Creating delightful experiences with mountains of data is difficult. Data is an abstraction of the world around us, and unlike computers, our brains are not wired to process and decode it in its raw form. This workshop will dig into how we can use our understanding of cognition and visual perception to make complex data understandable and present it in a human-centered way.  

We’ll review examples of successful and unsuccessful visualizations, discuss the issue of dishonesty in data visualization, and try our hand at creating our own visualizations. At the end of this workshop, participants will come away with an understanding of the foundational principles of data visualization, and some practical experience with navigating the process of encoding data visually and finding effective ways to communicate meaning through visualization.


No previous data visualization experience required. You are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet, or other device – the only technical requirement is an internet connection. Supplies will be provided, but please feel free to bring your favorite pen and/or markers to use for the activities.