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Make Your Point: Good Design for Data Visualization

Data visualizations are everywhere these days: social media, infographics, data dashboards, and trendy organizational reports. A good data visualization communicates dense amounts of information quickly and effectively. A bad one is a hodgepodge that creates confusion. To create effective data visualizations, you need to know the basic principles of chart design. These principles apply whether you are using sophisticated data visualization technology or tried-and-true Excel. In this webinar, we will describe a process for developing a chart that helps you make your point without making a mess. This is an online workshop.

At this time, the NEO instructors not offering any in-person training. We are leaving the materials up for others to use and teach. The authors prefer that those who want to teach this webinar first take it from the NEO. 

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  • Be able to describe basic design principles to enhance understandability of graphs and infographics
  • Know how to improve their own charts using simple techniques presented in this webinar
Course Materials: 
Class Length: 
1 hour
Course Developer(s):
Cynthia Olney, PhD, Assistant Director
Tony Nguyen, ML..., MLIS, AHIP, Technology and Communications Coordinator
Cynthia Olney, PhD, Assistant Director
Karen J. Vargas, MS Library Science, Evaluation Specialist
Continuing Education:

This webinar has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 1 contact hour of Continuing Education credit.

Content last updated: February 2018

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