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Public Webinar: Data Visualization Crash Course

January 27, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

| $40
Public Webinar: Data Visualization Crash Course

Visualizing data through charts, graphs, and diagrams helps you deliver bite-sized information that viewers will understand at a glance and retain for the long run. During my webinars, we focus on researcher-specific considerations: designing with stakeholders’ information needs front and center, using readily available software like Microsoft Excel, and thinking through dozens of chart types—dot plots, small multiples, heat maps, and more—that can be applied to the social sciences. My goal is to equip you with critical thinking skills and technical know-how create visualizations faster and easier than you ever thought was possible.

I offer multiple webinars on practical data visualization strategies: the Crash Course; Essential Charts; Design Principles; and How-Tos. I recommend starting here, with the Crash Course. After this webinar, most attendees decide to register for one or more of the Essential Charts, Design Principles, and How-To webinars to continue building their skills.


  • Introduction to Data Visualization: First, I’ll give you an introduction to the field’s history and the key players.
  • Essential Charts: Next, we’ll review the pros and cons of a dozen different chart layouts, like slope charts, tree maps, and dot plots.
  • Design Principles: Then, we’ll review a handful of software-agnostic design principles about titles, subtitles, borders, grid lines, labels, and color so your charts are well-formatted and easy to understand.
  • Sharing Visualizations: We’ll talk about dashboards, infographics, handouts, slidedocs, and other communications modes.
  • Before/After Remake: I’ll share a couple before/after remakes so you can understand how these skills can come together and completely transform your graphs.
  • Tools: We’ll talk about Excel, Tableau, R, and other software tools you might consider using.
  • Getting Started: Finally, we’ll discuss the importance of sketching drafts on paper and I’ll recommend books, blogs, and other resources.

What People Are Saying

“Ann, I have to say, I’ve participated in a lot of webinars, and you did yours impeccably well, in terms of how you explained concepts, paced things, and the examples you included. Well done.”

“My new eval specialist here took your AEA webinar. She’s convinced she’s going to drastically improve all my lame charts now.”

“I want to say thank you for the wonderful workshop you gave in Indy last week. There were so many helpful techniques that I can’t wait to share with my colleagues.”

“Ann was amazing! This was one of the best webinars I’ve attended.”

“I will never write a proposal even in the same way. Now back to writing my proposal with some visuals!”

“I have to say this was an AMAZING webinar. The webinar gave me tips to implement immediately and inspiration to how to change things over time (especially as I become more proficient in creating new charts).”


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This webinar has finished, but you can still purchase the recording and accompanying materials. Contact me.


January 27, 2015
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Ann K. Emery

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