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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
Laura Knight


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.

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. 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
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Laura Knight has worked as a graphic design both freelance and in agencies since 2005. In 2013 she became Design Director at Data Design Studios, leading in the delivery of data-driven projects for global clients. In 2016 she left the studio to pursue an MA in Communication Design at Kingston University.  She currently works for the Guardian delivering bespoke data visualisation training for brands and organisations all over the world and lectures part time at Kingston and Bucks universities. She maintains her own creative practice as a designer working on information, graphic design and socially focused projects.

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