For the past decade, magazines like Forbes, Fortune, and Wired have called data "the new oil." In 2012, Harvard Business Review named data scientist the "sexiest job of the 21st century." This course uses a critical making approach to engage with the role that data have played in contemporary communications, especially with regard to information visualization, data journalism, and similar forms of digital storytelling. In this class, students will learn the core elements of developing static graphics and web-based, interactive applications. Emphasized throughout the course will be composition as a means to supplement and extend critical thought, especially how data-driven communications methods are reshaping public discourse.