WASHINGTON, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The appetite for infographics and data visualization is exploding. NGOs, government agencies, publications, design studios and companies of all stripes need staff that can think strategically about communicating the massive amounts of data their organizations generate every day.
To help meet this demand, information designer Bill Shander has led data visualization workshops internationally to introduce the concepts of data storytelling to professionals in a range of roles, including those in PR, marketing, data analysis and design. In his two-day workshops, students learn to communicate complicated data using stunning visualizations that inform and engage end users.
Over 20 years creating data visualizations and infographics at Beehive Media, Shander's Boston agency, for clients like the United Nations, World Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers, he received many inquiries about how to enter this field. He found that people struggle with how to solve some of the communications issues native to large amounts of data and content that needs to dispensed. To address this, he launched Rock The VizComm teaching design thinking, visual communications of data and his ="https://medium.com/@billshander/4x4-model-for-knowledge-content-575cc7f24601#.m39zjaxfk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4x4 model for knowledge content.
While large institutions and individual experts have offered data visualization and infographic courses, Rock The VizComm is a unique immersive plunge into data and has served as an unofficial continuing education program for those who need practical support improving data storytelling. The practical applications have far-reaching impact, especially with big data ballooning due to the growth of the Internet of Things and loads of business intelligence that often goes unanalyzed, much less shared for public consumption. Participants explore individual and team exercises, starting with basic visual thinking exercises and moving on to creating full outlines and plans for static and/or interactive infographics.
For professionals seeking hands-on, intensive training, Shander's workshops fit the bill.
He returns to Washington D.C. for a public Rock The VizComm workshop on April 20-21 at the Mathematical Association of America, 1529 18th St. NW, near Dupont Circle.
About Bill Shander
Bill Shander is the founder of Beehive Media, a Boston-based data visualization and information design consultancy. He specializes in creating interactive experiences for thought leadership, research, advocacy and knowledge management. Rock the VizComm is his educational workshop series and online community for those wishing to learn or improve their data storytelling.
Rock the VizComm
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