Introduction to Data Visualisation

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Introduction to Data Visualisation

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Course overview

Nothing communicates a complex story faster than the perfect visualisation. Learn from Andy Kirk, data visualisation guru, how to transform your data into powerful visualisations and infographics. In this course you will gain an accessible, broad and thorough understanding of contemporary data visualisation.

The focus of the teaching is to impart the craft of this discipline - you will understand what to think, when to think, and how to resolve all the analytical and design decisions involved in any data-driven challenge.

If you work with any form of data, big or small, and want to increase the impact of your research, this enlightening and exciting course is for you.

Additional Materials

This course comes with a free copy of Andy Kirk’s book, Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design

The book isn’t essential for completion of the course (everything you need to learn is included within your modules), but there are sections of the course where you might find it interesting to do a little outside reading.  Voted one of the “six best books for data geeks” by The Financial Times, Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design is intended to support your learning during, and after your SAGE Campus course. 

If you are buying this course after the 5th June, please be aware that your book may not arrive before the start of the course. We will send you the chapters that are referenced in module 1 electronically, so that you can partake in outside reading if you wish to.  

Course objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to :

  • harness color, composition, interactivity, and annotation to tell your data story

  • tailor your visualisations to your audience’s needs and integrate critical thinking into your design decisions

  • determine what is the most important, relevant and interesting content to portray to your audience

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Introduction to Data Visualisation

This course is approximately 10 hours of learning.
There are no technical nor knowledge-based prerequisites for this course. The most critical attribute is your curiosity. Still curious about the prerequisites? Read more in the FAQs.
Andy Kirk
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How It Works

How It Works

How It Works

The course is structured around a proven visualisation design workflow delivered through nine distinct modules that incrementally build up your knowledge and confidence in this subject. Week-by-week, students will build up a detailed understanding of all the different aspects of decision-making that go into any data visualisation design work from a range of creative, analytical, and journalistic perspectives. The content is delivered through a blend of teaching and assessment activities to maximize your learning opportunities.

This course is approximately 10 hours of learning, which you can complete at your own pace during your 3 month access period.  There is a course forum which we encourage you to use to connect with your fellow learners. Your course instructor Andy will be periodically checking in on the forum discussions to offer guidance where needed.





Module One

Subject Introduction and Overview

  • Define the subject of data visualisation
  • Teach the value of following a design workflow to shape your thinking
  • Help you understand the design principles that influence your thinking

Formulating your Design Brief

  • Define the context of your visualisation and identify the circumstances that will impact on your process
  • Define the vision of your visualisation, identifying the experience and tone of voice that required

Module Two

Working with Data

  • Acquiring the data - establishing the origin, methods and practicalities of obtaining your raw material
  • Examining the data - establishing a detailed understanding of its physical properties
  • Transforming the data - preparing it for analysis
  • Exploring the data - using visualisation techniques to help us understand the qualities it may possess

Establishing your Editorial Thinking

  • Determining what is the most important, relevant and interesting content to portray to our audience
  • Editorial perspectives - deconstructing an existing visualisation

Module Three

Developing your Design Solution: Understanding and Choosing Charts

  • Learning the fundamentals of data encoding
  • Exploring a gallery of chart types to understand the roles and characteristics of different charts
  • Understanding the influencing factors and considerations for data representation

Developing your Design Solution: Deploying Features of Interactivity

  • Features for interactivity - data and presentation adjustments
  • Influencing factors and considerations for interactivity

Module Four

Developing your Design Solution: Incorporating Annotation to Provide Assistance

  • The key features for annotating your work at both the overall project level and within or around your charts
  • The influencing factors that will shape your feature selections and deployments

Developing your Design Solution: Colour and Composition

  • Applications of color - data legibility, editorial focus, functional harmony
  • Influencing factors and considerations for color
  • Features for composition - project and chart composition
  • Influencing factors and considerations for composition

Course Review and Further Development

  • Reflects on the different talents, attitudes and knowledge one needs to possess in order to truly possess the all-round capabilities demanded by data visualisation
  • Provides further references and resources to help you continue developing your data visualisation capabilities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below answers to some of the most frequent questions we get about this course

Do I need to install any software?

No, you do not need to install any software. All you need is a computer (or tablet) and internet connection.

How long will I have access to the course for?

You have access to the course materials for 3 months.

Will I get a certificate?

All of our courses offer a certificate of completion signed by your instructor. You will be able to download this certificate, from the Learning Platform, when you complete the course.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

There are no technical nor knowledge-based prerequisites for this course. The most critical attribute is your curiosity - an instinct for and interest in discovering and sharing insights from data - and your appetite to find a fresh approach to communicating data through visual representation and presentation. This course is aimed at people from all backgrounds, organisation types and domain areas. It is designed to be accessible and useful for all participant demographics with a role or interest in communicating with data.

Can I buy this course outside of the US?

Yes, SAGE Campus are available outside of the US. At time of purchase, the current exchange rate will change the price of this course in to your currency

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