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Out of the Swamp

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The fourth of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

A pair of pages describe early data visualization pioneers, binned by the age at which they first published a significant chart, READ MORE

Population Cosmos

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The third of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

Stacked bars allow comparison across nations of the total number of early data visualization pioneers,  READ MORE

Chart-maker Biography

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The second of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

Timeline bars to show you the lives READ MORE

A History of DataViz

After examining the history of data visualization greats I have decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The first of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below. You can explore the entire series here.

A map to guide you through the early developments of data visualization, including cartoons of 75 key charts, in the style of John Ogilby’s 1675 Road Atlas. This image is sized for web-consumption and is only a fraction of the actual piece which can be properly enjoyed via:

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DataViz in the Movies

Data visualization often references comics, film, and mythology for inspiration. The emotional and visual nature of entertainment media provide powerful lessons for us on how to better communicate complex information to a broader audience. But just as we benefit from Hollywood’s tips and tricks, feature films also take short-cuts from our world to weave audiences through its narratives. READ MORE

Turning Data into Cash

How to create meaningful businesses with information

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Cash-making data gnome, by RJ Andrews

Everyone is giving away all of their data to anyone willing to listen. But beware: the products and services you build (how you get cash) on top of this newfound data lode are not equal. READ MORE

Complex Curiosity

How an engineer renounced control and embraced the real world

From complicated to complex: my journey through spaceships, an MBA and medicine to learn how to work in an irrational, chaotic, complex world. Illustration by RJ Andrews.
From complicated to complex: my journey through spaceships, an MBA and medicine to learn how to work in an irrational, chaotic, complex world. Illustration by RJ Andrews.

I thought becoming an engineer would help me understand how the world works. As a high school STEM nerd, I saw the world as a technical place and a technical proficiency as a practical necessity — if you could build a jet engine, what couldn’t you do? And doesn’t it sound like fun? And boy did I have fun. I got to work on the Ferrari F430, a stealth warship, and the biggest baddest LEGO set of them all: NASA’s Space Shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center.

But something was missing. READ MORE

Navigating Data

navigating data with lessons from master storytellers

As a professional data storyteller, I use pictures to show you numbers. Sometimes the pictures are really pretty, sometimes the numbers are controversial — but the pursuit always is to humanize a complicated and complex world into a package that you can more easily appreciate. To create these experiences with data I have learned a lot from different master storytellers across many media: myth, science, comics, radio and film. READ MORE