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Could you become a data design champion?
Behind every well designed report there is a data design champion.
They only sometimes recognize their own talent. And even then, they tend to give far more credit to technology than it deserves. But the reality is, without that person behind the scenes, the cool looking infographic would never exist. Neither would that sleek visual presentation or easy to read slidedoc.
The technology used to create cool things doesn’t work without a person. And if nobody on your team takes the initiative, the status quo remains.
And that’s the secret. It’s not just talent or skill, but initiative. Anyone with the desire to learn could develop the skills to become a data design champion. There are tons of tricks and tools that a person can use to create better infographics and reports.
You could become THE person who makes better design happen in your organization or with your clients. It just involves commitment to building your own skill set, trying new things, and lots of practice.
Introducing DiY Data Design.
DiY Data Design is a private learning community designed to support aspiring data design champions. The people who join are motivated to go beyond the status quo, committed to self-discovery, willing to do the work, and eager to create.
All data design journeys are unique, but they can all benefit from things like:
- Direct support from a data design mentor.
- Introductions to new technology.
- Cutting edge education.
- Networking with data design peers.
- Access to tutorials and templates.
Delivered from within a safe space, free from Cre-Haters and serial Nit Pickers.
What I mean by safe space.
A privacy first attitude. Your work will never be shared outside of the group without your permission. I often stop recording a coaching session so that participants can feel free to privately share their work.
There are no stupid questions. Ask any question without fear of judgment or rejection. We all start somewhere and it’s always okay to ask even the most basic of questions.
A welcoming community. This is a community that welcomes members from diverse backgrounds including race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, neurodiversity, and physical ableness.
Participate as much or as little as you would like. Want to lurk in the background, take the included courses, watch replays, and not participate in discussions. Feel Free. The format is open, participate when you have time, take breaks when you don’t. There is no judgment for lack of participation.
Inside DiY Data Design
So what does being a part of a modern learning community actually look like? I would say there are 6 fundamental components that make up DiY Data Design.
1. Weekly whiteboard coaching sessions with Chris.
We get together just about every Wednesday except for the occasional holiday or vacation.
Every session opens with either a tour of a specific piece of software, a lesson on a specific data design process, or a case study review of an actual modern report, infographic or dashboard. This part is always recorded.
Then we dive into a whiteboard coaching session and group discussion. In the second half of sessions members are encouraged to share their work, processes, and experiences.
2. A coaching session recording archive.
I always believed that a successful workshop or course always left you with something. A takeaway that you could apply to your own work. Every coaching session is designed to deliver at least one practical takeaway, if not a bunch.
As such, our recording archive is filled with valuable takeaways. We’ve already been operating as a community for 9 months, meeting weekly. And as a bonus, I’ve also included short courses and lessons from my original diy data design workshop. This gives you hours and hours of content you’ll have access to the minute you register.
3. An online circle community hub.
In a lot of ways DiY Data Design is a learning community for people who don’t always have the time to be active in a community.
We are built on a Circle community site. There you’ll find a space where you can learn about upcoming events, freely share your work, get feedback, and ask questions. You can also build out your profile to introduce yourself and your learning goals to me and your fellow community members.
You are not required to visit often, or ever, if an online community is not your style. It’s a site that is there if and when you need it. I will also personally read every post that goes onto the site and will usually reply within the next day or two.
4. Self paced courses.
As a DiY Data Design member you will also gain access to a set of self-paced courses. There are a few existing courses right now, with another handful slated for release this summer and fall.
- Lunch Break Sessions – Series 1 (diydatadesign exclusive)
- 1.2.3. Report! (soon to be unpublished and archived)
- DataViz for Anti-Racism (currently unpublished and archived)
Upcoming course release schedule:
- Effortless Infographics (Summer 2022)
- Canva Jumpstart (Summer 2022)
- Flourish Jumpstart (Summer 2022)
- Logic Models and Theory of Change (Fall 2022)
5. Data Design Template Collection
You will gain access to a growing collection of specially designed Canva and Flourish design templates. These designs are available to copy and use in your own work.
In the future this collection will also include PowerPoint infographic templates, Excel chart templates, and Data Design Worksheets.
6. Hands on support and coaching from Chris Lysy
As a consultant my minimum project size is in the thousands of dollars. Through this learning community model I get to offer direct hands-on support at a fraction of the cost. I love to teach and will go out of my way to support our community members.
Feel like it’s a match?
Registration is currently closed and will re-open in September.
To be first to learn when registration re-opens, join my free self-paced course: 1.2.3. Report!