Workshops are Beautiful San Francisco

David McCandless, data-viz practitioner, presenter of a TED talk with 2.3m views and creator of the popular book / website Information is Beautiful will be sharing his method & process for creating beautiful, useful, shareable data visualizations and infographics in this half day workshop.

What’s in Workshops are Beautiful?

This four hour, introductory level workshop is hosted theatre-style with around 100 participants and high quality projected visuals. It’s a mix of lecture & hands-on exercises with plenty of discussion.

Expect to learn:

» concepting and the generation of good, interesting ideas
» creating, selecting and execuring appropriate & effective visualisations
» designing and beautifying charts & diagrams

And be broadly introduced to:

» how to use dataviz as a new lens for communication of ideas and stories
» researching, finding and curating juicy data
» the many new methods and approaches for visualising data
» how to combine design-thinking and statistical rigour without compromising either

This workshop will be useful if you’re:

»wishing to translate written reports, research and messaging into impactful visual form
» wanting to understand data journalism and story-telling with data
» a words and ideas person looking to translate your concepts into design language
» a visual / design thinker wanting to expand your approach to include data
» a data / code person looking to improve aesthetics and conceptual prowess


David McCandless

David McCandless is a British data-journalist, and information designer based in London. He is the founder of the visual blog Information Is Beautiful. Early explorations into the synergy between data visualisation and his work as a journalist led to the development of Information Is Beautiful and the subsequent publication of his seminal book of the same name (US title ‘A Visual Miscellaneum’). McCandless began his career writing for cult video game magazines such as Your Sinclair and PC Zone in the late 1980s and 1990s before moving on to work for The Guardian and Wired magazine. Since the publication of Information Is Beautiful in 2009, his information design work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Guardian, Wired, and Die Zeit, and has also been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art in New York,[4] the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, and at the Tate Britain. His second book Knowledge Is Beautiful was published in 2014.