The 5Cs Data Visualisation System
Get the course for designing effective graphs that tell stories and become an expert communicator.
2 hours of video and 209 pages showing you how I visualised and presented data for senior UK & US government.
What my students say about the 5C system:
Process Improvement Analyst
"By better understanding how to use color and visuals to make certain information stand out, I've been able to direct my audience's attention to the most important information, resulting in faster, more productive meetings and getting my next projects approved."
"I wish I had this course when I first started my career... reflecting on some of the charts I used to present... 😬 Learning about Gestalt Principals and Cognitive Load alongside learning his 5Cs approach to chart design has been fantastic. My presentations to stakeholders will now be greatly improved at getting to the key information."
Director of Business Development
"I organised a guest lecture with Nicholas on the principles of data visualisation, where he shared his system of breaking it down into a series of design choices. The well structured content coupled with his engaging speaking style made everything easy to understand and retain."
What is the 5Cs Data Visualisation System?
Do you want to:
Get congratulated every time you give a presentation?Build a reputation for being a great communicator?Achieve the kind of visibility at work that invites opportunity? (think: promotions & payrises)
I'm sharing my data visualisation system that did exactly that for me.
If you're like I was, you need to visualise and present data regularly, yet you don't know how to do so effectively.
(Or worse: you've never even thought about it before!)
It's funny that we spend so much time thinking about the words we speak & write in presentations and reports.
Painstaking effort spent editing each sentance for maximum impact...
...yet we settle for the default chart settings, leaving most of the impact behind.
The old cliché says a picture is worth a thousand words and done right, effective data visualisation tells powerful stories.
Get it right? You'll be recognised as a great communicator, making it easy to get your proposals, projects and models approved.
Get it wrong? You'll confuse and alienate your audience, who'll ignore (or reject!) what you're presenting.
The 5Cs Data Visualisation system teaches you visual design and design psychology, and a proven system for applying them.
If you want to:
Learn how to capture your audience's interest immediately
Understand the 2 clever design principles that let you literally direct your audience's attention
Uncover the psychology behind easily understood graphs - and see what makes a bad graph
Get a tried-and-tested way to build effective data visualisations quickly, without spending hours worrying about design choices
Become confident presenting data, building your reputation at work as a masterful communicator
Learn 4 evolutions of data storytelling and when to deploy each
Consistently get across the 'last mile' hurdle, becoming a trusted, influential and successful data professional
Then the 5Cs data visualisation system is for you.
13 lessons, including a bonus lesson on Data Storytelling
134 minutes of video
209 page reference PDF (containing the everything from my speech in the videos, written out if you can't watch the videos)
5Cs system blank template to make notes for your own visualisation projects
Lesson 1: Introduction (13:46)
Lesson 2: Encoding data visually (16:48)
Lesson 3: Pre-attentive attributes (4:53)
Lesson 4: Gestalt principles of design (10:50)
Lesson 5: Cognitive load and visual hierarchy (7:25)
Lesson 6 (BONUS LESSON): Data storytelling (12:35)
Lesson 7: Introduction to the 5Cs system (3:21)
Lesson 8: Chart type (19:32)
Lesson 9: Clarity (10:04)
Lesson 10: Colour (8:26)
Lesson 11: Clutter (6:05)
Lesson 12: Context (10:38)
Lesson 13: Using the 5Cs system (9:22)
Who am I?
I'm a senior analyst and ex-engineer with over 9 years' experience visualising data in the national security and defence sectors.
I used to find it hard to design effective data visualisations because I didn't understand good design.
After years of research, learning, trial and error (plenty!) I became so effective at presenting data that I was promoted multiple times.
I became responsible for briefing senior UK and US government officials (including the UK Home Secretary and the Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime) to influence decisions and government policy.
But to get there, I read every book I could find and took many courses. What did I learn?
Most dataviz courses don't break design down into actionable steps for you to follow.
I've taken the hard work out for you and designed my own framework that systemises the entire design process: the 5Cs data visualisation system. The output?
Effective data visualisations that maximise your ability to present your findings, help to get projects over the line, and be recognised for your success.
Up until now, I've only shared this system with colleagues, friends, in university lectures and private workshops. Now I've condensed it into an accessible course.
Who is this course for?
Anybody who regularly creates graphs and charts as part of their work, including data scientists, data analysts, business analysts, finance analysts, project managers and HR professionals.
What am I going to learn?
I cover the principles of visual design and design psychology that those other courses do, but then I introduce a system for applying them to produce effective data visualisations. I define effective graphs as those that optimise for 'time to comprehension' and are unlikely to be misinterpreted. This course isn't for you if you're interested in infographics or obscure chart types.
What do I need to know before starting this course?
I teach the design principles needed to create truly effective visualisations, not the software. You should know how to create graphs in a tool of your choice, such as Excel, Tableau, PowerBI, matplotlib, ggplot 2 etc.
What's the price?
£40. You'll get lifetime access, and I want to add more content based on your feedback.
Because you get immediate access to all resources, there are no refunds. If you're unsure, I'd recommend thinking it over to ensure this is right for you.
Why is it so cheap? Other dataviz courses I've seen run from £499 up to £1999?!
I honestly believe in making these skills available to as many people as possible. Data visualisation is a crucial communication skill, and you only need to look at how badly the media got it reporting on the pandemic to see it's desperately in demand. High courses prices are a barrier to people who could really benefit from this content. My hope is you'll enjoy this course, and spread the word to others.
I don't own any professional recording equipment or fancy editing software. If you're wanting a course with the fancy production values that demand a big price tag, this isn't for you. I'm just filming on my webcam to get my experience and knowledge to you.
What do I do next?
Click the 'buy the course' button and get started.