Introduction to Data Visualization: From Data to Design

Nicholas Felton, Information Designer

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15 Videos (1h 27m)
    • Introduction

    • Tools You'll Need

    • Ask a Question

    • Get the Data

    • Explore the Data

    • Extend the Data

    • Sketch and Design the Layout

    • Visualization: Tools and Design

    • Visualization: Approach and Elements

    • Statistics

    • Typography

    • Color

    • Final Thoughts

    • Additional Reading

    • Explore Design on Skillshare

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About This Class

Join information designer Nicholas Felton for a smart, comprehensive, and inspiring intro to data visualization! You'll learn how to build a data set, transform information into graphics, and unlock the storytelling power of data.

This 90-minute class centers on a fun project called "condensing the news." Inspired by one of Nicholas's favorite prompts, you'll

  • follow your curiosity, studying a newspaper section's words or images
  • build your data set from connections you discover
  • design the data into a single, revealing graphic

Everyone who wants to quickly understand, communicate, and persuade with data — visual thinkers, content strategists, marketers, designers — will embrace this class. With a signature mix of demonstration, slides, and real-world examples, this class brings data visualization to life!

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Mr. Felton did a wonderful work of art at making the lesson covers and touch on so many concepts' basics without making them too complicated, and gave thorough demonstration for the tools he recommended. I personally love the beautiful intro frame he puts at the start of his videos summarizing his points.
Explains how to think broadly about what we can consider data. Could discuss the merits of putting so much information in one graphic. While it seems basic to categorize data, it is is also necessary to categorize types of visualization and their purposes. Is this is a type of visualization people readily encounter?
I can't think of a better introduction to data visualisation...thank you!





Nicholas Felton

Information Designer

Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of many Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics reflecting the year's activities. He was one of the lead designers of Facebook's timeline and the co-founder of His most recent product is Reporter, an iPhone app designed to record and visualize subtle aspects of our lives. His work is a part of the permanent col...

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