Defining Data Viz

Data visualization. The term may sound boring and jargony – seriously, try saying it 10 times fast – but the meaning is simple and the concept important. Data viz is the art of creating a visual representation of data to identify trends and patterns.

In this workshop – which is perfect for beginners – you will learn how:

  • To explore the impact of design on data.
  • To define and design data while telling stories.
  • To expand your critical thinking skills when consuming data-driven visuals and broaden the way you think about complex issues.
  • Bias impacts the way we design and how to be inclusive.
  • And more!

Don’t worry if you’re new to data viz or have lots of questions! This workshop, led by Christina Animashaun from Vox, is designed to be highly engaging and interactive — there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and chat with your peers.

About DC Design Week

Built by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of this community, hosted by AIGA DC. Ten percent of all revenue from DCDW events and all profit this year go toward the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Interested in becoming a member? To gain early access to our most exclusive events and year-long discounts, sign up to become a member today!


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This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.


The workshop will be designed for beginners to be able to participate. The instructor will share a data set that participants can open in Excel or Google Sheets. The instructor will screen share and use Flourish for the chart demo. Participants can follow along at home with the free version of Flourish by signing up with their email.

Code of Conduct

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When & Where
Sat, Sep 19, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT