Information Visualization: A Beginner's Guide
How This Course Will Help Your Career
Information visualization skills are in high demand, partly thanks to the rise in big data. Tech research giant Gartner Inc. declared that almost half of all companies invested in big data in 2016, predicting that a further 25% planned to invest in the next 2 years1. With the ever-increasing amount of information being gathered and analyzed, there’s an increasing need to present data in meaningful and understandable ways.
In fact, even if you are not involved in big data, information visualization will be able to help in your work processes as a designer. This is because many design processes—including conducting user interviews and analyzing user flows and sales funnels—involve the collation and presentation of information. Information visualization turns raw data into meaningful patterns, which will help you find actionable insights. From designing meaningful interfaces, to processing your own UX research, information visualization is an indispensable tool in your UX design kit.
This course is presented by Alan Dix, a former professor at Lancaster University in the UK. A world-renowned authority in the field of human-computer interaction, Alan is the author of the university-level textbook Human-Computer Interaction. “Information Visualization” is full of simple but practical lessons to guide your development in information visualization. We start with the basics of what information visualization is, including its history and necessity, and then walk you through the initial steps in creating your own information visualizations. While there’s plenty of theory here, we’ve got plenty of practice for you, too.
What you will learn
- How to design basic information visualizations
- How to define what makes a good information visualization
- How to describe a range of basic and complex information visualization techniques
- The history of the information visualization discipline
- How the eye and the brain function together to deliver imagery
- What common visual perception problems are, and how to avoid them in design
- How to evaluate the effectiveness of an information visualization
Who should take this course
This is a beginner-level course suitable for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike:
- UX and UI designers interested in creating effective designs that help users understand large amounts of data
- Information visualization designers who want to have a solid theoretical foundation
- Project managers working on projects that require elegant representations or visualizations of data
- Software engineers looking to learn how to transform raw information into meaningful graphics
- Entrepreneurs who wish to use information visualization to make their products more engaging and intuitive
- Anyone who needs to present information in a manner that an audience can easily digest
Courses in the Interaction Design Foundation are designed to contain comprehensive, evidence-based content, while ensuring that the learning curve is never too steep. All participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests, and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.
Learn and work with a global team of designers
When you take part in this course, you will join a global multidisciplinary team working on the course and the exercises at the same time as you. You will work together to improve your skills and understanding. Your course group will be made up of an incredibly diverse group of professionals, all of whom have the same objective—to become successful designers. It’s your chance to learn, grow, and network with your peers across the planet.
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Lessons in This Course
- Each week, one lesson becomes available.
- There’s no time limit to finish a course. Lessons have no deadlines.
- Estimated learning time: 39 mins spread over 2 weeks .
Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction
To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 39 mins.
0.1: Let our community help you (1 min)
0.2: Expand your network and grow your skills in our online forums (9 mins)
0.3: Meet and learn from design professionals at an upcoming meet-up (1 min)
0.4: The Didactics and Pedagogy of the Course (8 mins)
0.5: The Didactics and Pedagogy of the Course (8 mins)
0.6: Didactics and Pedagogy of the Course (8 mins)
0.7: The Didactic and Pedagogy of the Course (8 mins)
Lesson 1: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up
To be scheduled.
1.1: Course Evaluation (1 min)
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