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Data Visualisation

How to effectively communicate with your data - a workshop delivered by Dan Isaac FCCA

Visit Dan Isaac's website, for more information about the Data Visualisation training.

Book your place at an upcoming 'open' workshop

The following 'open' data visualisation workshop is available for you to book onto now:

  • Date: Friday 24 May 2019
  • Venue: XFi Building, University of Exeter Streatham Campus
  • Cost: Tickets are available at a fantastic rate of £145+ VAT per person (including lunch and refreshments)
  • Booking: Book your space now using the Online Store.

Please be aware that we are also looking to book 'open' workshops in additional locations, including London. If your organisation would be interested in hosting an 'open' event or if you'd like to be added to our waiting list please get in touch with Dan Isaac:

About the workshop

The aim of this workshop is to share and discuss the some key principles for effective data visualisation and to inspire you to start to tell better stories with your data.

Creating effective data visualisations is no longer a task for highly technical specialists and design professionals. In the modern workplace, we are all responsible for the data that we produce and learning how to effectively communicate with this data can be an invaluable asset.

Learning the fundamental principles behind good data visualisation can:.

  • Simplify the process of presenting data in tables and graphs.
  • Help those working with data to engage, captivate and influence their audience.
  • Ensure that the story being presented can be easily understood.
  • Allow decision-maker to get answers more quickly.

The workshop is aimed at anyone who works with data as part of their role. From administrators, analysts and accountants to researchers, teachers and senior managers, we can all benefit from learning the theory behind creating great graphics.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

  • Critically review a data visualisation and understand what makes one example more effective than another.
  • Understand some key psychological principles and their significance to the design of an effective data visualisation. This includes an understanding of the importance of storytelling when communicating with data.
  • Present data clearly within a table in order to effectively communicate a story.
  • Identify and utilise the key components within graphical representations of data.
  • Select the type of graph which best communicates the different relationships that exist within data.
  • Present data clearly within a selected graph type in order to effectively communicate a story.

Session one

  • What is data visualisation?
  • Why is data visualisation important?
  • Data visualisation as storytelling.


Session two

  • The psychology of effective data visualisation.
  • The fundamental principles of data visualisation.
  • General principles of effective tables assign.


Session three

  • Data scales and relationships.
  • What types of graft to use and when?
  • General principles of effective graphic design.


Session four

  • Case study: My Design Process.
  • Final exercise


"Great course, would definitely recommend!"
"Very well presented, clear, engaging presentation paced well"
"Dan was very good at explaining complex information in an easy manner"
"I learnt information on different uses of grafts and in what situation different graphs can be used"
"I learnt some great tips on how to present simply and clearly"

Dan grew up on a dairy farm in North Devon before completing a degree in Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. He has spent the majority of his career in the Higher Education sector after completing a Graduate Management programme at the University of Exeter. He has worked in a number of different roles covering IT, HR, Project Management & Finance. While working in the University’s Finance team he trained as an accountant and is now a fellow of the Association of Charted Certified Accountant (ACCA). Dan currently works for the University as a Business Intelligence Officer and Data Visualisation Specialist.

Inspired by the idea of bringing effective data visualisation practices to everyday roles and challenges, Dan has been running data visualisation workshops at the University for the last 5 years. He has spent years reading and digesting key texts and resources in data visualisation and related fields. His initial inspiration came from the writings of Stephen Few & Edward Tufte but he’s also assimilated ideas from practitioners such as Alberto Cairo, Andy Kirk, Nathan Yau & Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic. He has a keen interest in psychology and in how the ideas of influential thinkers such as Daniel Kahneman, Steven Pinker, Chip Heath and Dan Heath can help us know how to better communicate with data.

Dan’s training style has been described as “natural”, “engaging” and “approachable” and he has a unique combination of the knowledge, skills and experience needed to offer practical training and guidance on how best to communicate with data using everyday tools for everyday challenges.

Visit Dan Isaac's website, for more information about the Data Visualisation training.