Telling your story with data visualisation

28 March - 1 April 2022

Training introduction, 28 March 2022

Maarten Lambrechts


Educational approach


Storytelling and data visualisation



EU DATAVIz training program: calendar

ecucational approach

pedagogical approach

100% remote

Asynchronous learning



Video lectures

Exercises & assignments

Live sessions

16 hours of training, spread over 5 working days

pedagogical approach

Live SessioNs

Training introduction (Monday morning)

Feedback & discussions (Friday Afternoon)

Questions & answers (Wednesday)

Training closure (Friday afternoon)


Good stories are engaging

storytelling techniques

Trigger curiosity

Create empathy with characters

Story arc and rythm

Really Good stories teach you something


Connect the dots

Storytelling and dataviz?

Storytelling & dataviz

Let audience learn without effort

Make taking away the message as easy as possible

Make understanding a chart easy

let all elements in your chart work together

Storytelling & dataviz

People empathise with people, not with numbers

But data my refer to people

Data may relate to daily life

storytelling techniques for data driven stories


16 hours of study time, to be spread over this week

Suggested order of modules...

... but some have prerequisite models, to be completed first

Live sessions have a fixed timing:

This introduction live session Now
Q&A live session Wednesday 30/03, 16-17h
Assignment results discussion Friday 1/04, 2:30-3:30h
Closing live session Friday 1/04, 3:30-4:30h

Assignments submission deadline: Friday 1/04, 10:00

The platform for the training is Notion:

Create an account with your EU email address: instructions

You will be added as a guest to the training materials. This will allow you to:

  • find all the training materials and links easily
  • add comments and questions
  • submit assignments

All module pages have a link to the next module at the bottom, and a link to the overview page

Track your progress by duplicating the training progress page (create a private workspace and then click the Duplicate link in the top navigation)

You have comment permissions on all pages, so you can add questions directly in the pages (you can mention me with "@Maarten Lambrechts")

You have edit permissions on the assignment pages, so you can add your submission directly to these pages



EU DataViz training 2022: calendar

Design principles for data visualisation
7 - 11 March
Telling your story with data visualisation
28 March - 1 April
Pitfalls in data and data visualisation
25 - 29 April
Dataviz in practice: all the dirty little tricks no one tells you about 30 May - 3 June
A deep dive into chart types: bars, lines and beyond 27 June - 1 July
Make your audience inclusive: accessibility for data visualisation 19 - 23 September
A language to think and talk about visualisations: the Grammar of Graphics 17 - 21 October

have fun studying and learning!

Training 2: Telling your story with data visualisation - introduction

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