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Data Visualisation Training

Exponential advances in technology have provided us with ubiquitous means for creating, recording and mobilising incredible amounts of data. Where once data was scarce, now it is captured in abundance. Our attitudes as consumers have also evolved. We demand transparency and openness and yearn for insight and understanding through compelling visuals.

Whilst we have access to fantastic tools and widespread capabilities for data handling and analysis, the techniques required to most effectively display and communicate data are somewhat neglected. In a cluttered and competitive world, a design approach based on instinct or personal taste is no longer sufficient to cope with, let alone exploit, the fantastic opportunities our data repositories present us with.

This is where data visualisation comes in. Data visualisation is both an art and a science. It is an art concerned with unleashing creativity and innovation, designing communications that appeal on an aesthetic level and survive in the mind on an emotional one. It is a science aimed at understanding and exploiting the way our eyes and brains process information most efficiently, effectively and accurately.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Regardless of the type of format of training, all workshops share the aim of providing delegates with an accessible and comprehensive understanding of data visualisation: the art of communicating data visually. There are four over-riding learning objectives for these workshops, regardless of size and format:

  • To challenge your existing thinking about creating and consuming visualisation works, refining the clarity of your convictions about effective visualisation design.
  • To equip you with an appreciation of all the analytical and design choices available across the creative workflow: the options that exist and what decisions to take.
  • To provide an opportunity to practice by undertaking focused activities at each stage of the creative workflow, applying and cementing the learning at each stage.
  • To inspire you by broadening your visual vocabulary, by exposing you to the latest techniques and contemporary resources, and by giving you the confidence to enhance your data visualisation capabilities.

TOPICS COVERED

The focus for all workshops is to impart the craft of this discipline, helping delegates to know what to think, when to think about and how to resolve all the analytical and design decisions involved in any data-driven challenge.

The breadth and depth of content will vary depending on the type and format of workshop, as will the range of practical exercises, but the topics that are generally always covered across all event types include:

  • Defining data visualisation and other related design activities
  • Overview of a process-driven approach for efficiency and effectiveness
  • The key principles of good data visualisation design
  • The role of consuming and creating in sophisticated visualisation literacy
  • The influence of contextual requirements and circumstances
  • Understanding the ingredients of the 7-hats of visualisation
  • Profile of some of the key visualisation tools, applications and libraries
  • Overview of useful tutorials using the ‘chartmaker directory’
  • A landscape of contemporary techniques and styles of visualisation work
  • Assessing the physicality and meaning of your data
  • Using visual techniques to explore data
  • The components of editorial thinking
  • The data visualisation design anatomy
  • The building blocks of data encoding
  • The spectrum of different chart types and their roles
  • The features and role of interactivity in visualisation design
  • The role of effective annotation for assistance and insight
  • Colour theories and best practice applications
  • The architectural considerations for composing a visualisation work

These workshops are designed to be technology neutral, they are not focused on or based around any specific tool or programme. However, there will typically be a section providing an overview of some of the most essential and common visualisation tools currently in the market. All materials will be issued digitally on USB memory sticks containing all training content, exercise files and a range of useful references. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops to use as a workspace for the session. The only software requirements are Excel, a browser and a pdf reader. No other technical prerequisites exist.

TRAINING TYPES

PRIVATE: Private training events represent the most popular training type. Visualisation training can be delivered on-site for client organisations in the most convenient corporate locations and at the most convenient times. Clients will generally be responsible for arranging the venue for the training and curating the delegates in attendance. If your organisation is interested in hosting a private training event, please complete the form on the 'Training Request' tab or send an enquiry email to Andy Kirk to discuss your requirements.

HOSTED: Hosted events are special workshops where an organisation may host and organise a training event, delivered by Andy Kirk, but with attendance open to public delegates or select groups of attendees, for example, people who have registered to attend an associated conference event. Typically, an arrangement will be made with the organiser to agree a flat rate fee or a proportional share of the revenue generated.

PUBLIC: Public workshops have been delivered all over the world and are always influenced by the levels of interest expressed by people requesting a location to be added to the schedule. The current upcoming public events are listed below. If your prefered location is not presented, and you are interested in attending a public training workshop in a city near you, please complete the form on the 'Training Request' tab. Once sufficient levels of interest are expressed for a given location every effort will be made to schedule an event.

