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Information Design - Data Visualisation

Information Design - Data Visualisation

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Angela Morelli, Tom Gabriel Johansen


This course is a hands-on experience aimed at designers, non-designers, current students or any professional working in an environment that requires presenting information in effective ways in order to capture the imagination of an audience. 

You will be introduced to the bright world of information visualization, where the intersection of text and image, perception and cognition, beauty and function, logic and emotion enables us to create splendid visions, to reveal what hides behind the data and to address effective messages.

Topics covered

We will explore how to define a project based on an initial question.

You will learn how to gather and organize your data, and how to identify the message you want to communicate in relation to your audience.

We will also explore how to transform your data into powerful stories and how to choose the most appropriate tools in order to present those stories.

You will realize that stories are a vehicle for making facts and numbers come alive.

'Stories permit information to be imprinted into memory. They encourage the application of information and that is what gives it meaning.' (R.S. Wurman).

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Angela Morelli is an award winning Italian information designer based in Norway. She is the co-founder and CEO of InfoDesignLab, a socially-conscious information design firm that helps companies and organizations turn complex data into meaningful narratives, beautiful visions and understandable messages. From sustainability to social justice, from education to health, her goal is to co-design together with scientists and professionals to co-create engaging solutions that empower an audience to see patterns, make informed decisions and think systematically about a challenge. Angela gained her MA in Information Design from Central Saint Martins in London. She previously gained a degree in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MA in Industrial Design. She is an acclaimed international speaker, an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins in London and a visiting lecturer at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She has been jury member of the International Institute of Information Design Award, and along with philanthropist Paul Polak, ethologist Jane Goodall, water scientist Tony Allan and other individuals committed to defend planetary ecosystems she has been awarded Il Monito del Giardino Award in 2013. Angela was named a 2012 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Tom is an award winning information designer. He is the co-founder and COO of InfoDesignLab. He has over 20 years of practice in design, ranging from strategic design to board game design, from interaction design to information visualization. He has worked as a special advisor in visualizing data for Statistic Norway and he has been a member of Eurostat’s Visualization Task Force. For seven years he has worked at The Norwegian National Broadcaster embedding design and information visualization as an integrated part of the news-floor operation. While at NRK his work has received, among other awards, the World Media Award. He is an advocate for the value of cross collaboration among different professions and works closely with journalists, researchers, scientists and activists. He is an acclaimed international speaker and teaches at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norwegian Institute of Journalism and at Central Saint Martins University in London.


Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Notebook  
  • Pencil, pen and colour pencils
  • Felt tips
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Pritt stick (glue)
  • Scissors
  • A compass (if you like drawing perfect circles!)

Available dates

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