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Visual Communication: Data Visualisation

A guide for Visual Communication students on finding & referencing high-quality academic books, articles and images, and well as resources for developing graphic design & data visualisation skills.

What is data visualisation? 


Data visualisation is also called information design. It's about presenting otherwise complex or boring information and presenting it in a visually engaging & meaningful way. This could mean making a graph, diagram or infographic

Types of data visualisations


Different types of visualisations. (Image courtesy of Michelle Borkin, Harvard SEAS.)

Different types of Data Visualisations. (Image: Michelle Borkin, Harvard SEAS)

Data visualisations come in all forms and sizes, and depending on your audience and how creative you want to get, there are many options. Below are links to websites covering the various types of data visualisations.

Guides on data visualisation 


Use these books & watches these tutorials to get started with data visualisation & find inspiration and help with designing your own visualisations. 


Use LinkedIn Learning to find tutorials on data visualisation.

Suggested Courses: 

  • Designing an infographic
  • Data visualisation: storytelling
  • Data visualisation: a lesson and listen series


Free data visualisation software


How to make data visualisations

How to access LinkedIn Learning


Click the 'Sign In' button

On a LinkedIn Learning course or video, check the top-right corner. If you are already signed-in, you will see the UTS logo. If not, click the 'Sign In' button. 


Use your UTS email address

Your student email should be your name or student number followed by


Continue to Single Sign-On

You should be prompted to sign in with Single Sign-On. To get this option, make sure you use your UTS email. 


Log in to your UTS email

Sign in to your UTS account using your student email and password. This is the Single Sign-On process. 



You should now be signed in to LinkedIn Learning on your UTS student account. Check the top, right-hand corner; you should see a blue UTS logo.