ONLINE 23 SEP 2019 Sage Campus: Introduction to Data Visualisation Next 3-monthly cohort
LONDON (2 days) 08-09 OCT 2019 Data Visualisation Training (2-day) | LONDON 3 places left
ROME (2 days) 30-31 OCT 2019 Data Visualisation Training (2-day) | ROME Organised by 'Technology Transfer'
UTRECHT (2 days) 27-28 NOV 2019 Graphical Literacy (2-day) | UTRECHT Organised by 'Graphic Hunters'
LONDON (2 days) 02-03 DEC 2019 Data Visualisation Training (2-day) | LONDON New event!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

These workshops are for anyone looking to develop their competence and confidence with making sense of and communicating data. With nearly 6000 people having attended these training events since 2011, the spread of characteristics shows they are relevant to people from all backgrounds: all duties, all skills, and all organisation types.

You might be an analyst, statistician, or researcher looking to enhance your data capabilities. Perhaps you’re a skilled designer or developer looking to take your portfolio of work into a more data-driven direction. Maybe you do not personally get involved in the analysis or visualisation of data but coordinate others who do. You might be a frequent consumer of data visualisations looking to increase the sophistication of how you read, interpret and evaluate the effectiveness of such designs. These events are intended for all audience types and levels.

Attendees from Utrecht

The most critical attribute is that you have an inherent curiosity, an instinct for discovering and sharing insights from data, and an interest in approaching your data visualisation work with a fresh perspective. You should have a willingness to contribute to discussions during exercise activities and do so in a respectful and constructive manner.

TRAINING FORMATS

The key characteristic that shapes the difference in training types is simply the duration and the greater depth of coverage this offers. I do not consider the workshops to be defined by 'level' - basic, intermediate or advanced - it is more about the amount of detail we can cover in the time available.

Half-Day Training One-Day Training Two-Day Training

HALF DAY An interactive workshop that covers the essentials of data visualisation design. The session is structured around a proven design methodology, providing delegates with a wide variety of ideas, practical resources and inspiration. Recommended max class size of 40. Overview and agenda.

1 DAY A one-day workshop explores the key aspects of data visualisation design covering the main critical thinking involved across the design creation process. Recommended max class size of 30. Overview and agenda.

2 DAYS Similar in structure to the one-day workshop, the two-day format simply provides more time to cover the required breadth and depth of this subject, with a greater number of practical exercises and an opportunity to work on practical challenges in more detail. Recommended max class size of 30. Overview and agenda.

Class sizes are generally kept to maximum of about 30 and minimum around 8, depending on venue size, to help balance a supportive learning environment with opportunities for one-to-one instruction as well as group interactions and activities.

TRAINER

All training workshops are delivered by Andy Kirk on behalf of Visualising Data Ltd. Andy is one of the most experienced, prolific and in-demand data visualisation professionals offering training in this subject. You can read more about Andy’s work and background in the 'About' page.

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Testimonials

Here is a selection of recent testimonials kindly submitted by delegates who have attended a mixture of public and private training events.


INFORMATIVE, INSPIRING, CHALLENGING

Shakes up your thinking, makes you dive deeper and questions assumptions. - Kate Jarvis, Designer, T. Rowe Price (2018)


LEFT WANTING MORE!

Before Andy's course I've never been too attracted to data visualisation, but now I can't get enough of it! This course is perfect for any expertise level or profession. Really so impressed with how much I learnt in two days! - Warren Aspeling, Lead Digital Designer, Portland PR (2018)


INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE

Have more knowledge to allow myself to show data in a more interesting and insightful way, to help councillors and colleagues in the decision making process for the good of the district. - Simon Purfield, Performance, Consultation & Insight Manager, Stratford-on-Avon District Council (2019)


INFORMATIVE AND FUN!

I gained new insights for how to use data visualization as a tool in my qualitative research. The structure of the workshop was excellent - I really enjoyed the mix of lecturing and group exercises that put that knowledge to practice. - Robin Steedman, Postdoctoral researcher (2018)


INFORMATIVE COMPREHENSIVE INTERESTING

I work for a data and analytics company and it was interesting to hear about all the sorts of visualisations. Found it really interesting to listen to (and a bit hard to put into practice) - Marysia, UX designer at RBI (2018)


CAPTIVATING, INTERACTIVE AND VISUAL.

