Animated Information Graphics: using data and motion to reveal the story

, Senior Editor in Graphics at The New York Times

Class Project

Create a storyboard for an animated information graphic

About the Class

In this class you'll learn how to create information graphics that use data and reveal stories through animation. You'll learn how to go from data/reporting to an engaging and animated information graphic.


  • An overview of the approach to starting with a set of data and assets
  • Figuring out the story and whats important or interesting about the data
  • Creating a hierarchy of interesting elements and an organizational scheme
  • Writing a script
  • Creating the final storyboard

We'll also cover things like best practices and some tips to keep in mind as you work on your project.


Students will make a storyboard for an animated information graphic.


This class is for anyone interested in data, information graphics, animation, and visual storytelling. If you are a designer, journalist, animator or simply interested in how this kind of work comes together, this class is for you!


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More Information

Level: Beginner

School: Design

Related Subjects: Information Design, Data Visualization, Visual Storytelling, Storytelling, Animation, Journalism

At a Glance

  • 8 Video Lessons (29m)
  • 669 Students
  • 81% Positive Reviews (16)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Graham Roberts

Graham Roberts

Senior Editor in Graphics at The New York Times

Graham Roberts is a Senior Editor in Graphics at The New York Times. He creates work for both print and digital editions, as part of the NYT graphics department.  His work has been rec...

81% Positive Reviews

Carsten Braun

Carsten Braun

Well-done, thanks! That was fun and a good way to start thinking about how to present data in a fun and informative manner. I wish there was a convenient way now to actually create thi...

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