Teaching Data Visualization and Storytelling with Data Comic Workshops

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This paper presents a method for hands-on creation of data comics through a workshop context as well as a description of the results, lessons learned and future improvements. Data comics is a promising format for data-driven storytelling, leveraging the power of data visualization and visual storytelling with comics. However, authoring data comics requires various skills and the creation process is manifold. Our workshop aimed at 1) understanding the comic creation process, 2) developing validated blue-print for future workshops, 3) reflecting on challenges and potential improvements. Within a 3-week assignment for an Illustration class, we ran three 3-hour sessions. Our design was informed by the experiences of previous data-comics workshops. Results show the creative potential of collaborating with illustrators on data comics and how their approach to the format can inform workshops for all. Challenges to learn from the workshop include the stages to introduce data visualizations and journalistic narratives, the structuring stories and the method of iterations of comic drafts. We close by reflecting on these challenges and how they can inform future improvements and adaptations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’19)
Place of PublicationGlasgow, Scotland
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5971-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventCHI2019: Weaving the Threads of CHI - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019


Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • data visualisation
  • comics and graphic novels


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