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Deciphering Data: How to Present Tables, Charts, and Graphs

October 28, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Western Development Museum, Saskatoon

Editors and writers often deal with numbers, tables, and charts but are rarely offered training in the skills of data presentation.

This friendly, practical workshop focuses on the tricks of presenting numeric data so that it is easy to read and understand. Based on the work of statisticians, but developed for the non-statistician, the workshop will provide essential tools for clear, persuasive, and unambiguous numeric communication.

This workshop is for editors, designers, communicators, writers, journalists—anyone who routinely deals with data.

The day will cover the following:

  • Rules of plain figures 
  • Use of tables and table design
  • Use of charts, chart design 
  • Tips on writing about numbers
  • An introduction to data visualization

Each participant will receive a copy of A Designer’s Guide to Presenting Numbers, Figures, and Charts, written by Sally Bigwood and Melissa Spore.

About Sally

Sally Bigwood, a leading expert in data presentation, is the director of Plain Figures, a UK–Canadian training and consultancy business. For 15 years Sally has trained professionals from a variety of organizations including, Random House Publishing, National Audit Office, London, Norwegian Medical Association, UK Civil Service, KPMG and other accountants.

Sally co-authored, with Melissa Spore, A Designer’s Guide to Presenting Numbers, Figures, and Charts, published in 2013. When she isn’t thinking about numbers, Sally does stand up comedy and has won accolades from the BBC and ITV.


EAC members non-members
Early bird (by October 14) $170 $190
After October 14 $220 $240

* You must be a member at the time of registration.

Fees include handouts, lunch, refreshments, and parking.

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