Chart Spark

Innovative thinking in data communication


Chart Spark

Innovative thinking in data communication


Learn how to think more creatively. This course is tailored for those who want to communicate data in innovative, impactful ways. We can’t rely on our ability to use software tools alone. We need a framework and exercises to bring creative thinking into our day-to-day projects. This fun course will show you how to do just that!

Who’s it for?

This course is for you if…

  • You want to visually communicate data in new, impactful, and creative ways.
  • You panic when it’s time to brainstorm new ideas.
  • You want to be valued for the way you think, not how well you use software tools.

This course will share a process and a toolbox of techniques to help you generate creative ideas. No artistic skills necessary!

Chart Spark | Data Literacy
Chart Spark | Data Literacy

What will I learn?

By the end, you’ll have nine prompts to use during your data communication projects, each designed to meet a specific need and inspire innovative ideas:

  • Care: Practice your openness to ideas, get inspired, and persevere through roadblocks.

  • Coax: Stop procrastinating on a project, gain a new perspective, and find meaning in your data.

  • Communicate: Align expectations with your collaborators, find a visual metaphor, and create novelty.

How’s the course structured?

Each lesson includes a video that’s divided into three sections:

  • Core Concept
  • In Action
  • Your Turn

You’ll learn how to use the prompt, see an example, and then given the resources to try it yourself!

Chart Spark | Data Literacy
Chart Spark | Data Literacy

What’s included?

  • A digital copy of Chart Spark by acclaimed information designer Alli Torban
  • Perpetual access to the Chart Spark on-demand course, offering:
    • 10 course lessons with instructional videos and activities
    • A total of ~60 minutes of video content
    • The audiobook chapter for each lesson
    • Your own digital Spark Journal

What our students are saying…

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How can I take the class?

As an individual, you can enroll in the on-demand course, start right away, and progress through the lessons at your own pace right here on our site. 

If you are looking for training for your entire team, contact us for group rates. Our courses can be taken on-demand in our learning platform or uploaded into your organization’s learning management system via our SCORM or Tin Can / xAPI files.

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About the Instructor

Alli Torban is the Senior Data Literacy Advocate at Data Literacy, LLC with more than 15 years of experience solving complex data challenges for government agencies, research institutes, and corporate clients. Alli possesses technical expertise in data communication and a demonstrated talent for combining data and design in an inclusive way, making her a highly effective information designer and trainer. Her efforts to share her knowledge on her popular podcast, Data Viz Today, earned her the Impactful Community Leader award from the Data Visualization Society. Alli’s also the author of Chart Spark (Data Literacy Press, 2023).

“The Fundamentals of Data Literacy course has provided a great foundation for our employees as they begin their data fluency journeys. Our staff members quickly grabbed onto the idea of being data-informed and considering the role of intuition in their data work. The course is unintimidating and accessible for colleagues that are completely new to data, but the project work allows more experienced team members to challenge themselves by applying their learning to their daily work. This course has helped us to create a common language around data and is a valuable starting place for our data fluency programming.”
Data Fluency Manager, US-based Private Equity Firm
Ben is an exceptional teacher. Definitely in my top 5%. He invites learners to engage fully, answering questions with respect and providing ideas for further study. Ben showed us dozens of useful tips to present our data professionally and with integrity. He creates efficient lesson plans, designs useful homework exercises, and provides feedback and support that helps us all excel as busy, adult learners. I finished the class feeling that it was the highest value class I’d ever taken.
Porsche Everson, President, Relevant Strategies
“Ben Jones is a fantastic teacher whose passion for data that leaves an impression. It’s hard not to get excited about data visualization in his class, between all the jaw-dropping examples and interesting history. I learned a lot and would highly recommend working with Ben if you’re looking to enter the data viz world!”
“Ben’s classroom presence and the ease with which he leads is inspiring. He has an infectious passion for Data that transcends into every single student bringing out the very best in them. He made me fall in love with data visualization. One of the things he said in the class that stuck with me is “with the power of data comes responsibility”.”
Swati Swaminathan, Global Program Manager, Amazon Incentives
“In our class Ben expertly guided us through working with data and exploring how it touches our careers and lives. In each session I knew we’d learn useful tips and approaches to finding the stories in data. Every day I use the skills and insight Ben taught us.”
Sean Downing, Data Scientist
“Ben’s incredible depth of knowledge and passion for this field really shine through, and combined with his ability to explain the material in such a clear and straightforward manner really made the class valuable and fun.”
I feel very fortunate to have begun my data visualization training with Ben. His ability to weave theory and practice together seamlessly left me with an understanding not just of how to assemble good visualizations, but why different data stories lend themselves to different visualization techniques.”
“I highly recommend taking a course from this team. You could be a seasoned data analyst however the information covered in the courses really cements you in understanding concepts rather than specific analytical tools. It helps you hone the analytical skills that can be applied to any type of analysis tool. The instructor was very passionate about the subjects which resulted in a very engaging experience which can often be lost on Zoom.”
Deborah Jones
“Data Literacy is very important and this company is bringing DL to everyone. The course I took was great and very interesting. I’ve got to know the fundamentals of DL, which I knew very little 😀 I recommend the courses of Data Literacy to anyone who wants to know more about data, or anyone who wants to improve the quality of their work.”
Susana Martins Marques
“As an aspiring data analyst, I truly learned so much from Data Literacy Level 1 course! I am definitely walking away with a broader level of fluency and also a clear set of chart reading tips to make visual representations of data more effective. This course also offers an important dimension of context to charts that helps tremendously in orienting yourself while navigating charts as a beginner.”
Meghna Shetty
“The learning experience was effortless. Everything was well designed and planned.”
Heidi Sonkkila, Data Consultant at GoFore
“Content is spot on. The time to ingest the material is very manageable.”
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