In this futuristic age of high-speed living and info overload, visualized data, information and knowledge has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate and find meaning in a complex world.
For the first time, founder of Information is Beautiful and leading data-viz practitioner David McCandless will be sharing his process and method for creating interesting, impactful, beautiful and, above all, useful infographics and visualisations.
what will I learn?
In a half-day (4 hour) workshop in a central location, attendees will specifically learn:
» concepting and the generation of good, interesting ideas ripe for visualization
» researching, finding and curating juicy data
» creating, selecting and executing appropriate & effective visualisations
» designing and beautifying charts & diagrams
and be broadly introduced to:
» how to use dataviz as a new lens for communication of ideas and stories
» the many new methods and approaches for visualising data
» a playful creative approach to data, based on exploration and discovery, for better results
» how to combine design-thinking and statistical rigour without compromising either
what’s the style of the workshop?
As a creative director, David’s approach combines rigour with play, beauty and structure, theory and open experimentation. So expect a fun, informative experience that is interactive and hands-on: pens, paper, sketching, sharing etc. All with a solid underpinning of theory.
this workshop would be useful if you’re:
» wishing to translate written reports, research and messaging into impactful visual form
» working / drowning in data and looking to visualize it for analysis or communication
» wanting to better understand the practice of data journalism and story-telling with data
» needing to succinctly communicate issues or data points to specific audiences
» a “word and ideas” person looking to translate your concepts into design language
» a “visual / design thinker” wanting to expand your approach to include data
» a “data / code” person looking to improve aesthetics and conceptual prowess
» a leader in business hoping to learn how dataviz could be helpful for your team
» already creating dataviz and want to refine your process
what will I come away with?
Everyone leaves with their own dataviz, a unique limited-edition handout pamphlet, and a slide deck. David will also sign copies of his books and pose awkwardly on the end of selfie-sticks.
Terms and conditions
About the Workshop
Workshops are hosted in a theatre-style venue with a large high definition screen to show Information is Beautiful's work and processes, alongside around 100-110 other participants. There will be opportunities to ask questions.
The workshop is given in a theatre-style format with plenty of interaction, questions and breakout exercises. Information is Beautiful also provides a more intimate “boardroom” style Advanced Dataviz Class for up to 24 people, for those with proven experience in dataviz or those who have attended this introduction. Join this notify list for announcements.
You won't need a laptop, but feel free to bring one if that’s your preferred mode of expression. Please do bring paper / pens though and expect some fun collaboration with those around you - although we will also supply paper and pens. You may also want to bring data or problems you are currently working with, so you can see if applying the IIB lens can help you find a solution or expression of your data.
Timings & refreshments
Tea, coffee and water will be served as participants arrive from 9am; the workshop will start at 9.15.am; there will be two breaks of approximately 15 minutes and the event will finish by 1pm. Lunch is not provided or included in the price.
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Refunds and transfers
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about Information is Beautiful
Information is Beautiful is a blog and a best-selling book dedicated to visualising ideas, issues, knowledge and data - and to discovering novel patterns and stories in the seas of data swamping and surrounding us.
David McCandless is a writer, designer and creative director living in London. He published his second infographic compendium, Knowledge is Beautiful, in 2014. A professional speaker, David has spoken at TED Global and over 100 global conferences & events. He is founder of the @infobeautyawards and @vizsweet. David says: “After two 256-page books, 567 graphics and approximately 1923 mistakes, the data is suggesting to me that I’m ready to share my method and process.”
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