Introduction to Data Visualization

Ben Gibson, Co-founder, Pop Chart Lab

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15 Videos (44m)
    • Trailer

    • Concepting & Brainstorming

    • Conducting Research

    • Organizing Data

    • Starting Your Document

    • Creating Title Type

    • Initial Layout

    • Refining a Design

    • Editing & Refining

    • Applying Dynamic Type

    • Building Illustrative Elements

    • Secondary Visual Elements

    • Background Element

    • Final Art DIrection

    • Upload & Share


About This Class

This class is the first in a planned series of classes on infographics and data visualization. We're excited to get more in-depth with our process as we go!

Every corner of the Internet is filled with data visualizations, but where do they come from? And why do we find them so appealing? In this Skillshare class, we'll walk through an expert's process to reveal how these complex images come to life.

Data visualization is the perfect way to use graphic design to tell complex stories. We'll cover everything from researching and collecting data to creating a layout architecture and adding style to your work. No matter your background, you'll learn how to better understand, appreciate, and interpret these images. Those with design backgrounds and experience with Illustrator will also be able to create their own large-scale visual representation of an inspiring taxonomy, timeline, or concept.

At Pop Chart Lab, our mission is to combine data with design in order to create delight. We're excited to share our process.

What You'll Learn

In six progressive lessons, we'll cover both conceptual and practical approaches to data visualization

  • Concepting and Brainstorming. You'll start this class by picking a topic for your piece and starting to brainstorm ideas.
  • Researching. Next, you'll research the topic and collect all the data you need for your design.
  • Creating the Layout Architecture. In this lesson, you'll start working on the visual design and layout of your data visualization.
  • Editing and Refining. During this phase, you'll take a look at the layout in order to make sure the design and data work together effectively.
  • Adding Stylistic Elements. Once you have the basic architecture set, you'll be able to add some more stylistic elements.
  • Art Directing the Design. You'll take a final pass of the piece and make sure everything is where it should be.

What You'll Do

  • Project Deliverable. In this class, you'll design a basic data visualization.
  • Description. Will you visualize the history of beer, depict the different trains found across the world, or organize the history of dinosaurs? You'll create a data visualization, based on a topic of your choosing, that combines design and data in an effective and fun way.
  • Specs. You'll create a single data visualization in either a vertical or horizontal poster format. In this class, you'll use mainly Adobe Illustrator.

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Nice overview of the main elements in a data visualization.
Very informative and easy to follow. The timing and the info presented was evenly paced. I love the infographics examples shown, very inspiring! I cannot wait to get into making projects!
Marisa McFarlane


What's great about this class is seeing the use of illustrative style come together. What's not so great is that the example piece of data visualisation involves on data point ... a little disappointing to go from the epic Pop Chart Labs work to quite a simple piece. A lot of the illustration is pulled onto the canvas without a background -- it would be much better if the creative process were shown, including the iconography creation.





Ben Gibson

Co-founder, Pop Chart Lab

Ben Gibson opened his illustration and design studio in 2009 after working as an Art Director of book jackets at Penguin Group (USA), Inc. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1997 and has been recognized by Print magazine and Print's Regional Design Annual, HOW Magazine's International Design Annual, Communication Arts magazine, The Step Design 100, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators, among other publications and institutions. His clients have included The New Yo...

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