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5W Academy - Information Graphics and Data Visualization

Upcoming event: Chicago

Information Graphics and Data Visualization

1-day workshop: Friday, January 26, 2018

Registration fee: $550

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Following the success of the previous workshops in Europe and Asia, we are pleased to announce the first 5W ACADEMY workshop in Chicago, IL.

This one-day workshop will explain the role of infographics in visual storytelling and how to create your own, in print and online. Attendees will do practical exercises to create interactive data visualization and web maps with the help of Tableau Public. They will learn how to gather and prepare data, as well as how to draw up charts, sketches, and storyboards using numerical information. They will also experiment with hierarchy, color, typography, illustration, and narrative to create effective infographics that make an impact.

The class will offer an overview of essential tools and strategies for creating engaging infographics and data visualization. Multiple award-winning projects will also be explained.

This workshop is a one-day practical guide for working designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, educators, and professionals who are interested in developing the skills to create print and interactive information graphics. It will include theory as well as practical exercises.

by the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • learn from past and current examples to understand the relevance of infographics and data visualization in visual storytelling.
  • judge and choose the best sources, data types, and visual formats for your projects.
  • conceptualize, plan, sketch, and design engaging infographics with multiple elements for print and online audiences.
  • enhance your graphics narrative with well edited text to present a clear message.
  • plan or storyboard interactive graphics and learn the fundamentals of producing animated and interactive graphics.
  • expand your knowledge about the most-up-to-date tools and resources available to create infographics and data visualizations.

The instructors

Juan & Samuel Velasco

Juan & Samuel Velasco photo

In 2001 Juan and Samuel Velasco founded 5w Infographics, an award- winning design and consulting company that specializes in information-driven projects. Today, we have offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Madrid.

Juan Velasco was the Art Director of National Geographic magazine from 2008 to 2014. Previous to National Geographic, he worked as a graphics artist for El Mundo (Spain) and as the Graphics Art Director for The New York Times.

Juan has won over a hundred Society of News Design and Malofiej awards, as well as awards from the SPD and AIGA. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of a team at The NY Times.

Samuel Velasco was one of the original founders of the daily newspaper El Mundo (Madrid), in 1989, whose art department quickly became the center of a “boom” of infographics in Europe. From 1990 to 1996 Samuel won more than thirty awatrds for his work at El Mundo.

In 1996, Samuel became an Art Director at Fortune magazine. During this time, Samuel also worked as a freelance infographic artist.

Morning

  • 1The role of Infographics and data visualization in visual story telling

    • The role of infographics to summarize complex stories, find the key message and present it in an impactful way.
    • Successful visual structure and story flow.
    • Identifying opportunities for infographics in text-driven reports and presentations. Making visual choices.
    • Information and visual insight versus decoration.
    • Choosing the right focus, angle and level of complexity for your audience. Making it relatable.
    • Providing context and adequeate comparisons.
    • Speed sketching exercises
  • 2Using charts

    • Chart types and when to use them.
    • Working with numbers. Key concepts visualizing data.
    • Math for graphics: calculating percent change, rates, indexing, adjusting for inflation, mean and median, etc.
    • Design of charts. Scales. Data distortion and distraction.
    • Sources of information
  • 3Using maps

    • Geographic maps. World maps, regional maps, city maps.
    • Thematic or data-driven maps. Types.
    • Map design issues. Editing, typography, hierarchy.
    • GIS. Tools and resources for maps in print and online.
    • Chart exercises
  • 4Infographics design

    • Hierarchy and content organization, typography,integration in the page.
    • 10 rules to design infographics with multiple elements.
    • Using color strategically as a layer of information.
    • Color palettes, Style guides.

Afternoon

  • 5Working with PowerPoint presentations

    • The role of infographics in presentations. Tips and best practices in the design of PowerPoint clear and impactful presentations.
  • 6Online / interactive infographics

    • Graphics on desktops, smartphones and tablets. Differences. How readers interact with screens.
    • Key concepts in interactivity and navigation.
    • Motion graphics with Adobe After Effects.
    • Interactive data visualization with programming: D3 and other tools.
    • Interactive data visualization without coding: Tableau.
  • 7Hands-on: creating interactive graphics and maps in Tableau

    • We’ll use Tableau to import Excel data sets, create interactive data visualizations and maps and publish them on the web. Participants will learn about adding user navigation, filters, mouse-over tool tips, creating exploratory dashboards with multiple elements, etc.
  • 8Hands-on group exercise

    • This exercise emphasizes brainstorming and sketching out visual ideas. Groups will sketch out (by hand) an infographic with multiple components, based on real news data. During work, we’ll discuss about the content/editorial choices, alternative approaches to showing the data and telling the story, visual choices and overall design issues. Groups will present their exercises to the rest of the class for discussion.
  • 9Q&A: bibliography and resources

    • We’ll answer any questions and provide a list of books, blogs and resources for those interested in expanding their knowledge.

Payment

Payment are processed through eventbrite.com using PayPal or a range of Credit Card types. If you or your organization prefers to make a booking through an invoice process (electronic payment transfer or check) please email academy@5w-consulting.com to progress your registration.

Venue

The event will take place at
Microtek
230 W Monroe Street. Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606

Class size

The maximum class size is typically around 25-30 people. This helps to create a supportive learning environment with plenty of one-on-one instruction as well as facilitating energetic dialogue within the group.

Times

The workshops will commence at 9:30 am and finish around 5:00 pm. There will be short breaks in the morning and afternoon sessions and a lunch break of around 50 minutes.

Laptops

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop and to be possibly prepared to share your workspace with others. It will be useful if you have Microsoft Excel and a pdf reader installed. No other technical prerequisites exist. Power points will be available for charging.

Refreshments

Drinks/refreshments are typically available on arrival. Lunch is not provided but the venue will be located with convenient access to nearby facilities.

Student cancellations

100% refunds are offered for student cancellations UNLESS the event is less than 20 days away in which case a 50% refund will be offered. If you wish to transfer your booking to another delegate, that is fine, but please inform us if this situation arises.

Event cancellations

In the rare event that a training course has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances you will be offered a 100% refund. Refunds will be limited to registration costs: 5W Infographic LLC is not liable for any other costs incurred, such as travel or accommodation costs.

Do you have questions about this workshop?
Contact us at academy@5w-consulting.com

About 5W Academy

5w academy aims to be at the center of a discussion that helps elevate the quality of the craft and its integrity by developing useful education programs, workshops and conferences for all those interested in this exciting field. We have over 15 years of experience helping people and companies to communicate better. Let us know how we can help you.

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