From start to finish the event told a story. I learnt firstly to establish the curiosity of a piece of information and that there is far more to data visualisation than it's aesthetic appeal. Sometimes too much really is too much! - Laura Lucking, Client Service Co-ordinator (2019)


ENGAGING AND CHALLENGING

This course was very easy to follow and really challenged some pre-conceived ideas I had. It was good to have such an engaging course leader who really cares about the subject. It was also a great intro to what visualisation tools are out there which you don't always get time to research in the busy day-to-day of working in the NHS. - Laura Corbett, Principal Information Analyst, NHS Digital (2018)


VERY VERY GOOD

Really inspiring event. - Tom Clarke, Systems Specialist (2018)


DETAILS MATTER

Nice explanation on how to build a visual in different steps - good mix of theory and practise - Bruno De Kneef, Business Analyst - Data & Analytics (2019)


INFORMATIVE, CRITICAL AND FUN

The ability to apply editorial aspects to data vis will help develop my skills for years to come. - Scott Bell, Data Scientist (2017)


EYES&BRAIN OPENED WIDE

Fantastic dive into the critical thinking, skills and techniques required to create engaging, impactful, and informative data visualisations - Rhona MacLennan, Enterprise Information Architect (2017)


THOUGHT-PROVOKING

The course really allowed me to re-think how we deliver our current data to customers and how this can be improved on. I left with a new confidence to try new/different visuals for the data I use on a daily basis. - Lucy Tiffany, Lead Business Information Analyst, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (2018)


FANTASTIC

Lots and lots of good concepts we can integrate in out daily work. Very helpful indeed! - Greg, Project Manager (2018)


VERY WELL STRUCTURED

I will now be more efficient at planning, managing and designing visualisations. - Kyle Hooper, Data and Analytics Graduate (Dyson) (2019)


INFORMATIVE AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

Andy knows his stuff, and the workshop provided lots of opportunity to think about the process underpinning data visualisation, and a toolkit of resources to help me pick my tools and charts wisely depending on the task in hand. - Helen Cooper, Director (2018)


FILLED (IN) THE GAPS.

The event filled in the gaps for me. As a designer/developer I have the skills to build data visualisations, but I always wanted a better understanding of why. Which charts to use, why and when. The benefits depending of the type of data and the message/story from the data that you are communicating to the viewer. All these questions were answered through informative explanations, discussion and hands on tasks. Cheers Andy! - Corey Benson, Digital Designer/Developer (Freelance) (2018)


INFORMATIVE, INTERACTIVE, (I)NJOYABLE*

Thoroughly enjoyable and informative course that challenges the way you approach and think about data visualisations. Would definitely recommend for anyone whose role involves the design or ownership of data visualisations. - Steven Tran, BI Analyst, ZPG (2018)


LOTS OF VALUE

Great coverage and immediately useful stuff. It is from the very beginning that Andy has a deep and broad knowledge of his subject. - Claire Agnew, Experience Designer (2017)


AWESOME FULL PROFESSIONALISM

I got to refresh my thinking about data visualisation totally. Andy truly shares his knowledge. - Niina Kalliainen, visual specialist (2019)


THANK YOU!

The workshop is focused on a way of thinking, which makes it valuable also for us who do not work with Excel spreadsheets but still want to use visualisation to get our message across. I loved the exercises that were spread across the day, they really got your brain going and spawned eager talks with fellow workshoppers. Extra points for amazingly smooth delivery and dry humour. - Marja Ollila, translator and editor (2019)


INTERESTING CLEAR NECESSARY

I use on daily basis graphics to show information to various audience. This course was a very nice summary on techniques to use to be able to go (like with words) straight to the point. (a graphic is better than a long speech). To talk and to summarize a complex situtation with an easier and understanding graphic. - Nahoé Yves, Financial Analyst (2019)


THINK MEANINGFULLY

Makes you more subjective of every aspect of the data you present, and data presented to you. Often less is more. - Dan, Analyst (2018)


IT'S A RECIPE!

