Data visualisation: A one-day bootcamp

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Learn how to transform your data into beautiful infographics at this hands-on, one-day course with Adam Frost and Tobias Sturt

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Whether you’re working on a presentation, a website or teaching materials, the fastest way of telling a story with data is to visualise it. How can you identify datasets and use them to tell your story concisely and beautifully?

This intensive one-day bootcamp, led by Tobias Sturt and Adam Frost from specialist data visualisation agency Add Two Digital, is an innovative mix of lecture-style presentations, interactive group exercises and expert feedback, as well as practical activities to motivate you to skill-up further and faster, equipping you with the necessary tools for creating memorable static and interactive infographics.

You will learn how to find data, make your visualisation and refine your work - while receiving intimate feedback from two industry leaders. After the session, you will be given further reading materials and exercises to complete, allowing you the unique ability to test your knowledge and come to the second workshop armed with the confidence and skills to put your learnings into action.

Course Content

  • What makes a striking visualisation? The four tenets of finding data, designing a story, making your visualisation and refining your work through testing and feedback
  • Dramatising your story using layout, hierarchy, colour, shape, line and typeface
  • Course exercises: finding stories in data, examining how data might be presented for specific audiences, wireframing visual stories
  • Homework: a unique learning opportunity to flex the knowledge muscles you’ll have been working on during the session, some of which Adam and Tobias will walk through
  • Post-course supplementary resources and useful tools

This course is for ...

  • This highly practical course is for anyone who is looking to vastly improve their beginner knowledge of infographics, to tell stories using complex information with simplicity and elegance.
  • Please be aware that although you do not need any specific technical expertise to participate in this course, your learning experience will be richer if you have a basic understanding of MS Excel or Google Sheets.

Tutor Profile

Adam Frost was formerly head of data visualisation at the Guardian’s digital agency. He is now content director at Add Two, an agency specialising in data visualisation. His work has appeared on the Guardian, the New Statesman, Buzzfeed and elsewhere. Adam has also produced infographics and interactives for a range of public and private sector clients including the Department for Education, Google and Unilever.

Tobias Sturt was head of creative at the Guardian’s digital agency and is now creative director of Add Two. He has been working in digital storytelling for almost two decades using all kinds of media – from web to TV, games and infographics.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 10am (BST).

Course Details

  • Date:Friday 1 October 2021
  • Time: 10am-4.30pm (BST)

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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