15-16 March 2018

thestudio, Manchester

Creating data visualisations that don’t suck

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Session duration:
60 minutes

Presented by:

Martin Colebourne

Tobias & Tobias

About this Workshop

In 2006, Clive Humby dubbed data “the new oil”. Since then, rapid developments in data collection, storage, software and development frameworks - and an explosion in demand for new ways to make sense of, and make use of, vast amounts of data - have raised the stakes.

The power of data to change the world is beginning to live up to the hype, but data visualisation is playing catch-up.

Designers need to recognise that what we call data visualisation is not a single field of design but several, comprising visual communication, monitoring and data analysis. Add context - human, environmental, technological, etc. - and it starts to become a brilliantly complex, and brilliantly exciting, design challenge.

This session will help you to decode data visualisation - art and science - and to design more meaningful visualisations for better decision-making and business impact.

About the Speaker

Martin Colebourne is a lead UX designer at Tobias & Tobias. He has 16 years’ experience designing complex transactional products, primarily in financial services, where data visualisation has long been a significant differentiator.

Prior to joining Tobias & Tobias, Martin spent more than a decade working for Thomson Reuters and Deutsche Bank. He speaks and writes about a wide range of subjects, including interaction design, data visualisation, software development, psychology and philosophy.


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