I got instructions for making a meal out of the ingredients. Before I more or less just tried to select appropriate chart types but now I will reserve more time for the thought processes that come before even diving in with the data. Also, there are apparently a lot of decisions I have made without even realising. Every decision I make I have to be able to explain. In short, I got more awareness for the cooking :) - Hanna Kumpula, Project engineer (Data designer) (2019)


ENLIGTHENING, ENGAGING & EFFECTIVE

I got much clarity and increased awareness about the number of choices I have to make to communicate effectively and guidance on how to think. All in an engaging and effective package of two days. As I return to work I have a couple of drafts and new ideas that I plan to complete very soon. I have also increased my vocabulary with terms such as ‘dendrogram’ and ‘sankey diagram’, which surely must come in handy sometime! - Olivia Setkic, Policy Specialist (2018)


INSIGHTFUL VISUALIZATION TRAINING

Good overview of what works and what does not, what to pay attention to and what are the tools available. - Marju , Business analyst (2019)


DIDACTIC AND INSIGHTFUL

Lots of examples and tools to build effective and understable graphs, tables, ... and make your message more impactful - Alexis, Financial Business Analyst, SWIFT (2019)


INSIGHTFUL AND INFORMATIVE

Was good to be in a room with lots of smart people. I found all of the activities and tasks engaging. - Paul Large, Operations and Systems Specialist, BDA Partners (2018)


EYE-CATCHING INSIGHTS

Very useful insights on how to optimally focus the eyes of your audience on the data you present - Etienne GILBERT, Data Governance Lead (2019)


INCREDIBLE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

An amazing theoretical and practical workshop held by a talented and knowledgable designer working within the industry. I went in with a little bit of knowledge of the subject beforehand and gained a much deeper insight I can take forward into my role. This two-day workshop is brilliant for people of all levels! - Rehan Abdul, Information Designer (2018)


FRIENDLY COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW

I used this event to test my current knowledge against the contents of the course to see where I stand in the level. Also, it was useful to get in contact with other people in the field. As I work rather alone, it was stimulating to come in contact with like-minded people. I would recommend, not only for the contents being absolutely a must to know, but also for the comfortability of being teached in a down-to -Earth matter-of fact way. - Nuria Altimir, Research Coordinator/visualizer, University of Helsinki (2019)


RELEVANT AND PUNCHY

A thoughtfully constructed session delivering concrete examples of good practice for Data Visualisation techniques - Jo McSweeney, Higher Information Analys (2018)


AWESOMENESS ❤️

I was struggling to make good data visualizations to present a comprehensive report of antibiotic resistance genes analysis for my clients at Resistomap. After attended the event, I got a lot of ideas :) and I have better understanding on how to handle the data... Highly recommended event also for a startup company if you want to have good data visualization as your product/service ;) - Windi Muziasari, CEO, Resistomap oy (2019)


SUPERB

smart, enjoyable... - Fabian, Boss (2018)


EXCELLENT INFORMATIVE & INTERESTING

This course helped me to realise what i was doing right and highlight where i was going wrong, all done in a positive way with good interactive exercises and interesting dialogue - James Allan, BI Developer (Qlikview) Uni of Glasgow (2017)


INSIGHTFUL, COMPREHENSIVE, ENTERTAINING

After reading more than 30 books about data visualization in the recent years (I just checked in GoodReads :-)) and putting this knowledge into practice I didn't learn anything specifically new. For me, the most interesting was to know your approach to data viz. I liked, for example, when you said there is no good and wrong. I also liked your way to criticize the work that I would just label "crap". I missed more interaction with you. Since I consider myself to have the basic knowledge I would have liked to discuss even more the ideas you were presenting. I understand this is so difficult when you have to cover so much in one day. Maybe I am asking too much because we actually had very interesting exercises. I liked when you let us discuss in pairs or groups. I would definitely recommend your workshop because you get a lot of knowledge in such a short time and because you do it in an interactive way (even though I would have liked even more). - Manuel Frias, Project manager, HELCOM (2019)


CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING, INFORMATIVE, SIGNPOSTING

I'll definitely start using data visualisation more (and in a better way) in my work thanks to the course. Enjoyed the mix of lecture-style versus practical activities. Catch you soon for that brew Andy, I've got a client in Leeds so popping across on and off. - Marge Ainsley, Freelance Consultant (2019)


AMAZING WORKSHOP AND TRAINER

Definitely a training that you can apply the knowledge straight away, so the ROI (return on investment) is immediate. High value-added content, resources and methodology (hidden & design thinking) - Sibila Kraft, Operations Director of Grow Learning (2018)


INTENSE, ENGAGING, FUN

Fun and engaging workshop giving delegates a huge amount of information about data visualization, management and design. - Lucas Ribeiro de Almeida, Brand Manager, Credo Wealth (2018)


VERY COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW

I was able to get a full overview of the different types of data visulaization depends on each case every time. The exercises were very targeted and I recommend it to any other team that would like to have insights on this topic. - Georgios Daniil, Financial Analyst - SWIFT (2019)


READY TO VISUALISE!

