Over the industry our workplaces are increasingly demanding that we are comfortable with words and numbers and pictures, a skill set that our education system doesn’t serve very well.

It’s at the overlap of words, numbers and pictures where there is often a need for some friendly guidance and encouragement which is exactly what I offer through my workshops.

'Successful infographics', full day workshop, news:rewired, February 2015. Photo credit: Mark Hakansson

‘Successful infographics’, full day workshop, news:rewired, February 2015. Photo credit: Mark Hakansson

Given every organisation’s situation is unique I tailor courses specifically for the audience. To get a sense of where all this can lead listed below are some examples of workshops I have designed and delivered in the past couple of years, with feedback.
Introduction to data visualisation and infographics Full day workshop hosted by the Social Research Association (this course is ongoing – see dates above)

“Excellent introduction to the subject”
“Good pace and content, very well delivered”
“Very interactive, lots of good examples of what to do and what not to do”
“The day had a good mix of listening, discussion and group exercises”
“Examples used were relevant and useful”
“I enjoyed all of it, especially the interactive elements and group work”
“Particularly liked hearing what others thought and were experiencing themselves”
“Materials were very up to date”
“A really insightful workshop with a friendly, knowledgeable and engaged tutor”

Introduction to data visualisation and infographics Full day workshop for Skills Development Scotland’s Evaluation and Research team

“An excellent introduction, tailored to our requirements with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenter”

Working with numbers Half day workshop for Reed Business Information journalists

“Best training course I’ve been on in ages”, “she was an excellent trainer”, “great mix of practical exercises and examples”, “really helpful framework for thinking about this”

Visual journalism Full or half day workshop for journalists new to using visuals in their work online

BBC World Service: “…well structured day…”, “The trainer is so efficient, does not make you feel she is lecturing, she is part of the group”, “…the exercise was great from start to finish, and it was lovely working as a table and sharing our ideas…”

EMAP: “It was a really helpful course. I’m plotting as I type!”

Data journalism Half day workshop for BBC World Service designers

Q: “What was the main thing you took away from the session?”
A: “Excel session was practical and useful”, “methodology for quick sketching in excel”, “probing the brief”, “exercise looking for alternative stories within the data set”, “the sessions illustrated the capability of the team and the productivity of team work”

Could you be an infografista? Full day masterclass for second year graphic design students at Bath Spa University

“I really really enjoyed the day and learnt a ton. Also Lulu was a really good teacher and really friendly too suggesting we stay in contact with her which was nice of her. It would be really good to have more days like this, it was intense but I feel I’ve taken a lot away so thanks :)”

Knowledge Visualisation Full day masterclass for members of the Knowledge and Innovation Network (all non-designers)

“Thanks for the inspiring and helpful knowledge visualisation session last week. A number of people have already asked if we would re-run [it] later this year…in a larger room and for the whole day!”

Tips and advice from a designer Talk and feedback session for engineers designing a poster about their research

“Thank you so much for all your help with my poster. I’m really pleased with it, and was delighted to win the competition overall. It was lovely to meet you and to learn from you and I really appreciate your input.”

Workshops can be a whole day or half a day, or a couple of sessions in combination. As a general rule groups of eight are a good size to allow everyone to get involved.

If you think there’s something I could help you with, please get in touch contact at lulupinney dot co dot uk

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