Why Present Data Visually?
It makes complex
data easier to
It pulls out key
You control the
• “Information overload or data glut” – David
• Language of the eye (patterns, colours) + the
language of the mind (words) = speaking two
• Visual Information is effortless to consume.
Communicating Research Effectively:
Making Shareable Products
Presenting information in a way that
tells a story
Infographics can also
present data in a
variety of forms in
one central place,
information into one
central place for
Four key consideration
1. Purpose and Focus
2. The right information
3. Correct structure
4. Useful formation
Who, What, How?
• Who are you communicating with?
• What do you need people to understand?
• How is it going to be consumed?
• Static media (infographic) vs. Interactive
Paradox of data visualisation
• The more complex a
visualisation, the less
• Balance: data +
Remember our clocks?
Information can be provided in a variety of ways BUT make sure it is:
• FIT FOR PURPOSE
• EASILY UNDERSTOOD
Creately: this is easy to use Online Diagramming
software - purpose built for team collaboration.
Hohli: this online chart maker is simple to use and
allows you to create a range of colourful pie, line
scatter, radar and bar charts. http://charts.hohli.com/
Tableau: a free Windows-only software for creating
colourful data visualisations.
Gap Minder (Hans Rosling): allows you to upload data
and create an interactive chart.
Many Eyes: allows you to upload data in a range of very
versatile formats. http://www-
Google Chart Tools: allows you to include
constantly changing research data sourced online.
Piktochart: easy to make infographics.
1. In groups, think of data you want to share.
2. Create a visualisation of that data (it may be a graph you have
3. Using the principles we have learnt think about how else you
could present these linkages?
4. What other information may nuance and create patterns you
want to show?
5. Create visualisation (use pencil, pen, markers, sticky notes
etc. Go wild)