Great overview of the different aspects of design and various chart families. Met some lovely people too. - Melanie, Communication Officer, The University of Queensland (2017)


COMPREHENSIVE AND RELEVANT

Excellent demonstration the vast range of datavis options, how to use them and where to find them. - Catherine Hanrahan, Journalist (2017)


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED COURSE

The course was a well judged overview of data visualisation, consisting of a good balance between lectured material, practical exercises and group discussions. The workshop assumes no prior knowledge of any software or coding languages and focuses more on the principles underpinning each element of designing clear and effective visualisations. Of particular note is hearing someone like Andy comment on all the elements within a given good/bad piece of data visualisation, which really gives an appreciation of all the small things that add up to make a great graphic. - OJ Watson, PhD Student (2018)


A LOT OF

good connection and a lot of exciting suggestions - Marco Volpe, CGO Edita (2019)


GIVES ME IDEAS!

The event was valuable to me as I feel like I will be able to challenge how we currently visualisae data and recommend better ways. I like how it brings structure to what we do moving from blank sheet to visualisation, it really reosnates. Thanks so much! - David Goswell, Senior Information Analyst (2018)


INFORMATIVE, THOUGHT-PROVOKING FUN

Opened my eyes to what should be considered but also how to illustrate and convey data. Just producing a new chat because it's funky is pointless if the message gets lost. By giving you a set of rules and tests to apply you will find yourself producing clearer, more impactful stories - Martin Radford, Senior Partner, Ebiquity (2018)


DIFFERENT PERCEPTION INFOGRAPHICS

This workshop was interesting for me and the place where I work. I learned to see the infographics in a different way, in the way of thinking, to organize the information and to show the public in a simple, elegant and easy to interpret way. I advise this workshop for a new vision of how to treat information and organize in an efficient way. - Marisa Rodrigues, Science Communicator - Portugal (2018)


INSIGHTFUL LEARNING

I loved it! A fantastic blend of learning and collaboration. I have passed on the details to several of my colleagues in case they want to book on to any future events. - James Atherton, Observe Product Manager (SISRA) (2019)


INTERESTING, EXCITING, ENGAGING!

The slides and other resources will be very helpful in the future - definitely not one of those courses where it all appears good while you're there but afterwards you can't make head nor tail of what you're supposed to do with the notes. - Lauren Rogers, Sensory Science Consultant (2018)


INSPIRATIONAL AND FUN

Insightful, great examples, great to learn what programs do what - Jesmond Goodliff, Higher Informational Analyst (2018)


VERY INFORMATIVE

I found this to be a very informative workshop and would definitely recommend it to anybody who works with or has an interest in data and data visualisation. - Rick Craven, Senior Information Analyst - NHS Stockport CCG (2018)


TIME WELL SPENT!

Excellent overview of key concepts of data viz brought to life with rich, useful, and practical examples which you can apply in the workplace. Good quality resources and links to other resources mean lots of value to take from the day. - Jon Adamson, Better Care Together Performance Analyst (NHS) (2018)


ENGAGING, INSIGHTFUL, ENJOYABLE

Really interesting workshop. Learnt a lot from a presenter who knows his stuff and used relatable real world examples the principles of which can be used for any subject matter. - Ross Ambler, Information Analyst, NHS Digital (2018)


WELL WORTH IT!

Really interesting and thought provoking day. The session covered a lot of material and aspects, and as such was suitable for the different roles and responsibilities of attendees, ranging from the designing itself to how to comment and improve on visual data (as a manager). In practical terms, planning and categorising data can help shape decisions in how to display it, is my main takeaway. Apart from that, the presentations were engaging and covered a range of themes and interesting topics. - David Kane, Assistant Economist, Food Standards Agency (2019)


INTERESTING, INFORMATIVE, FUN!

Understanding of ideas how to visualise data - Natalie, Analyst (2017)


WHAT A PRO!

