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Information Design and Data Visualisation (Online Short Course)

Information Design and Data Visualisation (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Ian Carr


Information design is all around us - we rely on it to navigate life. While the techniques and tools to visualise information have increased the fundamental principles remain the same. How do we ‘encode’ information so that it communicates clearly? How do you choose the most effective way to visualise your information?
This course is for for beginners and will introduce to you the underlying principles of effective information design. This is not a software course - it is about the underlying principles of effective communication.


  • Typography
  • Hierarchy
  • Grids
  • Colour
  • Narrative and sequence
  • Chart types
  • Layout/composition
  • Principles of perception
  • Qualitative and quantitative issues

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should have;

  • Developed an understanding of, and used the principles of information design
  • Assessed information design, and have the capacity to improve upon it
  • Made diagrams using an appropriate chart type
  • Created information design that appeals, is understandable and helps people retain information
  • Received personalised feedback on your work from the course tutor

Who Should Attend
This course will be valuable for anyone who wants learn to present information clearly in a visual way (eg, charts, diagrams or infographics). You may be someone who works with data and information graphics, or maybe you present data and information at work, and are looking for more knowledge of the visual possibilities. This course is for beginners, and you do not need any previous design experience.

Level: Beginner

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

Why choose an LCC Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Communication wherever you are in the world. Additionally all LCC Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • LCC Certificate upon completion

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Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may be interested in Social Media Marketing (Online) or Practical Public Relations (Online).
We also run this course in the classroom as "Infographic Storytelling".

Tutor Description

Ian Carr has worked as a graphic designer both freelance and with agencies since 2006. He has worked with clients such as The Financial Times, Sony, Channel 4, London School of Economics, The NHS, Kings College Hospital, 2012 London Olympics and the Paralympic games. His focus is the delivery of information and data-driven design with a focus on user engagement.

In 2003 he graduated from Leeds University studying Fine Art. In 2009 he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication at the London College of Communication, then in 2014 he went on to complete his Masters in Design at Goldsmiths University London. His focus was on socially driven design communication. He also holds a Post Graduate teaching qualification from the University of Lancaster.

He currently works freelance on a range of projects and is an Associate Lecturer on the MA Data Visualisation course at the University of the Arts London.

His philosophy, in practice and teaching, relates to an understanding of subject and context.  Through this he is interested in unearthing expression, provoke ideas, stimulating debate and questioning the world through information, data and socially focused design.

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