I am an independent Data Visualization Designer.
I design learning experiences through static data visualizations.
Why communicate through data visualization
Data visualization is one of the few mediums that reveals the big picture while also allowing us to zoom in to gain new insights through comparability and trends.
There are two ways I work with data:
Viz the world
“Massive Change is not about the world of design; it’s about the design of the world” – Bruce Mau
I view data visualization in the same way. We see many reports and dashboards that aid our understanding about a topic. But, I believe data visualization can soar beyond this by integrating into our everyday life through novel solutions.
For example, I incorporated data visualization into the design of a restaurant menu to help customers more easily “digest” a complex list of offerings. Another example is when I created a unique solution to communicate amendments made to the US Bankruptcy Code through a series of cards.
There is a lot of potential to explore the human condition and the nuances of how we live through data. Similar to film documentaries, data documentaries capture what is happening, except it condenses time. By visualizing the invisible at a glance, we can form deeper connections with ourselves and each other.
For example, I collected and visualized three months’ worth of data on my daily muscle aches to better understand my overall health. I learned that my mental state is deeply connected to my physical state, and it inspired others to collect data on themselves as well. Data documentaries do a great job at showing abstract concepts. When I was working at Kantar, I wanted to capture the warmth and positivity I felt from the people there. I documented the number of laughs I heard through the day for several weeks. This visualization speaks about how laughter fosters joy and relationships.
What I am currently working on
I make Instagram carousels exploring data visualization practices and test out various ideas. I am currently participating in the daily creative challenge called the 100daychallenge that runs from April to July. This year, I am studying books designed by Pentagram (a renowned design consultancy) to better understand book layout.
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I’ve had many insights about life, work, data visualization, design, and creativity ever since I became an independent designer. I have been documenting them as much as I can. I write for Medium publications, write on my blog, and discuss on various Slack channels. I decided that I wanted to put all of my thoughts into something less formal while keeping it consistent. A newsletter seemed like the ideal way to do this. It’s not a newsletter meant for clients, it’s meant for people who want to learn more about what it’s like to be an independent data visualization designer.