One of the best structured trainings I have ever been to! Perfectly presented with a touch of humour and real practical value. Andy Kirk is a true pro! - Maarja Kaljulaid, Business System Analyst, Avalanche Laboratory (2018)


INFORMATIVE AND THOUGHT PROVOKING

Really useful event with lots of details and insights and great to work with others in the field - Amy Pearson, Volunteer Recruitment and Communications officer, Chance UK (2018)


INFORMATIVE. USEFUL. FUN.

Really clarified the role of good visualisation when handling data. Plus I came away with a load of practical 'stuff' - bank of chart types, list of tools, etc which pretty much made it worth the money alone. - Adam Pearson, Freelance market research consultant (2019)


INTERESTING INFORMATIVE INSIGHTFUL

The value of this course is great! I learnt some useful tips to think about when creating in visualisation and I would recommend to others. - Anna Mackinnon, Statistician (Scottish Government) (2017)


INFORMATIVE, BROAD & APPLIED

I got a good overview of that visualisation tools are out there, alongside useful exercises. Made me want to get out of my comfort zone and explore these things more on my own. - Caterina Constantinescu, Data Scientist, The Data Lab (2017)


LEAVE WELL INFORMED

The frameworks shared we very helpful. I haven't seen those in any other workshop. - Robert Crocker, Founder (2017)


DELIVERED WITH APLOMB

Andy comes with an awesome reputation, so naturally I was excited to learn from one of the best. This session was everything I had hoped for. It covered the whole process of data visualisation, but didn't seem rushed and each section was given the appropriate amount of time. I found it mostly reaffirming of what I already knew, but also assuring that it covered elements I sometime miss. The gifs in the slides, were also a really nice touch! The group sessions were well designed and really provoked debate and discussion. - Samuel Parsons, Senior Data Visualisation Developer | Dyson (2019)


INTERESTING AND USEFUL

helps you to see different angles and perspectives - Shin, Sye Keen, Business Analyst (2019)


JUST GREAT!

The workshop is excellent! Great introduction to the field but also in-depth analyses of different techniques. It is amazing that Andy manage to deliver all this in just one-day-workshop. I really recommend you to attend this workshop. - Andreas Dahlin, Founder of Visualize your Science (2019)


INFORMATIVE, VARIED, INSPIRING

Its rare that a lecture based event can hold my attention for 3+ hours but this one managed it easily. Very interesting and provided lots of ideas to use in my work. (PS. apologies for the whale pun....) - Andy Gallon, Information Analyst (2018)


INSIGHTFUL

It is a great workshop to start wrapping data representation and editorial thinking around your head while it reveals to you different secrets of the trade and paths to take in order to achieve greatness. - Liviu Moroianu, Data & Reporting Specialist / Excel artist (2017)


INFORMATIVE, SEAMLESSLY DELIVERED

the links to supporting materials on the website were really good, and lots of useful hints and tips - Barbara Evans, Data Analyst (2018)


ENGAGING INFORMATIVE BRILLIANT

Andy is such an engaging speaker and really makes the topic accessible to all. He teaches you how to think flexibly and I have taken away so much in terms of how we can develop content in the future - Nick Trew, Business Intelligence Manager, Dyson (2019)


BEAUTY OF DATA

Being a more technical person with regards to data, presenting data and making it more understandable to the end user is a skill I needed more development in. This course really helped to bring together some of the 'soft skills of data analytics' with my technical knowledge in ways that I will certainly be considering and implementing in my projects. - Alister Hill, Business Intelligence Project Manager (2019)


RETHINK DATA VIZUALIZATION

This workshop teaches you how to approach data visualization. It is more about the thought process which goes into various aspects of data visualization. I would recommend it to others simply because of how inspired I felt after leaving the event. There is something there for anyone interested in keeping up to date with data visualization trends. - Adrian Nanty, Director Strategic Planning and Market Intelligence (Seychelles Tourism Board (2019)


GREAT, LIGHT AND COMPLETE

Indispensable training to get an understand of data (how to analyse, how to communicate, etc.). Useful for any software! - Rudy, Business Analyst (2019)


VERY WELL EXPLAINED

Having done data visualisation for a few years and attended many workshops, a fair proportion of this was familiar to me. However, I have not attended a session that was quite so well explained, smoothly presented and fun as this. I'd say that if anyone is new to data visualisation/presentation, this would be the best way to spend an afternoon. - Robin Jahdi, Senior information analyst, NHS Digital (2018)


NICE, USEFUL, FUN

I will definitely use many of the tips learned in the training to improve my data visualisation - Carlos Asenjo, Evaluation Officer, IEU, UNODC (2017)


CAREER ALTERING EXPERIENCE

Acquiring the skill of visually translating academic content is the future. - Neval Grazette, Ph.D. Student- Nottingham Trent University (2018)


VERY INSIGHTFUL!

