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What a great day that was – thanks so much for a brilliant workshop and a fun atmosphere. 

A fantastic learning experience.

Absolutely stellar workshop.

All the resources sent by email at the end take the ticket price from Good Value to Great Value.

As a beginner to data visualisation, it was a fantastic introduction and has given me a lot of hints/tips that I hope to be able to apply going forward.

Can’t fault it – a great session, entertaining and educational

David has a great sense of humour which makes the lecture very accessible.

David is a great presenter/tutor with a relaxing manner. His sense of humour and honesty about the task ahead for the newbie helps make challenging subject matter accessible.

David is a wonderful speaker–interesting and keeps things moving.

Fabulous. I’m at the beginning of my dataviz journey and have come away inspired to never do a bar graph again! Love the interactive elements, and David’s conversational and accessible presentation style was non-threatening for the beginner.

Fantastic seminar. Was really good to see your process to compare to my own.

Good presenter. Great visuals. Nice feel to the course – not intimidating!

It was an enjoyable experience for a designer who has strayed into an IT / business strategy role.

This course gave a lot of context to the *process* of doing this. Invaluable. Also, I am leaving feeling empowered and ready to try these methods. Very excited about it!

I came away feeling inspired and would love to get my team signed up – we previously paid someone to come do an in-house session which cost far more and didn’t bring half as much to the session as this one did.

I can’t believe you held my attention for that long, it was a great workshop!

I love that this is such a blend of art and science. It was an excellent introduction for me. I have a background in journalism and software engineering and I plan to use this quite a bit as a project of mine progresses and this gave me a very good initial understand of what is involved. Thank you so much!

The materials are outstanding. Your teaching is clear, beautifully illustrated naturally, and nicely idiosyncratic.

I particularly respected how approachable and friendly David and his team were… I’ve been to other data visualization courses, where it felt like the speaker was a rockstar and had no time for their students…leaving a bad taste towards that experience. This was the entire opposite!

I thought it was a really well presented, engaging and inspiring seminar, thank you!

I work as a Qlik consultant and it’s easy to get caught up in the details of the data or just using basic charts that are the obvious ones. It’s good to be inspired to get creative juices flowing to do something different and think outside the box. Have spent many years reading books on best charts to use, so it is good to come at this from an idea/concept/goal perspective.

I’m working on 2 projects so this workshop really helped with moving them forward.

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It was terrific. I’m new to this and it has inspired me to learn more. There is so much value in how I can use this to shape concepts usefully in my work, persuade decision makers and hopefully inspire action and change their thinking. Very happy with the session today!!!

Overall, this was an incredibly valuable interactive workshop and I personally enjoyed it 10x more than the 1-day Edward Tufte “Presenting Data and Information” class (which I found to be outdated and more conceptual).

Really interesting and informative day. I wasn’t sure that it would work as a virtual offering but actually it worked really well. It helps that David is an engaging speaker. Would definitely recommend.

The intensive was very well-organized, engaging, and fun! It was so smooth and clear. Time flew by!

The workshop is certainly worth the full price. David it is very knowledgeable, his work is great and he is also very clear explaining in his hyper calm style.

The workshop was such a great experience! As a scientist (graduate student), I learned many concepts that I normally don’t think about on a day-to-day basis.

Very inspiring. Excellent structure and presentation. The most professional moderation and choreographing of the teaching I have seen. Truly excellent.
very well explained. I especially liked it when you went into detail about the corrections and iteration of a certain data-vis, really educational to see an idea develop from something pretty ‘meh’ to an intriguing vis.

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comments & feedback from previous years

Enormous and most sincere thanks for the workshop today. It was everything I was hoping for and more. Just loved it!

Thank you – this was a fabulous session! it was marvellous 😀

David is a great presenter/tutor with a relaxing manner. His sense of humour and honesty about the task ahead for the newbie helps make challenging subject matter accessible

I run online training myself and have attended various and this was the gold standard. Great variation of tasks.

Thank you. Fantastic presentation !!!

Thank you so much, David. Really appreciate the wealth of knowledge and insight you’ve shared today.

Thank you, this is such a fun and informative course

Amazing session, kept our attention till the end of the day! loved it

Absolutely a very inspiring and fantastic day ,

I really appreciated hearing about your creative process and it has helped me to feel more confident in jumping into doing more elaborate visualizations and helped me to consider how to tweak my graphic design process slightly to serve data visualization.

such a great session, really comprehensive and appropriate for lots of experience levels.

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I really enjoyed the journey we were led on to try different ways of thinking and approaching data visualisations

It was a beautifully presented workshop

Thank you for the fabulous and fun intensive today, David! I gained so much – a structured process to build and debug graphics, tons of tips and strategies to improve my work and your thoughtful answers to my many questions.

Brilliant session! Thanks DAvid

A lot of fun and very informative

very useful session!

Best class ever

Was great exercise today! Helps both ways – read/ interpret and create/think out of the box 🙂 Will see more inspiration and knowledge in your books. Thanks again and all the best!

Definitely a great addon to what I am doing with Data for User Experience

really interesting

Thanks! This was so fun and very informative 🙂 All the best!

That was a brilliant design for an all day program. Appreciate all of you and grateful for new things to think about and explore

It has reinvigorated my interests in data visualization as I was certain it would.

this workshop was fantastic and worth the wait–many years! Thank you very much!

Thank you so much! I will use all this data to bring some beauty into the boring world of corporate finance

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I learned a lot, and as a budding scientist am excited to implement these concepts to my own research

thank you for sharing detailed, honest information. I wish more people would take the time to understand the data. Thank you for your work

Wanted to say thank you again for the training from yesterday. I learned a lot. Actually I feel that I learned everything 🙂 Seeing your process and early sketches, and also coming up with ideas and concepts so fast was mind opening. Cannot wait for the recording

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The content was comprehensive and we had opportunity to apply in the moment which is so important

worth every penny

I thought that it was extremely useful and well-tailored

Loved the content and the exercises, and all of the tools and info shared in this workshop! Thank you so much for guiding us through this. It was great to hear your tips

I was looking forward to this workshop for weeks, and it exceeded my expectations!

I was really happy that even with having some experience in design and communication, I learned a lot from the workshop!

Learned a lot about how to see / frame data, and ways to present it visually to convey a message.

Lots of brilliant ideas flying about

“Genuinely one of the best workshops I’ve attended…. McCandless is an excellent instructor

We all feel that we learnt a lot about data viz, and it was really fun too. Not something I find myself saying about workshops very often! It was relevant for us all – account managers, strategists, writers, designers, clients. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone wanting to get a real understanding of how to approach data viz.

Thanks for the training. Really really worth it. Immediately applicable also.

David’s presentation style was impressive. He is clearly an expert at his craft but he did not intimidate those of us who are new to creating visualizations….

I loved the way David explained the bottom up approach for making a visualization, it opened my eyes to a new way of doing things. The slides about types of graphics, design methods and types of data story were also really nice to see.

I appreciated that David shared his hand drawn sketches – that really made me feel like I might be able to “do this” because I had the chance to see his process and not just the final product.

David’s manner is open, low key and thoughtful. This is a guy comfortable in his own skin, nothing to prove, no need to hear the sound of his own voice, plenty to show and say, doing his best to be of service to the audience.

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