Data Visualization Concepts (non-platform-specific)

Participants learn the key best practices for data visualization and put them to work on an excel spreadsheet containing raw and ill-formatted data



Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:rn• Critique good and not-so-good examples of visualisationsrn• Identify the best chart primate to use to communicate a given data insightrn• Implement good practices using pre-attentive processing techniquesrn• Enhance or diminish information quantity for maximum impactrn• Structure information flow in a dashboard to reveal detail incrementally

Course Content

• Principles of Organization & the Use of Color and Spacerno Gestalt organisation principlesrno Pre-attentive processingrno Creating impact by adding and taking away.rn• Worked Exercises: Organization & the Use of Color and Spacerno Dashboard challenge: take a raw Excel data sheet and foreground the key insights managers need to see at a glancern• Techniques for improving Excel default templatesrno Additional labellingrno Avoiding the default Excel paletterno Special characters and explanatory text insertsrn• Case Study: Foreign aid donations by country [Excel exercise]rno Small groups (>=5) work together to create an impactful visualization and story based on data sets from a different donor country


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