Prepare to Design the Future
March 19–20, 2017: Training
March 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

TRAINING: Designing data visualizations

Rune Madsen (NYU)
9:00am–5:00pm Monday, March 20, 2017
Location: Essex

Who is this presentation for?

  • You're a designer trained in traditional design tools such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator and want to learn how to craft modern data visualizations from datasets.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of visual design and digital design tools

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to design compelling visual stories from data


Using lectures on information design, examples of how data visualization is used online and in print, and hands-on exercises that put these ideas into practice, Rune Madsen explains how to design compelling visual stories from data.

Topics include:
The history of information design
Why and when to use different chart types and maps
How to find, download, and prepare datasets for use in data visualizations
How not to lie with data
How to create charts with Tableau Public
How to create interactive maps with CartoDB

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Rune Madsen


Rune Madsen is a Danish designer, programmer, and artist living in New York City. He designs and builds web applications, interactive installations, algorithmic graphic design systems, and many other things involving artistic uses of computation. Rune believes in simplicity, organized complexity, and that the pragmatic and poetic are inseparable.