Why data is more than just numbers

Quick thought: When I'm delivering a training session, or talking to clients, I try to avoid using the term 'data' and instead use the word 'information'.   Many clients and trainees fall into the trap of thinking that data means numbers, whether that's sales figures, yearly activity data or survey results. However, it's more useful to think of data as information  - which can cover anything from times and dates, locations, systems, lists of names...

Studio Diary: 19 Apr 2016 – Levellers, text-wrangling and hi-res images

 19 April 2016 10:45am My desk Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Levellers, Levelling the Land Amorphous Androgynous     I'm working on a couple of fairly straightforward infographic projects today. I prefer to have several projects on the go at a time - it means I always have something to work on, even if some are with clients for review.   Arts report I'm creating 5 A4 graphics to be inserted into a Word report. These 5 pages ar

Pink for girls and blue for boys

Every time I need to create a gender-related chart, i.e. the number of men or women doing XYZ and I need to use colour to define between them, I always ask the same question? Should I automatically use pink for girls and blue for boys? There are a dozen reasons why not - and I'd prefer not to get into a gender debate here (there are more suitable locations for that sort of debate). However, when creating charts it's important to keep things simple...

Infographics for Housing Associations

It's been all about housing associations recently! I'm currently working on an annual report infographic for Thames Valley Housing (covering their key statistics) but was also recently invited to speak to a network group of National Housing Federation communications professionals in the West Midlands. I delivered a 45 minute talk on infographics including: why infographics the process of developing them some key tools. What I find inte...

Sunday Mirror – Justice on Trial supplement

Last weekend I was incredibly proud to see a series of my infographics appear in the Sunday Mirror newspaper. I had been commissioned to work on the graphics, in collaboration with the Ampp3d data journalism team and the editorial staff at the newspaper. I think it's fair to say it's my most high-profile piece of work to date, and the staff at the paper were incredibly pleased with the results! You can see a few of the pages below: