Visual Design with Data

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Workshop

Visual Design with Data

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Past Locations for this Workshop

About this workshop

Stunning spreadsheets and interactive charts are critical when presenting data-driven analysis. But all too often, those spreadsheets and charts are poorly formatted, confusing to read, and tough to understand. This workshop seeks to solve those problems, transforming you into a data-design ninja when working with Excel or Google Sheets.

This workshop is divided into three parts:

  • The first walks through data design fundamentals, and how to create stunning + persuasive spreadsheets in Excel or Google Sheets using a few simple formatting principles.
  • You’ll then put this knowledge to practice with hands-on examples. First, you'll learn to build beautiful simple graphs and sparklines with your data. Then, you’ll learn how to create interactive charts that change based on adjustments to calculated cells.
  • In the final part of the workshop, we’ll review a few tools + techniques (e.g. sparklines, small multiples, narrative, and various SaaS platforms) that enable easier display + digestion of larger amounts of information.

This workshop is ideal for:

  • Anyone who works with spreadsheets daily or weekly
  • Anyone interested in applying design principles to sets of data
  • Anyone responsible for driving standards around data + communication in their organization

Takeaways

  • Learn how to reformat any “ugly” or “boring” spreadsheet into one that’s beautiful, digestible, and intuitive
  • Explore how to integrate interactive charts into any “flat” spreadsheet or calculated data table
  • Understand how to leverage other tools to accelerate the creation of beautiful, intuitive data analyses

Prereqs & Preparation

  • Basic familiarity with Excel and Google Sheets
  • Laptop and Google Sheets account (for in-class exercises)

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