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Data-Driven Platforms

Two-Day Workshop in Singapore with Mahir Yavuz of R/GA
Date: November 16–17, 2015
Time: 09:00–18:00
Location: ERCI Campus, 30 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188647
Limited Seats Available
Participation Fee:


Please email to register. As spaces are limited, sign up early to reserve your slot! Registration closes on November 6, 2015. 

We are pleased to announce an upcoming two-day workshop with data visualization expert Mahir Yavuz in Singapore. As the current creative director of Data Science and Visualization at R/GA, which was named 2015 Agency of the Year by Cannes Lions and AdAge, Yavus is a seasoned veteran at designing and developing interactive visualizations with a focus on communication, complexity, and elegance. In this workshop, he will impart both the theoretical framework and the practical know-how that one needs in order to develop a visual representation from an idea into a data-driven solution.

The course is structured around the utilitarian use of data visualizations built on the principles of data science. Alongside a substantial selection of projects, key publications such as Envisioning Information and Data Flow: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design will serve as inspiration.

Over the course of two days, each participant will produce a presentation targeting a fictional brand as well as a prototype of their proposed solution. Key themes such as data-driven design, information aesthetics, and the semiology of graphics will be introduced in a lecture, and further discussions will review how brands formulate ideas to use in data-driven systems as well as an overview of which methods of visual representation might be the most appropriate to express a range of datasets.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Use common tools and software in the data visualization field
- Identify the appropriate data-driven solution for a dataset
- Extract and contextualize open data from various resources
- Conduct a Data Discovery and UX Workshop for clients
- Troubleshoot problems that large companies often face

Required: Laptop computer. Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Excel are recommended but not required.

About the host


Mahir Yavuz is the creative director of Data Science and Visualization at R/GA and a Ph.D. candidate in Interface Culture at the University of Art and Design Linz. Yavuz has been working as a lead designer and visualization expert in various projects in Turkey, Austria and the United States since 2000. Between 2006 and 2011, Yavuz was the senior researcher on Information Design at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, and he has also been lecturing and conducting workshops on visualization and information design at universities in Turkey, Austria, Canada and the U.S since 2003. His work has been featured at international exhibits including Ars Electronica Festival, Siggraph, Istanbul Biennial, and ISEA.

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