Data Visualization: Design Infographics in Illustrator

A course by Marco Giannini
Data journalist and Information Designer. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Joined August 2021
, Data journalist and Information Designer

Learn how to communicate complex information through meaningful data-driven images

  • 98% positive reviews (57)
  • 3153 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to communicate complex information through meaningful data-driven images



  • 98% positive reviews (57)
  • 3153 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 11m)
  • 27 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Infographics are an important tool for helping people to understand the world, inspire deeper thinking, and even take action. Marco Giannini has worked as a data journalist and information designer for over 20 years, exploring ways to connect data with images to make clear, memorable, and dynamic designs. He’s the founder of creative studio, Dataspoiler, and has worked with organizations including the IUCN and WWF.

In this course, he teaches you how to make infographics in Adobe Illustrator as you dive into the different types of infographics and their potential. Learn how to examine and organize data, explore design possibilities, and see how to apply what you learn to future projects. See how to translate data and numbers into meaningful and engaging images.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Understanding Infographics
  • U3
    U3. The Data and the Design
  • U4
    U4. Further Arguments on Infographics
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet data journalist and information designer Marco Giannini as he discusses his 20 plus years in the field, what he’s learned, and how the sector has developed. He also talks about what he admires in his profession.

Delve into what infographics and data visualizations are, along with their potential, goals, and possibilities, as you explore your course project. Discover how graphic images can serve as a type of language, then Marco goes through each data element and how to use them in the best way. Learn about the differences between infographics depending on the audience and user context.

Examine data, working with tables and spreadsheets, to organize and understand the information you’re dealing with. Then, Marco teaches you methods for creatively sketching out ways to represent it. Transfer your sketches and data to Illustrator and begin the design process. Next, add color and any other details before taking care of the final touches and seeing how to include secondary graphics alongside the main visualization.

Explore different potential style variations and alternatives. Marco then provides you with an essential guide on choosing infographic styles and content for future projects. Learn when to favor more visually-expressive illustrations over fixed, standard charts and diagrams. End the course with Marco’s tips on how to present your work, whether to clients or on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create a visually appealing infographic consisting of numerical data. The teacher works on an infographic about ‘the top-earning dead celebrities of the past five years’, but you can apply techniques and principles to any topic you like.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in infographics and data visualization - from curious minds to professionals.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is required, along with the software installed on your device.


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Marco Giannini

A course by Marco Giannini

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Data journalist and Information Designer

Marco Giannini has worked as a data journalist and information designer for over 20 years. In the early part of his career, he worked in the infographic sector of the largest Italian newspaper, La Repubblica working as a designer, despite not studying design. He later taught himself programming and studied code as the data visualization sector progressed. Marco is passionate about discovering ways to connect data with images to make understandable and dynamic designs.

Since he started in his field, Marco has experimented with many types of information visualizations across various projects; from newspapers and magazines, to websites and apps. In 2018 he founded his own agency and creative studio, Dataspoiler, and has since worked with international organizations, communication agencies, publishing groups, and exhibitions. His clients include the IUCN, MSF (Doctors Without Borders), WWF, Aurum Press, and Bracco.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Understanding Infographics

    • The Basic Structure of a Layout
    • The World of Informational Graphics
    • The Language of Visualization
    • Elements of Visualization
    • Adapting to the Audience
  • U3

    The Data and the Design

    • Data Analysis and Spreadsheets
    • Sketching Out Our Creativity
    • Designing in Illustrator 1
    • Designing in Illustrator 2
    • Fine-Tuning the Graphic 1
    • Fine-Tuning the Graphic 2
    • Final Touches 1
    • Final Touches 2
  • U4

    Further Arguments on Infographics

    • Potential Design Variations
    • The Choice of the Style
    • The Choice of the Content
    • Visual Encoding vs. Fixed Chart Types
    • Exporting the Infographic
  • FP

    Final project

    • Data Visualization: Design Infographics in Illustrator

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Data Visualization: Design Infographics in Illustrator. Design course by Marco Giannini

Data Visualization: Design Infographics in Illustrator

A course by Marco Giannini
Data journalist and Information Designer. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Joined August 2021
  • 98% positive reviews (57)
  • 3153 students