Principles of Chart Design

| Aspects of Leadership Applicable to This Course

Most presentations are awful.  Not only do they lack a story but the charts used to convey information are cluttered, confusing, and distracting.  These issues lead to long, pointless meetings, constant rework of bad charts, and leave your audience with a bad impression of your work.

In this program, our instructors teach participants how to design charts that are consistent, concise, clear, and clean. Participants learn:

  • The basic elements of charts and why they’re important
  • The types of quantitative charts and the appropriate situation to use each one
  • The types of qualitative charts and when to use them
  • The 4 C’s of charting: consistent, concise, clear, and clean and how to apply them
  • How storylines connect to and drive chart design

Throughout the course, participants are introduced to various chart types and styles.  They’re led through exercises where they apply the tools and techniques to actual presentations and charts on which they’re working so they can see the real-world application of these methods and how they improve the quality of their work product.  Essentially, we teach you how to go

from: Bad Chart Example      to:      Good Chart Example

The target audience for this course consists of individuals in analytical or persuasive roles at mid- to senior levels of corporations (e.g., analysts, managers, mid-level executives). The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Clearer communications leading to more efficient and effective decision making and reduced decision making time
  • Less rework of bad presentations and charts
  • Fewer meetings spent figuring out confusing data and frameworks and more time spent on executing the ideas the charts are trying to convey

Please contact us to arrange for this course to be trained at your organization.