Over the past few years data visualisations, infographics and visual storytelling have become increasingly popular ways for businesses and organisations to convey information. The undeniable strength of these methods is the ability to present often complex data and information in a visually engaging way.

Whilst big business has been quick to take advantage of these methods to get their message across, the not-for-profit sector has struggled to do the same, mainly due to the lack of skills, money and access to the creative community.

Here at Small Media we help human rights organisations (HROs) across the Middle East to use media, design and technology in their quest for a fairer society. Our aim with this workshop is to connect HROs that have fascinating data and powerful stories to tell with talented people in the visual storytelling community. The result, we hope, will be a truly unique experience for all involved.


We have a stellar group of internationally renowned and award winning information designers lined up as mentors for this workshop, including Stefanie Posavec, Pierre La Baume and Maral Pourkazemi.

They will guide you through the design and research process and teach you all the dos and don’ts of working with the data/information sets. It’s also a unique opportunity to work directly with HROs that have powerful new and original data and information that they need visualised. If you are looking for a passion project then this is it!

Did we mention that this workshop is run in partnership with VISUALIZEDio London? This means if you are invited to attend the workshop you will also get a seat for the data, design and storytelling conference being held on the 22nd of November.


If you are a data journalist, journalist, designer, interface/interaction designer, analyst, coder, researcher, or simply someone with a great passion for visualisations then we want to hear from you. Since the workshop is one of the first of its kind, and it is also free (!), we expect a lot of submissions, so please make the most of the application form that we have created for you below. The application deadline is Sunday, August 17.

PS: If you don’t live in London and you are super talented we will be able to get you over, the only requirement is that you are able to travel to the UK (so no visa issues).

Submission is open now (Google form). Application deadline 17 August.