Data / Designed

Bring your data to life using innovative visualization techniques in this one-day workshop unlike any other, and learn from world leaders that come from two sides of data visualization: data science and design. Explore styles, techniques and best practices to create meaningful and beautiful visualizations.

This workshop will provide you with the core skills needed to conceptualize, plan, and develop data visualization products. Taught by world-renowned leaders in the field — Stefanie Posavec and Jonathan Schwabish — this full-day workshop will inspire you to push beyond your own limits so you can create great, effective visualizations. Step away from your keyboard and enjoy some fresh space for your hands and mind: the entire workshop will be off-screen, using only basic drawing materials.

Working in groups, the instructors will guide you through the analysis of a dataset to the design and implementation of your own custom visualization method. You will expand your graphic knowledge, learn best practices, and discover different and innovative ways to communicate your data and analysis. Stefanie Posavec and Jonathan Schwabish will offer insights into the design principles that are integral to creating a successful visualization, regardless of function, medium, or context.

No coding skills, design skills, or data skills needed: the only requirement is an interest in data visualization! In this full-day workshop, you will learn the important underpinnings of the science and design process behind data visualization and how to effectively communicate your work.

Course description

  • What is data visualization? Why is it important and what is its function?
  • How do we perceive visual information? Visual perception and the importance of data visualization.
  • What graph types can we use? An overview of different graphs.
  • What are data visualization best practices and strategies?
  • How should I think critically about visualization design?
  • How do I design a data visualization system?
  • What else do I need? The anatomy of a successful data visualization.

By the end of the workshop, the attendees will:

  • be familiar with different kinds of data visualizations.
  • identify the different forms and functions of visualizations.
  • learn, and exchange ideas about, visualization best practices.
  • learn how to increase message clarity and impact.
  • learn the basic data analysis skills one needs as a data visualizer.
  • understand the data visualization design process.
  • explore how to create their own custom data visualization system.
  • have a starting point for applying data visualization in their own work.

Agenda of the training

  • Data Representation: Types of Visualizations
  • Exercise: Identify visualization types
  • Introduction to Data Visualization Best Practices
  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Exercise: Drawing the first stage of your visualization
  • Architecture and anatomy of a data visualization
  • Exercise: Organizing your visualization in its final form

Trainers

Stefanie Posavec is a London-based designer for whom data is her favorite material, with projects ranging from data visualization and information design to commissioned data art. This work has been exhibited internationally at major galleries including MoMA (New York), the Science Gallery (Dublin), the V&A, the Design Museum, the Science Museum, The Southbank Centre, and Somerset House (London). In 2013, she was Facebook’s first data-artist-in-residence at their Menlo Park campus. She recently completed a year-long drawing project with Giorgia Lupi called Dear Data, where each week they gathered and drew their data on a postcard to send to the other.

Jonathan Schwabish is one of the leading experts in the field of data visualization. On his website www.policyviz.com he writes widely about the developments in the field. In addition, he hosts a well-listened dataviz podcast (policyviz podcast) and offers public workshops. Jonathan is generally known for calling for clarity and accessibility in research and he has written on various aspects of how to best visualize data including technical aspects of creation, design best practices, and how to communicate social science research in more accessible ways. Jonathan Schwabish is currently working as a senior researcher at the Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Center in Washington.

Price

The cost for the training is € 389 excluding VAT, including coffee, tea and lunch. All attendees receive copies of the authors’ books, Dear Data and Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks.

Target audience

This course is for anyone interested in data visualization and who wants to better understand the general design process regardless of their data analysis or software skills, including:

  • people working with and analyzing data including government analysts, scholars, and researchers are interested in improving how they communicate their work
  • communication designers and other creatives looking to expand their communication design skillset
  • publishers and content creators who want to explore visual approaches to communicating their company’s message

Practical information

16 January 2019 (09.30am-5.00pm).
The training will be given in English.
The training will take place at Mmousse in Amsterdam.

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