A pair of contests of interest to infographics people have cropped up today.
First off is related to yesterday’s announcement that Stephen Few would be keynote speaker at the PureShare User’s Group 2009. PureShare is now offering a chance to win a free pass to Stephen Few’s 1-day course to be held March 3rd. The course description:
Dashboards have become a popular means to present critical business information at a glance, but few do so effectively. When designed well, dashboards engage the power of visual perception to communicate a dense collection of information in an instant with exceptional clarity. This can only be achieved by applying visual design skills that address the unique design challenges of dashboards.
Learn these critical skills at an information dashboard design training session presented by Stephen Few, an author and leader in the field of data visualization. Stephen Few will expose the common problems in dashboard design and introduce effective dashboard design practices through examples that explain what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Huge IT investments are made to access and produce actionable information, only to have efforts fail at the very last stage of the process: the presentation of insights to those responsible for making decisions. Protect your investments and maximize your business and operational data by taking this course!
The second contest comes from CoolInfographics, who shows us how to win a signed copy of David McCandless’s “The Visual Miscellaneum”.
Second, and more importantly, it has sold out in the U.S. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and others all show the book to be Out Of Stock. David has what are potentially the last five copies of the first edition, and he is going to sign them and give them away for free.
Visit David’s site, Information is Beautiful, (you should bookmark his site while you’re there) and post a comment ON HIS SITE under his entry about the last five books. On Saturday, January 16th, David will choose five people from the comments to receive the free signed copies.
So go head over and see if you can win!