Course #:WA2357

Data Visualizations - Communicating Numbers Effectively Training

An increase in the volume and velocity of data has spurred a need for new techniques to understand and convey its meaning.  Data visualizations are graphical means of summarizing and describing data.  This course describes various types of visualizations and teaches participants how to link they data they have and the message they want to deliver to the appropriate visualization.

What Makes this Course Stand Apart?

  • An explanation of the theory provides guidance in creating visualizations rather than a cookbook; approach which cannot fit all situations.
  • A focus on communicating creates results that are more effective in explaining the data.
  • Ample examples and a reference list that can be used to further explore the topic after class.
  • In-class practice with opportunities to critique work.
  • Experimenting with a variety of visualization tools.

What You Will Learn

  • Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
  • Apply a set of data visualization principles that maximize the ability to use numbers to tell a story.
  • Match a Data Type to its best visualization attribute.
  • Utilize a process to critique and refine visualizations.


  • Business Analyst (IT and non-IT)
  • Project Leaders/Project Managers
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Analyst


The structure of the courses assumes no prior experience in statistics or data analytics. 


1 day

Outline of Data Visualizations - Communicating Numbers Effectively Training

1. Background

  • Introduction to Visualizations
  • Theoretical Foundations of Visualizations
  • Understanding visual perception
  • How visualizations work
  • Categories of Data Visualizations
  • How to Tell Stories with Visualizations

2. Visualization Types and Purposes

3. A Design Methodology

4. Visualization Design Options

  • Chart types
  • Plot types
  • Time-series
  • Data-at-rest, data-in-motion
  • Maps

5. Tools for Visualizations

We regularly offer classes in these and other cities. Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Montreal, New York City, Orlando, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC.