Whether you're working on a presentation, a website or teaching materials, data visualisation offers you a great way of telling your story quickly and effectively. This four-week course gives you everything you need to create memorable static and interactive graphics - from how to find data and tailor it to your audience, to how to create maximum impact with your design.
Led by Guardian Digital Agency's Design Manager, Tobias Sturt, and Adam Frost, Head of Data Visualisation, the course delivers a series of lectures and workshops which give you the opportunity to get expert feedback on your work. Detailed hand-outs ensure this course offers a long-term benefit to your communications.
The data visualisation course will look at how raw data can be turned into striking visual stories. In the first session, we will look at flat graphic design (infographics) and how visual storytelling techniques can enhance the impact and memorability of your work. In the second session, we will look at interactives and interface design.
The third and fourth sessions are workshops which will give attendees experience of working at a simulated digital agency. They will be organised into groups and encouraged to find their own datasets and asked to wireframe either a flat or interactive design. Then, using the relevant software, they will be encouraged to turn their wireframe into a publishable piece of work. The end result will be a finished piece of data visualisation that can be submitted to either a magazine, website or blog. We will advise on the best routes to publication.
The course will alternate between presentations and workshop elements. Attendees will need to bring laptops; however note that many of the tasks will simply involve pen and paper. Although we do discuss software, and encourage people to use relevant software to create charts in the workshop sessions, please note that this is not a software training course.
The masterclass is designed for...
• Those who have to present for a living, using Powerpoint, Prezi or similar software.
• Those who work with data and wish to learn more about turning data into something visually compelling.
• Designers who wish to learn more about information graphics and create a data visualisation piece for their portfolio.
• Developers who are interested in creating more usable and elegant front-end solutions.
Please note: This Masterclass is not intended to be corporate training but instead is an introduction to the principles and practices of data visualisation for interested individuals. Corporate training can be arranged separately with courses tailored to specific requirements. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tobias Sturt is the design and user experience manager at the Guardian Digital Agency. He has been working in digital storytelling for almost two decades, in all kinds of media, from web to TV to games to infographics. He has also worked on more conventional digital development projects, from website design to branding, from mobile app interfaces to print projects.
Adam Frost is data visualisation manager at the Guardian Digital Agency. As well as work for the Guardian itself, he has worked on data visualisation projects for clients as diverse as Vodafone, SAB Miller, Ofsted, Kantar, Millward Brown and Walmart. He has also managed large-scale web builds for the Department for Education and EDF Energy.
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Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.
Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.
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