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Studies have shown that readers will only spend 3 to 8 seconds looking at each plot in a report before deciding whether to invest more time examining that plot or to move on to the next part of the report (Storytelling with Data, Cole). Hence as a data illustrator we need to design our plots very carefully so that within that very brief time window we have achieved the following aims:
• To highlight the key pattern that we want readers to take away from the plot (we should not expect readers to be able to identify this pattern for themselves, instead we need to do everything we can to make this pattern obvious to them)
• To motivate the reader to a “Call to Action” (if the reader simply learns something from a plot then that is of little value more than just entertaining the reader, instead we want to motivate the reader to perform a certain action or make a certain business decision as a result of that plot)
• Hopefully to motivate the reader to invest additional time and mental effort to discern what else they might be able to learn from that plot.
This workshop has two objectives – to teach the design principles required to make plots that really stand out for the reader, and to teach the practical skills required to create these plots within Power BI.
The workshop is relevant to any employee or consultant who is writing reports or producing PowerPoint slides that really need to stand out for their readers (such as senior managers and clients).
Workshop will be held online on the 23rd and 24th of January.
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Statistical Society of Australia (SSA)
PO Box 213
Belconnen ACT 2616 Australia
02 6251 3647www.statsoc.org.auABN 82 853 491 081
Please direct enquiries to:
Marie-Louise Rankin, Executive Officer
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