Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia is a freelance software engineer based out of Los Angeles. He previously interned and worked for large tech companies in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has created several different open source libraries and tools for data visualizations, focusing on Observable notebooks, JavaScript, and SQLite. He currently contracts with a wide range of clients, from pre-seed startups, small tech companies, and data visualization agencies, where he creates data visualizations, frontend tools, and data pipelines.

software engineer

journalist

Ana Lucia Gonzalez​

Ana is a journalist at the Visual Journalism department, at the BBC World Service Languages – which means she gets to work with 40 different language websites! She works creating maps and graphics for everyday news stories, and coordinates the reversioning and adaptation of global visual interactives in the different languages, to different alphabets, numeric systems, alignments, calendars and editorial considerations. Her department has made it their goal to make things work for the many audiences that they cater for. She has also drawn (yes, drawn) numerous dotted borders and lines to make the maps conform to the BBC editorial standards, and has developed a passion for maps and how the world has been represented throughout different eras and places. London is her home, made in Colombia.

Becky Rush

Becky is a developer at BBC News Visual Journalism. She wrangles data and tinkers with code to create engaging, interactive projects for news articles. Becky is passionate about combining modern code and empathy to create truly inclusive web content. She believes considering accessibility, internationalisation and non-javascript experiences are key to making the web a better place for humankind. Outside of work, she can often be found gallivanting around in fancy dress, hitting a large drum (occasionally in time) with other obscurely dressed drummers.

Software Engineer

UX & Editorial Designer

Sean Willmott

Sean is a  UX and Editorial Designer @ BBC. His role includes working with 15 designers from the 6 global hubs producing outputs in 40+ languages He helps manage these outputs ensuring quality and are produced efficiently – a way that we do so is with our Photoshop plugin. As a team we produce a wide range of products from bespoke animations; UX calculators; longform storytelling; locator maps and everything in between.

Daniela Moyano Dávila

Daniela Moyano is a co-founder of ODEGI. She is a designer with a master degree in sociology. Her practice has focused mainly on data visualization. She works as a freelance data visualization designer and teaches about these topics at the School of Design of the Catholic University of Chile and the Adolfo Ibáñez University. She also leads the Diploma in Data Visualization at the UC School of Design.

Data Visualization Designer

Designer

Lizbeth Bravo Bedolla

With a passion for data visualization and information design, Liz Bravo explores different approaches and techniques, mainly in Data physicalization. She is part of ODEGI’s team, a data feminism observatory based in Chile. She’s currently doing a master’s degree in Design Theory and Criticism, where she develops reflections to Data Visualization based on Latin American practices.

Doug Schepers

Doug is the founder and director of Fizz Studio, a small startup focusing on making data visualizations accessible to people with disabilities. Doug began this work while working as a project manager for the W3C, organizing and authoring web standards for over a decade. Since then, he has been doing consulting, software development, and research to make access to data universal.

Director at fizz studio

Creative Director

Eduardo España

Eduardo España was born in Madrid and graduated from URJC University with a degree in Advertising and a Master’s Degree in Data Visualization at Elisava. He has worked as a creative director in the international advertising industry for more than 8 years. One of his passions is to combine design with different disciplines such as data, gastronomy and education, to create relevant experiences that transform the world. He has received multiple awards including D&AD, Pentawards, One Show, ADC and Dieline. He’s the co-founder of Couple in Data, a design studio.

Johana Dueñas

Johana Dueñas is a creative director from Colombia, now based in Madrid-Spain with a background in advertising, graphic and industrial design. With a  long international career in communication, information design, brand experience and packaging. Her work has been recognized in several design festivals such as D&AD, Pentawards, One Show, ADC and Dieline. She is also the co-founder of Couple in Data, a design studio that focuses on using design and storytelling to create impact on people. Showing how small daily data can change the way you see the world.

creative director

Data Products Developer

Elias Chafloque

Elias is a Data Products developer at Rovio who focuses on making data more understandable and giving better perspective to his users through visuals. For this purpose, Elias uses interactive data visualizations and applications tailored to different audiences within the company. His projects are usually related to games performance, but this talk will be connected to offsetting the carbon emissions generated by these games.

