Affecto is pleased to once again host the world’s foremost thought leader in Data Visualization. Stephen Few will, at the former Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, take you through a three day workshop based on his bestseller books
Stephen Few founded Perceptual Edge in 2003. With 30 years of experience as an innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of business intelligence and information design, Stephen is now a leading expert in data visualization for sensemaking and communication. Stephen writes the quarterly Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter, speaks and teaches internationally, and provides consulting services. In 2004, he wrote the first comprehensive and practical guide to business graphics entitled Show Me the Numbers, now in its second edition. In 2006, he wrote the first and only guide to the visual design of dashboards, entitled Information Dashboard Design, also now in its second edition. In 2009, he wrote the first introduction for non-statisticians to visual data analysis, entitled Now You See It. In 2015, recognizing that most data analysts waste a great deal of time monitoring and examining data that doesn’t matter, he wrote Signal to help them separate signals from the noise using both conventional and enhanced methods of statistical process control.
No information is more important to most organizations than quantitative information—numbers that measure performance, identify opportunities, and predict the future. Most quantitative information is presented in tables and graphs. Unfortunately, most tables and graphs produced in organizations today are poorly designed—often to the point of misinformation. Why? Because almost no one who produces them, including specialists such as financial analysts and business intelligence professionals, have been trained in effective table and graph design. You can become an exception to this norm.
The ability to present quantitative information effectively is not intuitive; it requires visual communication skills that must be learned. Based on the book Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten by Stephen Few, this course provides an in-depth introduction to the best practices of quantitative data presentation.
This course alleviates countless hours of confusion and frustration. Following Stephen Few’s clear precepts, communicated through examples of what works, what doesn’t, and explanations of why, you will learn to design tables and graphs that present data clearly and drive your message home. This two-day version of the course differs from the previous one-day version in part by including more content (for example, more information about table design), but mostly by adding many more group exercises and extended discussions to drive the principles home and build a firmer foundation for the development of expertise. You will leave this course having developed table and graph design skills that will stick with you and add immediate value to your work.
You will learn to:
- Match your message to the right type of display
- Design tables and graphs to communicate information simply, clearly, and accurately
Days 1-2 will cover:
- The current state and challenges of quantitative data presentation
- Introduction to table and graph design
- Fundamental challenges of data presentation
- Key characteristics of quantitative information
- Differing characteristics and uses of tables and graphs
- Eight common quantitative relationships featured in graphs
- Steps in the visual design process
- Table design
- Graph design
- Visual objects used to encode values in graphs, and the best uses of each
- Matching the right visual encoding objects to the eight fundamental quantitative relationships in graphs
- Graph design at the component level
Dashboards have become a popular means to present critical business information at a glance, but few do so effectively. Huge investments are made in Information Technology to produce actionable information, only to have it robbed of meaning at the very last stage of the process: the presentation of insights to those responsible for making decisions. When designed well, dashboards engage the power of visual perception to communicate a dense collection of information in an instant with exceptional clarity. This can only be achieved, however, by applying visual design skills that address the unique design challenges of dashboards. These skills are not intuitive; they must be learned.
Stephen Few, a leader in the field of data visualization and author of Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring, Second Edition (2013), will expose the common problems in dashboard design and introduce effective design practices through examples that explain what works, what doesn’t, and why
Day 3 will cover:
- Current state of dashboards
- Definition and potential benefits of dashboards
- Fundamental goals and challenges of dashboard design
- Thirteen common mistakes in dashboard design
- Characteristics of well-designed dashboards
- Steps in the dashboard design process
- Common dashboard information and techniques for enriching its meaning
- Selecting appropriate media for displaying the data
- Ideal library of dashboard display media
- Best practices of dashboard design
Cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks before the commencement of the seminar and will be subject to a 10% administration fee. Unfortunately, cancellations received within two weeks of the seminar date will be liable for the full seminar fee. Substitutions can be made at any time.