Summer School

Beautiful insights: dataviz for scientists

Visual depictions are a tremendously important, but often neglected tool in scientific practice and communication. In this training, Moritz Stefaner, a leading expert in the field of data visualization, will provide practical tips and guidance in how to use data visualization most effectively in your scientific practice.

You will learn about the pros and cons of different diagram types, the best use of visual variables, tips for working with colors, layout tricks and the role of storytelling and narrative techniques.

In this training we will work with datasets that are related to scientific topics. In several assignments you will learn to come up with effective visual solutions.

Trainer

Moritz Stefaner works as a “truth and beauty operator” on the crossroads of data visualization, information aesthetics and user interface design. With a background in cognitive science and interface design his work balances analytical and aesthetic aspects in mapping abstract and complex phenomena.

In the past, he has helped clients like the OECD, the World Economic Forum, Skype, FIFA and Max Planck Research Society to find insights and beauty in large data sets. He was nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and is a multiple winner of the Kantar Information is Beautiful awards. His work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale of Architecture, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica and the Max Planck Science Gallery. He has co-authored books for publishers like O’Reilly and Springer and has spoken and lectured on numerous occasions on the topic of information visualization. Find his personal portfolio at http://truth-and-beauty.net. He also publishes the Data Stories podcast together with Enrico Bertini.

Price

The cost for the training is € 295 excluding VAT and including coffee, tea and lunch.

Target audience

Anyone who publish data-based (scientific) reports and want to maximize their impact through data visualization. Especially PhDs or post-docs with the need for scientific communication and Analysts and communicators at NGOs or Think Tanks.

Practical information

21 August 2018 (09.30am-5.00pm) SOLD OUT.
The training will be given in English.
The training will take place at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.

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Finding elegance: designing with data

Data visualisations made by Italian designers are considered of an extreme high standard. The composition, the level of complexity, but especially the beauty of the design are world class. Federica Fragapane is one of the young and talented designers and illustrators from Italy. In this two day workshop she will focus on the elegance of a data visualisation.

The training will guide the participants through all the phases of a data visualization project. Special attention will be on the design of a visual narrative. We will be focusing on the participants’ interests and inclinations, both on the contents and on the visual aspects in order to create a clear, visually appealing (hand drawn) visualization.

Plenty of time will be dedicated to the refinement phase: the participants will be guided to work on all the visual details and stylistic touches that can have a relevant role in the creation of an effective and elegant data visualization. Participants will also be invited to apply the skills and lessons learnt to a project of their own, that they will be guided to redesign and refine with a fresh point of view.

The following topics will be covered:

• introduction to data visualization
• case studies and examples of data visualization projects
• from data to visual alphabets
• the role of visual inspiration
• data sculpture
• definition of custom visual models
• designing elegance
• the importance of details
• critical analysis of previous works
• redesigning a visualization through new points of view

Trainer

Federica Fragapane is an award winning freelance information designer. Among her projects, she designed data visualizations for the United Nations Environment Programme and Wired and she collaborates with the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, working on the analysis and visualization of cultural, environmental and social topics for the cultural supplement La Lettura.

She is co-author of “Pianeta Terra“, infographics children’s book published by National Geographic Kids and White Star Kids and author of “The Stories Behind a Line” a visual narrative of six asylum seekers’ journeys.

Price

The cost for this two day training is € 549 excluding VAT and including coffee, tea and lunch.

Target audience

Anyone who wants to translate (complex) information in a visual way, like communication specialists, visual designers, editors, researchers, marketeers and journalists. And want to focus on the elegance of design.

Practical information

23 and 24 August (09.30am-5.00pm).
The training will be given in English.
The training will take place at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.

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