Data Visualisation Best Practices

It is one thing to know how to build a report or dashboard in Power BI, Tableau, Qlik, etc., but it’s another to know which chart types to use under different circumstances, how to make it look good and most importantly, how to make it easy for people to consume the information.

Most report authors and data analysts have not had any training in principles of data visualisation/presentation. Why choose a line chart over a bar chart? What is a bullet chart and when to use it? What colours should you use and where and why? These and other important questions are addressed during this technology independent one-day course, based upon the teachings of Stephen Few, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, Edward Tufte and others.

This training is suitable for anyone that needs to communicate with data.


Click to watch a short discussion between Chris Kearns (UK Regional Manager) and Ian Stuart (Principal Consultant and Data Visualisation specialist) about Data Visualisation best practices. Be sure to watch to the end to see testimonials from University of South Wales and University of Aberdeen.

Course Outline

Day 1:

    • Purpose, definitions, and goals of Data Visualisation
    • Some Design Concepts including design examples in everyday life
    • Visual Perception: Human Visual perception and how it applies to data presentation.
    • Data Visualisation Design Principles: 11 rules to guide your designs plus considerations for designing for accessibility as well as mobile devices.
    • Choosing Effective Visual Elements: Covers all common chart types including pro’s & cons and best practices.
    • The Design Process: The business and technical steps required to build effective data visualisations and the order in which they should be executed.
    • Dashboard Design: Dashboard design rules, common mistakes, and real-life examples.
    • Storytelling with Data: An introduction to storytelling with data to bring your visualisations to life and to help convince an audience.

Day 2: (optional)

    • Students bring along examples of their dashboard designs for critique by the group and trainer. This gives students the opportunity to apply their learnings from day one and is an effective way of helping them transition from the classroom to the real world.


Course Prerequisites

    • Have created reports and/or dashboards in any toolset.
    • Have a desire to produce high-quality data visualisations according to proven techniques.


Pricing & Logistics

    • Please contact your local regional office for pricing.
    • Training delivered at your offices or remotely via online delivery.
    • Capped at 15 attendees to ensure maximum personal attention.
    • Training can be customised to suit your needs.
    • We can also provide follow-on consulting to help students develop their first best-practice Power BI reports/dashboards. This can be an effective way to help students successfully transition from the classroom to the real world.

Get in touch if you’d like to find out more about our training options

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Regional Manager:
Emilio Gazis

Level 6
219 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000

+61 2 9211 1522



Regional Manager:
Katrina Pilcher

Ground Floor
65 Canberra Ave
Griffith ACT 2603

+61 2 6262 5422



Regional Manager:
Andy Painter

Level 14
45 William St
Melbourne VIC 3000

+61 3 9913 7100



Regional Manager:
Alex Gray

Level 6
152 Quay Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1010

+64 9 369 1910



Regional Manager:
Chris Kearns

6 Hays Lane
London Bridge, London
United Kingdom SE1 2HB

+44 7704 957 438