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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


On this beginner’s online course you will learn the fundamentals of information design and data visualisation and how to apply these skills to your own communication projects, or in managerial or designer job roles.

You will learn how to analyse data then create a visual display of this quantitative information, visually communicating your ideas to a chosen target audience. You will learn the skill of storytelling with data as you collect and map information, and you will learn how to choose the most effective way to visualise and present your information.

You will use Adobe Illustrator to create your own infographics. This course is taught through interactive discussion in weekly online classes and you will receive personal feedback from your tutor. Each week you will be set practical homework to develop your ideas.

By the end of the course you will be able to use what you have learnt to create annual reports and presentations. The practical tasks will teach you skills that can be applied in a range of career paths, including graphic design, management and web design.


  • Storytelling through information design and data visualisation
  • Considering the importance of colour, hierarchy and typography
  • Visualisation types
  • Software contexts
  • Narrative and sequence
  • Chart types
  • Layout and composition
  • Principles of perception
  • Visual grammar
  • Adobe Illustrator graphs and icons
  • Knowing your audience and story
  • Analysing data
  • Picking the right format
  • Understanding and using LATCH theory
  • Interdisciplinary design
  • Collecting and mapping information
  • Understanding the design processes
  • Research methods
  • Qualitative and quantitative issues
  • Information as art

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will be able to;

  • Use the principles of information design
  • Assess information data and have the capacity to improve upon it
  • Make diagrams using an appropriate chart type
  • Create information design that appeals, is understandable and helps people retain information
  • Use Adobe Illustrator to create your own infographic maps
  • Create data visuals to illustrate the data
  • Use LATCH theory to create two data visualisations
  • Analyse data effectively
  • Use information design to tell a story

Who is Information Design and Data Visualisation (Online Short Course) for?
This course is for beginners wanting to learn the fundamentals of information design and data visualisation. You can use the skills you will develop, such as graphic design and storytelling with data, to develop your vision within a current or future job role.

Level: Beginner.

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. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. 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

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

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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