Visual Business Intelligence Workshop / Show Me the Numbers (Days 1-2)


The ability to design effective visual displays of data is not intuitive; it requires a set of visual design skills that must be learned. No information is more important to a business than quantitative information—the numbers that measure performance, identify opportunities, and forecast the future. Most quantitative information is presented as tables and graphs. Unfortunately, most tables and graphs used in business 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 other report developers, have been trained in effective table and graph design. You can become an exception to this norm. Based on Stephen Few's book and updated by instructor Nick Desbarats, Show Me the Numbers equips participants with key best practices in data presentation.

This course provides practical instruction in table and graph design developed specifically for the needs of business. It eliminates countless hours of confusion and frustration. Following clear principles and practices, communicated through examples of what works, what doesn’t, and 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 in that it includes more content (for example, more information about table design), but also in that it adds 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.

Target audience:

This course is designed for anyone who has a need to present or analyze data, including:

  • Managers and business analysts
  • Business intelligence developers
  • Application developers
  • Data analysts
  • Usability experts
  • Other professionals such as journalists, researchers, educators and public servants

This course covers:
  • Fundamental challenges of data presentation
  • Differing characteristics and uses of tables and graphs
  • Seven important quantitative relationships in business graphs
  • Visual perception and how it applies to data presentation
  • Steps in the visual information design process
  • Visual design methods for highlighting data
  • Best practices of table design
  • Effective ways to encode quantitative information graphically
  • Matching the right graph to your data and message
  • Component-level graph design (colors, scales, labels, etc.)

All attendees of this workshop will receive a copy of book Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten (2nd Edition), authored by Stephen Few.

General information:

Event specific information, please see Visual Business Intelligence Workshop 2018 Helsinki.

Duration: 2 day
Price: 1490.00 €

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