This course will help you to think creatively about visualising your story and data in the most effective way for your audience across printed and online media.

This one-day workshop, led by Nigel Hawtin, who worked as graphics editor at New Scientist for 20 years, is aimed at journalists, writers, PRs and communications teams who are looking to incorporate infographics into their storytelling.

As with all training, the emphasis is on practical, hands-on learning. The training takes place at The Bridge, near London Bridge, and refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

What will the course cover?

  • An overview of visual communication as a storytelling device, background knowledge, current trends and uses;

  • Understanding the role of an infographic and what makes it effective;

  • How to translate a complex issue into an appropriate visual form;

  • The visualisation process; from story and data to finished visual;

  • How visuals work across different media;

  • Identifying the best tools for the job.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Be equipped with the background knowledge and skills needed to produce or commission an effective infographic;

  • Understand the role of infographics and data visualisations for storytelling;

  • Understand how to translate complex issues into appropriate visual forms;

  • Avoid common mistakes;

  • Be able to look at other infographics critically.

Skill level

This workshop is designed for total beginners looking to understand what an infographic is and is not, and how to go about producing an effective graphic for your organisation and your audience.

Getting there

This course will be held at The Bridge, 73-81 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ.

About Nigel Hawtin

Nigel was graphics editor at New Scientist for 20 years. He left New Scientist at the end of 2014 to set up his own information design agency and consultancy.

Working on his own and within teams, his clients include Scientific American, Nature, BBC Future, Future Earth, the BTO as well as EMCDDA (EU Drug and Drug Dependency Agency). Producing graphics for both print and digital media, he also trains teams in effective visual design and storytelling around the world.