise: Visitor to Clarkson

Go to this Google Doc and save a copy (File > Make a copy…). In groups of two, complete two separate personas.


Discuss template

Crit drafts

Tasks for 395 students. Three teams. Need instructions to help users quickly setup and record video. Break GH5 into material for three teams? Or do one QuickRef for each camera?

Health Device Project

Discuss tentative ideas

Draft proposal Thursday. Include three (rough) personas.

As class, discuss what else the proposal should include.

Experience Maps

Start Experience Maps Project Thursday.

Show some examples.

Think about a possible location/experience.

Design Thinking


Workshop: Redesign Campus Map

Clarkson’s Visiting Campus page.

Take perspective of potential students and their families.

For Thursday

HD Proposal Draft 1

Idea for Experience Map