Data-viz drawing

When you draw you quickly can put your thoughts and ideas on paper. You can come up with visual solutions without losing yourself in tools or software. Sketching can also boost your creativity. Your sketch doesn´t need not be perfect, but it can help you to achieve new visual forms or ideas. Ideas that will fit the story that you want to tell with your data or information.

In this training, we follow all the steps in the visualisation process using only pen and paper. We´ll do data analysis through drawing, look for creative techniques through drawing and create a final visualisation through drawing.

The training will be run by Stefanie Posavec (USA), known from her year-long analog data drawing project Dear Data in collaboration with Giorgia Lupi. This project was deemed the ‘Best Dataviz Project’ and the ‘Most Beautiful’ (the highest accolade) at the 2015 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards, and is part of the permanent collection of the MoMa in New York now.

Course description

This workshop will guide you through the analysis of a dataset to the design and implementation of your own custom visualisation method, at the same time offering insights into the design considerations that are integral to creating a successful visualisation. The entire workshop will be off-screen, using nothing more than basic office supplies and drawing materials.

The following topics will be covered:

  • the data visualisation process
  • data analysis through drawing
  • finding your data’s focus
  • introduction to rule-based drawing as approach to understanding dataviz
  • principles of data visualisation
  • creative techniques for coming up with visualisation systems
  • architecture of a data visualisation
  • anatomy of a data visualisation
  • experimenting and determining final architecture
  • creation of a final visualisation


Stefanie Posavec (USA) is a designer living in London for whom data is her favoured material, with projects ranging from data visualization and information design to commissioned data art. Her personal work focuses on non-traditional representations of data derived from language, literature, or scientific topics, often using a hand-crafted approach. This work has been exhibited internationally at major galleries including MoMA (New York), CCBB (Rio de Janeiro), the Science Gallery (Dublin), the V&A, 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.


The cost for the training is € 295 excluding VAT, including coffee, tea and lunch. Participants will receive the book Dear Data from Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi.

Target audience

A workshop for professionals of all backgrounds who want to better understand the data visualisation design process and its best practices in a very hands-on way: through drawing!

Practical information

This one day training will be offered in May or June 2019 (with reservation). Keep an eye on the website or send an e-mail and we keep you informed.
The training will be given in English.
The training will take place at Mmousse in Amsterdam.

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