Lou Cox

Lou Cox is currently studying an MRes in Creative Practice at the University of Westminster in London. She is using COVID data, primarily death rate data for UK regions, to produce a series of soft sculptures. These sculptures utilise creative pattern cutting techniques that explore form. The sculpture’s forms, dimensions and proportions are determined by the numerical data. In other words, the data is integral in the drafting of each pattern piece. Lou’s creations are currently work in progress, however, the intention is to create a memorial or commemorative body of work that evokes empathy and reflection when interacted with.

Student

journalist

Emre Kizilkaya

Emre Kizilkaya is a journalist and researcher who was an executive at one of the largest media groups in Europe for more than 10 years. He was selected by Harvard University for the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship in 2019 and was awarded as the Digital Journalist of the Year in 2018 by the Turkish Journalists’ Association. 

Emre is currently managing Journo, a non-profit news platform for Turkey’s next-generation journalists supported by the Journalists’ Union (TGS) and the EU. He is a Vice-Chair and an Executive Board member of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network for sharing a common dedication to quality journalism. Emre is conducting a Ph.D. research on digital media at Galatasaray University in Istanbul, focusing on digital networks and public trust.

Gurman Bhatia

Gurman is an independent information designer, developer, award-winning data journalist and trainer based in New Delhi, India. For the past seven years, she has been using data, visuals and code to craft narratives at local, national and international news outlets.

Most recently, Gurman worked at Reuters, Singapore for three years, creating visual stories for their global graphics team. Previously, she worked at the Hindustan Times in Delhi as part of their first data and interactives team. She has also spent time in local newsrooms in Wisconsin and Florida, using data for investigative journalism.

A self-taught coder and designer, Gurman hold a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, New York. Her work has won several awards internationally, including the Online News Association Awards, Malofiej Infographic Summit Awards, The Webby Awards and GEN Data Journalism Awards. 

Information Designer & Data Journalist

Jer Thorp

Jer Thorp is an artist, writer and teacher living in New York City. He is best known for designing the algorithm to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. Jer was the New York Times’ first Data Artist in Residence, is a National Geographic Explorer, and in 2017 and 2018 served as the Innovator in Residence at the Library of Congress. Jer is one of the world’s foremost data artists, and is a leading voice for the ethical use of big data.

Jer’s book ‘Living in Data’ was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2021.

artist, teacher & writer

Jonathan Schwabish

Dr. Jonathan Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His book Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks helps people improve the way they prepare, design, and deliver data-rich content and his edited book, Elevated the Debate: A Multilayered Approach to Communicating Your Research, helps people develop a strategic plan to communicating their work across multiple platforms and channels. His latest book, Better Data Visualizations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. 

Senior fellow at urban institute

Data ScientisT

Alice Feng

Alice Feng is a data visualization developer based in the Washington, DC area. She is passionate about using design to make data and information more accessible to broader audiences and recently has been exploring ways to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusion into the way we visualize data. Her work has appeared in The Parametric Press and The Pudding. Previously, Alice worked as a data viz developer at the Urban Institute where she built interactive and static data visualization features and tools communicating public policy research. Alice is currently embarking on a new adventure at Natera. 

Julia Janicki

Julia is a freelance data journalist, data visualization designer/developer and cartographer with a focus on environmental issues, biodiversity conservation, democracy and human rights. She was trained as a conservation biologist and remote sensing specialist, receiving two M.S. degrees from UW-Madison in Entomology and Environmental Observation and Informatics.  

Currently she is working as a consultant/contractor for Climate Policy Initiative, Reuters Graphics, and UN-OCHA.  Some of her past clients include Global Fishing Watch, Environmental Investigation Agency, as well as UN agencies such as UNESCO and UNDP.  Previously, Julia worked in Japan at the biodiversity/biocomplexity lab at the Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, where she was on a team that developed antmaps.org. Julia is  from the U.S. and Taiwan, and currently lives in Paris.  When not working, she likes rock climbing, SCUBA diving, screen printing, learning languages, and taking care of animals and plants.

data VIZ developer & data journalist

Data Viz Designer

Daisy Chung

Daisy Chung is an award-winning freelance science visual communicator/illustrator originally from Taiwan and New Zealand. She currently works at her home studio in Sunnyvale, CA, where she creates data and infographic designs to communicate complex science, with a focus on environmental and biological topics. 

