This online certificate program gives professionals the fundamentals they need to succeed in big data– and metrics-driven environments. Hands-on courses cover strategic information design, data analytics and filtering, visualization best practices, and programming basics. Industry expert guests expand students’ understanding of data storytelling applications and techniques for bringing complex statistics to life for a variety of audiences and uses.
This course covers all the bases in the discipline of data visualization and prepares students to complete advanced-level courses in the Infographics and Data Visualization Certificate program. It serves as a foundation for information design, data analytics, and interactive visualization practices. Through diverse hands-on projects and biweekly guest lectures from industry experts, students gain a thorough understanding of this exciting field.
More than 50 percent of our brain’s cortex is devoted to processing visual information. With growing amounts of data being thrown our way on a daily and hourly basis, it is more important than ever to be able to deliver information efficiently. Information graphics is one of the most powerful means available to relay complex data to the widest audiences. Some form of information graphics touches the life of almost everyone on the planet, regardless of profession, industry, or culture. This course empowers students to thoughtfully and successfully bring to life flat numbers and data through engaging and digestible visual representations that can be easily shared with vast audiences. It addresses best practices from discovery to production to delivery. The course covers color theory, typography, design hierarchy, balance, symmetry, composition, and grid. In addition, students learn data research, filtering data while 1) generating an idea, 2) conceptualizing and developing the idea, and 3) presenting and delivering a prototype.
Most of the world’s data has been generated within the past few years. In order for any of that data to serve a purpose, it must be analyzed and ultimately visualized. The process of unlocking insights and potential within a data set requires strong analytical skills and in-depth understanding, both of which are a necessity in any modern work environment. In order to produce successful visualizations, you must first be able to successfully analyze the data you plan to represent. This course enables students to develop the necessary strong data analytics skills, specifically through the lens of visualization and with the ultimate goal of creating visual representations of that information. It covers basic SQL skills and other data analysis tools widely used in the industry.
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