Design for Data Visualisation, and Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data

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This meet-up will cover two themes:

The presentation of data as information is a discipline that brings together design, ethics, statistics and the psychology of perception.

Geographic maps are not just a familiar and efficient form of visual communication - they have a history rich in human stories, sometimes happy, and sometimes urgently highlighting human suffering.


We're very lucky to have Caroline Robinson, BA ACMI FRGS
Founder and Lead Cartographer at Clear Mapping Company:

* introduce us to the key design principles for data visualisation,

* also lead a tutorial on working with spatial data and using open source geographical information system (GIS).

After this session you'll be able to design better data visualisations, and have the confidence to use spatial data and GIS tools for your own projects.


40mins - short talk on design principles and foundation of visual communication, covering colour, fonts, culture and equality in data collection - Make your #maps sing!

40 mins - hands-on workshop creating and using spatial data, learning how to make our own points, lines and polygon data, and how to export the data for your web based projects.


The session will be suitable for complete beginners - you don't need any previous experience in design, data visualisation, mapping or using geographical information systems.

A colourful and insightful evening into the world of spatial data!


We'll start at 7.00pm, and you can arrive from 6.30pm. Parking is free after 5pm.

Bring a fully charged laptop with working wifi if you'd like to follow the hands-on tutorial. A scroll-wheel mouse is recommended if your trackpad isn't good for scrolling/zooming.

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