Course Description

Information visualization skills are in high demand thanks to the rise of “big data”. Mashable magazine described big data analytics as “Tech’s Hottest Field.” already back in 2014. Salaries are projected between $90,000 and $180,000 a year so there’s never been a better time to develop your skills in information visualization.

It’s worth noting that even if you’re not involved in big data – learning about information visualization will help your career prospects. Everyone, at some point needs to display information to other people in their business be it to persuade the executive team to fund your latest project or to explain why call center operatives are always sick the day after pay day – information visualization skills will make your life easier.

This course is presented by Alan Dix, a former professor at Lancaster University in the UK and a world-renowned authority in Human Computer Interaction. Alan is also the author the university level textbook; “Human-Computer Interaction”.

It is full of simple but practical lessons to guide your development in information visualization. We start with the basics of what information visualization is, who needs it and its history and then walk you through the first steps in creating your own information visualizations. There’s plenty of theory here but also plenty of practice too.

The lesson concludes with exercises that will be very familiar to Human Computer Interaction designers, usability professionals and UX designers alike – user research techniques that enable you to test the effectiveness of your information visualization designs and further refine your skills to deliver the best possible user experiences with data representations.

By the End of this Course You Will

  • Be able to design basic information visualizations
  • Be able to define what makes a good information visualization
  • Be able to describe a range of basic and complex information visualization techniques
  • Understand the history of the information visualization discipline
  • Understand how the eye and the brain function together to deliver imagery
  • Understand what common visual perception problems are and how to avoid them in design
  • Be able to evaluate the effectiveness of an information visualization

Who Should Enroll?

It’s not just those who intend to specialize in information visualization that can benefit from this course – nearly all of us, at some point or another, will need to display information that can be easily digested by an audience. The following audiences in particular will benefit from this course but it is open to anyone who is interested and no prior learning is required. Most importantly, while information visualization at a more advanced level is a mathematical and statistical discipline – this course requires no such abilities and contains only one, very simple, equation – so don’t worry about your math skills before signing up.

  • Information visualization designers – beginners
  • UX, UI and Web Designers – beginners to professionals
  • Managers, marketing teams, HR teams, engineering teams, sales teams, etc.
  • UX team leaders and supervisors

Working Together

When you take part in this course you will join a global multi-disciplinary 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 professional group all with the same objective – to deliver exceptional information visualizations. It’s your chance to learn, grow and network with your peers across the planet.

Tech’s Hottest Field
Alan Dix’s blog

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