The course covers data visualisations with tremendous thought, and would be beneficial to anybody, regardless of their familiarity with topic. Andy is an excellent guide, ensuring the course was both insightful and light-hearted. - Krishan Gopaul, Data Manager (2018)


ABSORBING

Great introduction for anyone interested in Data Visualisation - David Alderton, Programme Director, UCL SoM (2019)


FASCINATING, INTRIGUING, INSIGHTFUL

The entire day was engaging and very informative. Andy is a gifted speaker and his passion for data visualisation persuades you to delve deeper within the subject. Practical exercises throughout the day enable you to develop your own understanding and thirst for what is possible. - Tom Rowe, Marketing Executive (2018)


BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER!

Most of the concepts Andy covered in the session were not new to me as a I am keen self-learner, however, the session really brought all of them together in a nice logical flow. Andy's passion and knowledge of the subject definitely provided some key personal breakthroughs which are just invaluable. The use of group exercises throughout the session helped not to only "talk about the point" but also "experience and live" the examples which really helped facilitate a deeper understanding. Highly recommended, even for someone who thinks they know about data visualization best practices! - Vera Shkatova, BI Analyst, Ultimate Finance (2017)


USEFUL AND ENGAGING

Extremely useful and comprehensive, I will use these resources a lot for expanding our visualisation capabilities and for wider team upskilling. Would highly recommend this to data, analytics and strategy professionals. - Samana Malik, Insights & Strategy Manager, Cheil UK (Samsung) (2019)


COMPREHENSIVE DETAILED COURSE

The course as really detailed, building on each section of work, and extending our knowledge - really great foundation for further experimentation - Lorna Richardson , Research fellow (2018)


SIMPLIFYING THE COMPLEX

Andy's sharing of simplified observations of his considerable experience helped to turn my hunches into concepts I can action with more confidence e.g. the 4 step process (brief, data, editorial and design). Thanks! - Stuart Hodgson, Senior Insight Analyst (2019)


VERY THOUGHT-PROVOKING

Will definitely be implementing some of the techniques when I get back to the office - Robbie, Head of BI (2017)


INFORMATIVE, INTERESTING, USEFUL

good for learning the basics of creating good visuals and the process of it. - Briana Romero, service designer, Intergalactico studio for Nordcloud (2019)


WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!

I gained such a deeper understanding of this craft. Thought provoking, enlightening and insightful. The event really made me think outside the norm and appreciate the complexities and the flexibility of data visualisation. I would recommend to anyone who wants to see continuous improvement within their visualisation. Absolutely recommend. - Claire Bradshaw, HMRC Senior Analyst (2018)


INSIGHTFUL INSPIRING FUN

The Course stimulated my thinking and really challenged me to think of presenting data in a more interesting and dynamic way - Cordilia Clarke, Performance Analyst, London Borough of Lambeth (2018)


SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Everyone, no matter their role, field or skills can take something away from this course. Andy presents ideas and encourages conceptual and lateral thinking which can help people in any industry boost the impact of their deliverables. - Emma, Management Consultant (2017)


VERY USEFUL WORKSHOP

Really gets you thinking about how to present your data, what's available in data visualisation and an initial look into how best to use it. Good examples, critiques and exercises. - Matt Curley, Senior Information Analyst, NHS Digital (2018)


INTERESTING, GOOD SPEAKER

The course provided information of all aspects of data visualization it was well structured, included short exercises in a group, which helped to apply the information we learnt right away. Full of useful tips and remarks. - Paulina, Financial Risk Modeller Trainee, SCOR (2018)


AN ENLIGHTENING EXPEARIANCE

The days were very well organised and delivered by someone who is energetic and passionate about the subject matter. Lots to take away and start applying my role. - Niall O'Toole, Technology solutions manager, IRCP (2018)


