Visualization Support

Get training, help and consultations on data visualization—such as Tableau—for the Harvard community.

Looking to turn columns of data into a compelling story? Interested in talking through a data visualization assignment for the students in your class? Want to polish an ugly graph before submitting your paper for review?

We’re here to help members of the Harvard community incorporate visualization techniques into their coursework, research, or teaching. 

We can help you at any stage of the process — from brainstorming and storyboarding to exploring your data and teaching you how to use a specific tool.

We'll help you incorporate design principles and insights on visual perception to improve your charts, infographics, and interactive web displays.

Our goal is to give you what you need to create powerful visualizations that boost the impact of your work.

Services We Offer

We're here to help and offer a variety of different formats for visualization support.


Need help with a project or have a more in-depth question? We offer one-on-one consultations for anyone in the Harvard community.

Workshop Series

Attend one of our regular workshops to learn about popular visualization methods and techniques.

Custom Workshops

We can create a custom workshop geared towards students in a particular class or with a specific assignment.

Tools & Equipment

We’re based in the Lamont Media Lab and have the space and tools to help with your data visualization projects.

Email Help

Have a quick question? Shoot us an email and we’ll do our best to help.

Fall 2019 Workshops

If you are interested in a workshop but can't make the workshop times, please email us to schedule a custom session.

Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau

In this hour-long, hands-on workshop you'll use a sample dataset to create several different types of visualization using Tableau. You'll also learn how to combine graphs together to create interactive dashboards and how to create stories from the data. 

Intermediate Tableau

This is a hands-on workshop for users who know the basics of Tableau and want to make more complicated visuals. You’ll learn how to combine datasets, make multidimensional scatterplots with simple fit lines, create simple animated datasets, and more. 

Design Principles for Data Visualization

This 90-minute workshop covers key design principles you should consider when planning or storyboarding your visualizations — from choosing the optimal visualization type for your data to the effective use of color, text, and spacing.  

Make Unconventional Data Visualizations using RAWGraphs

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to make unconventional visualizations that are otherwise hard to make, such as Sankey diagrams, circular visualizations, and flow diagrams (see the RAWGraphs gallery for more examples). After this workshop, you'll understand some advantages and limitations of using free online visualization tools like RAWGraphs


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Jess Cohen-Tanugi