Workshop Agenda


This workshop consists of two separate workshops:

1.  Show Me the Numbers (Days 1-2)  and

2. Information Dashboard Design (Day 3, 795€+vat)

Daily schedule

08:15 – 09:00 Registration and breakfast
09:00 – 11:45 Lecture (including 15 min recess around 10:30)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Lecture
14:30 – 14:50 Recess / coffee break
14:50 – 16:30 Lecture (including short recess)


1. Show Me the Numbers (Days 1-2)

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.

This course covers the following topics

  • 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
    • Visual perception and how it applies to data presentation
    • 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

2. Information Dashboard Design (Day 3)

This course will teach you how to recognize the common problems in dashboard design, match your message to the right means of display and how to avoid clutter and arrange data in a way that communicates clearly and at a glance.

This course covers the following topics: 

  • The current state of dashboards
  • The definition and potential benefits of dashboards
  • The fundamental challenges of dashboard design
  • The 13 common mistakes in dashboard design
  • The 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
  • An ideal library of dashboard display mechanisms
  • The best practices of dashboard design