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Watch: Masterclass: The power of visualisation for data storytelling with Paul Vaartjes

Watch this masterclass on data storytelling with Paul Vaartjes- RMIT Online future skills mentor

The world produces a staggering amount of data every single day - somewhere around 2.5 quintillion bytes. In fact, 90% of all data was created in the last two years. The more data you acquire, and more tangled the web, the harder it becomes to make sense of it all. That’s where visualisation comes in. Data visualisation is the act of taking raw numbers and putting them into an easily understandable visual medium, such as a map or graph.

Whether you’re working on a presentation or a research report, the fastest way of telling a story with data is to visualise it. So where do we start, and how can we make striking visualisation to tell a story to our audience?

Paul Vaartjes, Research Specialist in Strategic Insights at not-for-profit organisation, Compassion Australia, runs through a session on:

  • Getting the story wrong: what can happen when you don’t visualise
  • Using the science of visual perception to communicate
  • Data story telling toolset: chart types, flow, colour, titles, annotations and more
  • Case studies
  • How you can get started with story telling
This article was originally published on 25 January 2023