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Basics of Visual Design
Data Visualization Storytelling. (online course through Williams' LinkedIn)
Learning Infographic Design. (online course through Williams' LinkedIn)
Data Vizualization Best Practices.(online course through Williams' LinkedIn)
LinkedIn Learning offers many tutorials and courses on a wide variety of topics. Williams College has full access to LinkedIn Learning and is available to the College community using your Williams credentials. Below are a selection of courses relevant to creating effective presentations.
- Story boarding
- Effective Presentation
- Data Visualization
Visual Design Tools @ Williams
Software specific to visual design are available in Williams computer classrooms and spaces across campus. These include:
- Microsoft Powerpoint
- Google Slides
Graphic design tools:
- Adobe Illustrator
Images editing tools:
Complete list of computer labs
Complete list of software available in computer labs
Williams also offers software and production/post-production spaces for audio/video composition.
When starting a visual presentation, you may consult with an STC at the Sawyer CET Student Help Desk for basic assistance with the software above.
For questions about design principles or techniques, please contact an Instructional Technology Specialist to discuss your project and select the tool best suited to your goals.
Specific people to talk to:
Visual Design Tools Beyond Williams
There are many graphic design and publishing products available beyond those provided at Williams. When looking at these commerical products you will need to consider the type of access available - is it a free product? does it allow sharing? does it allow file imports/exports? and so on. If you have questions about a commercial product for use beyond Williams please consult with an Instructional Technology Specialist to discuss your project and select the tool best suited to your goals.
Here are some suggestion of starting points:
- Google Slides (comes with standard Google account)
- Inkscape (free / open source)
- GIMP (free / open source)
No Williams subscription. You can use the free mode to create basic presentations. Advanced features require a subscription.
- Infographic tools: 19 incredible options
Infographic creation tools from easy to professional. Many offer free start-up or trial options to create basic designs.
- 35 incredible dataviz tools
List of most frequently used data visualization tools. Many offer free start-up or trial options to create basic designs.