Introduction to Data Visualization for Designers Premium class

Nicholas Felton, Information Designer

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14 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


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!

153 of 154 students recommendSee All

Great overview with many suggested resources to get started.
Tam D.

discovery / development / creation

Learned so many new cool tools on top of a great data viz class!
This is the great course. First of all I respect the author very much. The course is great especially for beginners. It helps not only to start discovering new methods of visualizations and highlights what to do next after you have done you raw visualization, but also, from my point of view more important, it teaches how to work with information, how to find the theme, and what to do next. Thank you (I'm not the beginner, but it was quite useful for me)
Nadya Andrianova






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 collection at MoMA. He has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Good Magazine and recognized as one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company.