Previously, she was the DataViz Designer at Surgo Ventures, Creative Director at wikiHow, and former graphics editor at National Geographic.  Daisy aims to make complex science more accessible to a broader audience through visual storytelling. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Scientific American, National Geographic, Cell Press, and various platforms. When not drawing, you can find Daisy hiking, climbing rocks, harness-training her cat, and finding different uses for sourdough starters.

Kat Greenbrook

Kat is the founder of Rogue Penguin, a data story and visualisation company in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her work has been published in industry-leading books and digital journals on data visualisation. She is highly sought-after for her ability to apply design and communication principles to data visualisation projects. Kat regularly facilitates workshops on data communication to help businesses tell their own data stories. She is passionate about improving the future of this field and advises a national tertiary education provider on the needs of the industry. Kat holds both Science and Design degrees.

Data storyteller

Professional Cartonerd

Kenneth Field

Ken is a permanently recovering academic from the UK with a Bachelors in cartography and PhD in GIS. He grew tired of admin, and ditched his 20 year academic career, moved to the US, and talks and writes about cartography, teaches, and makes maps at Esri in California. He has presented and published an awful lot. He blogs, tweets too much, after 8 years as Chair is now Vice-Chair of the ICA Map Design Commission, and did a 9 year stint as Editor of The Cartographic Journal, He’s won a few awards for maps, teaching cartography, kitchen tile designs and his first book ‘Cartography’. He teaches a MOOC on Cartography which has so far had over 150,000 participants. His second book ‘Thematic Mapping’ has been described as a ma(p)sterpiece. He is co-founder of longitude.space and mappery.org. He snowboards (reasonably), plays drums (badly) and is a long-suffering supporter of his home-town football team Nottingham Forest. Maps are his passion, and profession.

Lia Prins

Lia Prins designs scientific tools to help biologists better understand their data and discover the insights it holds. A visual learner herself, she’s particularly interested in harnessing the power of visuals to reveal patterns in data, make complex information more accessible, and ultimately, to inspire curiosity and enable an understanding of the natural world. To this end, Lia built and blogs at curiositycoloredglasses.com, where she investigates and answers all sorts of scientific and cultural questions via visuals and words, using tools ranging from code to colored pencils. With an unflagging affection for art, science, and design, her learnings from these fields are mirrored in the way she applies aesthetics, logic, and human-centered solutions to the task of communicating information.

Data Visualization Designer

Data designer

Marlène Dorgny

Marlene Dorgny has been a French data designer for 6 years. Before breaking into data visualization, she used to be a fashion and graphic designer for 15 years. She works for private companies and public institutions, mostly on environmental subjects. She’s also a data visualization instructor at Gobelins Paris. Her main interests in data viz are network visualization and using it to map themes around music.

Maxene Graze

Max comes from an academic background, and after some twists and turns she became data visualization engineer at MURAL, a collaborative online tool. She is driven to use data visualization as a means to engage in her many passions, which include linguistics and fermentation, with the end goal of creating data visceralizations and installations out of these themes.

Data designer

PhD Candidate

Jordan Wirfs-Brock

Jordan is a PhD candidate in Information Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder whose research explores how to bring data into our everyday lives as a creative material for understanding ourselves and the world around us. She focuses on data representations that are participatory and engage all of our senses, especially sound. In the past, she has worked as a data journalist covering the energy industry and as a data educator and civic technologist helping non-profit organizations understand their communities through data. Jordan is also a competitive trail runner who frequently geeks out over podcasts, board games, and sour beer.

Piero Zagami

Piero is an award-winning information designer, passionate about visualizing data for organizations, brands, and agencies. Piero has over a decade of experience creating compelling visualizations for brands and creative studios like Information is Beautiful, Signal Noise, and Beyond Words. Piero is also the co-founder of Market Cafe Magazine, the world’s first zine about data visualization and Encode, a data design conference in the UK. He currently works as an independent designer from his studio in Amsterdam. 

