Ask Jane

Last updated: Mar 6, 2020

I answer questions I get from people who want to learn more about what it's like to work in data visualization. This post will be regularly updated as I get questions from others.

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Why I'm Finally Learning to Draw

Apr 26, 2021

I've hit a roadblock in my dataviz creative process, so I set on a journey to learn how to draw. I embark on this new challenge motivated by my love of historical Chinese TV shows.

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Taking a Moment to Celebrate

Jan 26, 2021

I created a new system where I keep track of wins I get in life with paper stars. It is a way to remind me of my progress so far through physical data visualization.

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Cataloguing My Family's History Through Food

Jan 12, 2021

How could I show recipes beyond the standard cookbook? What are some ways I could visualize data that could last for generations to come?

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Building My Hugo Website as a Noob

Dec 28, 2020

With very little web development skills, I spent over 80 hours learning how to put my site together with Hugo and Netlify.

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Teaching My First Data Visualization Workshop in Toronto

Nov 30, 2020

What it was like to create my first workshop and what I learned from the experience.

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Designing Data Visualizations with the Tekken Community

Aug 3, 2020

I opened my design process to hear feedback and suggestions from the public community on Reddit.

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Data Visualization Style Guide: How I Learned to Design One

May 10, 2020

What’s a data visualization style guide? Why and when is it needed? How do we create one? I initiated a project to better understand them by designing one for Slack.

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How Tekken Reinvented My Data Visualization Design Process

Sep 3, 2020

Engaging the community around this fighting game challenged me to rethink my approach to creating data visualizations.

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How Self-Employed Data Visualization Designers Make a Living

Mar 31, 2020

Interviewing RJ Andrews, Alli Torban, Matt Baker, and Ann K. Emery on how they started—and made—their careers in data visualization.

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How I Quit My Full-Time Job to Pursue a Freelance Career As a Data Visualization Designer

Dec 9, 2019

It’s been four months since I quit my full-time job to pursue a career in data visualization (data viz) design. I thought I’d talk about what I’ve learned thus far so that others might learn something from my journey.

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