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.
Spring 2020 Workshops
If you are interested in a workshop but can't make the workshop times, please email us to schedule a custom session.
Visual Eloquence: A Hands-On Workshop for Creating Effective Data Visualizations
Visual Eloquence is a participatory workshop on visualizing data and understanding the powerful role it plays in analysis and presentation for digital scholarship. The workshop will feature brief presentations, a hands-on exercise working with a dataset and visualization tools to create a visual presentation, and a discussion followed by pizza.
- February 27th at 4pm in Lamont B30. (Register here)
Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau
In this hour-long 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.
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.
- March 13th at 2pm in Lamont B30. (Register here)
Data Visualization Using Free, Online Tools
In this workshop, you’ll explore the capabilities of several free online tools that allow you to make unconventional data visualizations. After the workshop, you'll understand some advantages and limitations of using free online visualization tools like RAWGraphs, Datawrapper, and Flourish.
- March 23rd at 3:30pm in Lamont 310. (Register here)
How to Lie (to Yourself and Others) With Data Visualization
With the proliferation of data visualizations in the media and academic publications, it’s more important than ever to be an informed and critical consumer of others’ data visualizations — in other words, don’t be fooled by the flashy graphs. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how easy it is to accidentally fool yourself and others with data visualizations, especially when when using some of the new, powerful data visualization tools (available free, online, and usable with little-to-no training).
- Workshop time TBD!