InfoDesignLab Workshops

Teaching information design and data visualisation

  1. Teaching at Central St Martins University in London
  2. Teaching at DOGA, The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture
  3. Teaching at AHO, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  4. Teaching at KHiO, The Oslo National Academy of the Arts
  5. Teaching in organisations and universities around the world

If you have any question or if you are interested in our workshops, please contact us at post@infodesignlab.com

1. Teaching at Central St Martins University in London

In 2009 we established a course in Information Design and Data Visualization at Central St Martins University in London, because we realised that more and more people without any design background need tools to communicate complex data in effective ways.

The course is held once a year and is a hands-on experience aimed at designers, non-designers, scientists, journalists, current students or any professional working in an environment that requires presenting information in effective ways in order to capture the imagination of an audience.
Participants are introduced to the bright world of information visualization where the intersection of text and image, perception and cognition, beauty and function, logic and emotion enables us to create splendid visions, to reveal what hides behind the data and to address effective messages.

Students explore how to define a project based on an initial question. They learn how to gather and organize their data, how to identify the message they want to communicate in relation to their audience, how to transform the data into powerful stories and how to choose the most appropriate tools in order to present those stories. They realize that stories are a vehicle for making facts and numbers come alive.

2. Teaching at DOGA, The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture

In 2015 we were asked to establish a new workshop in information design and data visualisation at the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA). One of the goals of this centre is to disseminate the notion of how design and architecture can impact society, individuals, government and industry. The idea of establishing a new workshop has been seen as an opportunity to work towards the centre’s mission of nurturing individuals’ skills to innovate and solve social challenges, both in the public and private sectors. The team at DOGA felt the need of starting to build a community around the subject of Information design and Data visualisation describing them as tools for understanding, sense-making, social change.

The 2-day course usually gathers about 30+ participants with very different background and skills. The course is meticulously structured as a hands-on experience aimed at a large audience of designers, communicators, scientists, researchers, current students or any professional working in an environment that requires communicating large amount of data in effective ways in order to capture the imagination of an audience. The balance between presentations, tasks and discussions sets the stage for a powerful learning experience.

Check DoGA for updates on the Information Visualisation course in Oslo.

3. Teaching at AHO, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a scientific institution providing education within architecture and industrial design, awarding the titles of PhD, Master of architecture, Master of industrial design and Master of landscape architecture. In addition, AHO offers post-graduate master degrees in urban studies and architectural heritage.

In 2016, we have been asked to tailor and run teaching modules in Information Visualisation for foundation students, BA students, MA students who work with challenges that require presenting complex information in understandable and visual ways, to present information with clarity or to solve systemic challenges.

4. Teaching at KHiO, The Oslo National Academy of the Arts

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) is a university college in Oslo, Norway, that provides education in visual arts, design and performing arts. It is one of two public institutes of higher learning in Norway that teaches in visual arts and design.

In the past five years we have had the pleasure of running Information Design and Data Visualisation modules for BA Graphic Design students.

During these modules students learn how to define a project based on an initial question or curiosity; how to gather and organize their data; how to adopt a participatory approach in data visualisation; how to use the story-listening approach in data visualisation; how to use the latest data-visualisations tool and techniques.

5. Teaching in organisations and universities around the world

The courses we run in organisations and universities around the world are hands-on experiences aimed at designers, non-designers, data-experts, communicators, scientists, journalists, current students or any professional working in an environment that requires presenting information in effective ways in order to capture the imagination of an audience.

Participants are introduced to the bright world of information visualisation where the intersection of text and image, perception and cognition, beauty and function, logic and emotion enables us to create splendid visions, to reveal what hides behind the data and to address effective messages.

The length and program of these courses is set according to the goals and needs of the audience.