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Design Principles for Data Visualization - Session 2

Design Principles for Data Visualization - Session 2 Online

Session 2: Tools & resources for data visualization

This session is the second in a 2-part workshop, Design Principles for Data Visualization.

Session 1: u.mcmaster.ca/data-viz1

Hosted by Juan Velasco, a visual journalist with a long career focused on visualizing complex research and scientific information, this session will help participants understand why design is an important part of data visualization. It will also introduce important visual perception principles that should inform data visualization design.

This is a FREE immersive workshop, which will require active participation from attendees. 

Key topics from the workshop include:

  • Why data visualization design matters
  • Visual perception principles
  • Design principles
  • Writing for clarity and insight
  • Tools beyond the classic graphs and charts 

This session is PART 2 from the series. This session will entail reviewing the independent components assigned to participants during session 1. 

REGISTER FOR SESSION 1 HERE: u.mcmaster.ca/data-viz1

Participants will have access to a video and exercises to practice applying their design skills, including the option of using Tableau, Datawrapper or Flourish to create a visualization of their own. In this session, Juan Velasco will review participants’ data visualizations to provide feedback on their design choices. Then, he will provide an overview of various tools and resources that are available for data visualization without programming, such as Excel, Illustrator, Tableau, Flourish, and Datawrapper. The session will conclude with questions and answers, and a review of resources available (stock art, articles, books, blogs and websites) for those interested in expanding their knowledge.

Juan Velasco is a visual journalist with a long career focused on visualizing complex research and scientific information to make it understandable and engaging for large audiences. He was the Art Director of National Geographic magazine from 2005 to 2014, and the Graphics Art Director of The New York Times from 1996 to 2001.

In 2001 he founded his own company, 5W Infographics (based in Washington DC, New York City and Madrid) which provides graphics, data visualization, motion graphics, and information design training and consulting for organizations all over the world.



CRESS and the Sherman Centre are committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for its presenters and participants. As a participant in this session, you agree to support and help cultivate an experience that is collaborative, respectful, and inclusive, as well as free of harassment, discrimination, and oppression. We reserve the right to remove participants who exhibit harassing, malicious or persistently disruptive behaviour. Please refer to our code of conduct webpage for more information.

Friday, March 12, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Registration is required. There are 0 seats available.

Event Organizer

Supriya Thukral

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