ENLIGHTENING WORTHWHILE EXPERIENCE

Gave me great insights into what I need to develop a dashboard and how best to present it to the customer. - Dilesh Makwana, Lead DWH / BI Developer (2018)


DATA VISUALIZATION BOOST

Andy Kirk is a great trainer — very professional, relaxed, amazing story-teller. During the training we worked in teams, doing small related tasks and gradually building up for the bigger assignment. Overall it was a very insightful, fun and inspiring experience! - Katerina Gavrilo, UX designer (2018)


FANTASTICALLY ENLIGHTENING COURSE

A thoroughly enjoyable course which helps alter your perceptions of data visualization and moulds your understanding to help build better products. Brilliant mix of theoretical and practical knowledge which can take you through all the steps required to make a first class product. - Alistair Ross, Senior Reporting Analyst (2018)


AN ENGAGING-PRACTICAL-FUN WORKSHOP

A detailed understanding of different aspects for data analytics and visualisation design work, along with practical exercises and examples for implementing and applying these ideas. - Yuqian Zhang, Visual Designer (Quantumblack Analytics) (2018)


AMAZING, IN DEPTH

Great in depth course. Highly recommended to other - Alana Pirrone, Design and Communications Officer, Melbourne University (2017)


BRILLIANT, INFORMATIVE, ENJOYABLE

The training course gave me a greater understanding of the whole data visualisation process. I was able to get a better idea of the process of collecting data and to identify how differently it could be presented to others. This has given us more insight into how we should work in our organisation with data which is why I would highly recommend it. - Chris Welch, Senior Designer, Crisis (2017)


CRACKING INTRODUCTION

I REALLY enjoyed this workshop, learnt a lot but am very enthused to learn more! I wish it had been longer. Andy is a highly engaging and knowledgeable guide. - Danny Morland, Consultant Anaesthetist (2018)


GREAT FOR PROCESS

Very useful guidance on design process - Peter Catt, Director (2017)


INFORMATIVE AND ENGAGING

Andy has the great ability to turn what is a fairly heavy subject in to a informative, engaging and fun experience - John Gage, Data and Insights Team Manager - McCurrach Technology (2017)


INTERESTING, INFORMATIVE, INSPIRING

Working a lot with data I know how important it is to make it easy and engaging when presenting this back. The event was extremely helpful in suggesting ideas and practical steps to consider. I will definitely be using my learning in my day job, something that is not always easy to say after attending sessions. - Tim Sands, Deputy Programme Manager (2018)


INFORMATIVE VISUAL INTRIGUING

Gives a wide overview of visual practices as well as the awareness of different visual techniques - Fred, Data Analyst, Dyson (2019)


INSIGHTFUL INFORMATIVE INTERESTING

Range tools, techniques and methodologies - Justine , Workforce analytics leader (2019)


EXCELLENT PRIMER

A really engaging two day training focused on forming a solid approach to visualising information, covering editorial consideration, data cleaning, and analysis rather than software and tooling. - Sam Humphrey, Product Designer, The App Business (2019)


INSPIRING AND CHALLENGING

Lots of great content and ideas about looking at and presenting data in different ways. Hopefully attending this training will transform the ways in which I present data. - Jim Devereux, Team Manager: Evaluation and Support Services, Addaction (2018)


CHANGED MY PERCEPTIONS

At a time when the college is striving to raise the importance of data to inform business decisions, this workshop has provided valuable insights on how to deliver key messages in new ways to staff. The traditional perception of how data is viewed in the college can now be challenged due to insights on the different, visually appealing ways we can not attempt to portray data to staff who need to make business decisions. - David McLaren , Business Systems Reporting Manager; Fife College (2018)


DV FOR ALL

Well-structured pace switching between presentation and hands-on exercises; mindful & considered & delivery; varied, engaging and relevant content; covers in depth all essential elements of good data & design; excellent grounding for all roles that work with data - Amber McClean, Director, The Data Deli Ltd (2018)


THOUGHT-PROVOKING SESSION!

Encouraged me to think more about how data is presented and how it may be skewed to provoke certain responses in people. Very informative and useful! - Nia Jackson-Owens, Office Administartion, St. Augustine's Centre (2018)


INSIGHTFUL AND NOVEL

Good ideas and approach - Alex, Information Analyst (2018)


INFORMATIVE, PUNCHY, EDUCATIONAL

Very enjoyable way of learning - CT, Analyst (2018)

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