In 2020 Piero joined the team of Code for Africa, to build the design team within the organization. Within the team he collaborates with a distributed team to produce data-driven digital initiatives and data-driven platforms, to achieve impactful change in Africa.

information designer

Data Product Manager

Tricia Govindasamy

Tricia Govindasamy is an award-winning South African scientist specialising in Geographic Information Systems and data science. She works as the Senior Data Product Manager for Africa’s largest civic technology and data journalism initiative, Code for Africa (CfA). Tricia manages CfA’s Data Lab which supports data journalism projects by sourcing data, cleaning and analysing it, and designing novel data visualisation techniques. Tricia is also a coordinator for Africa’s largest network of female data scientists, journalists and technologists, WanaData, and she creates content and trains data literacy as part of academy. AFRICA, one of the continent’s largest digital journalism skills initiatives.

Rasagy Sharma

Rasagy is an Information Designer, Data Artist & Compulsive Sketchnoter. He currently works at Sundial, focused on bringing data storytelling to product analytics. Earlier, he worked on data-centric products at Microsoft, Mapbox, Barclays & Gramener. In his free time, he loves to teach data viz, cartography & creative code at design schools and support design communities in India. He holds an M.Des. in Information & Interface Design at NID, Bangalore, and a BE in Computer Science from BITS Pilani, Goa Campus.

 

Product designer

Lead Research Staff

Robert Kosara

Robert is Lead Research Staff at Tableau Research and a former professor of computer science. He has conducted research in visualization for over 20 years, mainly interested in the perception and cognition of visualization, and how we communicate (or tell stories) with and through data. His research includes work on unusual chart types like ISOTYPE and the connected scatterplot, as well as pie charts, storytelling with data, and more general uses of data to communicate and collaborate. Questions that drive him include, how do we read charts, what makes a “”good”” chart, how can unusual charts be used?

Robert has spoken at many academic and industry conferences and organized the Tapestry Conference for Storytelling with Data, as well as the Visual Communication workshop at the academic VIS conference. He has been posting on his blog at https://eagereyes.org for over 15 years and runs a YouTube channel about visualization topics at https://www.youtube.com/c/eagereyes

Sara Lenzi

Sara Lenzi is Research Scientist at the Center for Design, College of Arts Media and Design, Northeastern University. She holds a PhD in Design from the Politecnico di Milano and a MA in Philosophy from the University of Bologna, Italy. A trained classical musician, she founded the first sound branding agency in Asia, where she designed for Audi, BMW, Singapore Changi Airport, Giugiaro Architettura, Ducati Motors, Singapore Art Science Museum, among others. In 2006, she co-founded sounDesign.info, the online magazine specialised in sound communication. Her current research focus is on data sonification and, more in general, on the interrelations between sound design practices and design methodologies and tools. In 2021 she co-founded, together with Paolo Ciuccarelli, the Data Sonification Archive.

Research scientist

Design PROFESSOR

Paolo Ciuccarelli

Architect and Communication Designer, Paolo Ciuccarelli is Professor of Design at Northeastern after twenty years at Politecnico di Milano in Italy. At Politecnico he founded the DensityDesign Research Lab, an award winning laboratory for data visualization and information design. Paolo’s research focuses on the design transformations that help making sense of data and information to improve decision making processes, especially with non experts stakeholders and for controversial complex social issues where he’s also experimenting on the role of rhetorics and visual poetry for a deeper engagement. He also works in developing tools and methods to understand the evolution of the design discipline in the frame of a meta-design approach. He is author of best-paper awarded publications, lectured at Royal College of Arts, ENSCI Les Ateliers, and Stanford Humanities Centre among others and has been invited to talk at conferences such as Eyeo, TEDx, Visualized.

Shawn Carrié

Shawn Carrié is a multimedia journalist who has covered conflict, human rights, and subcultures in the Middle East since 2014. His work focuses on creating and facilitating impactful storytelling experiences by making multimedia tools more accessible to journalists. Having studied Journalism + Design at The New School in NYC, Shawn is a mission-driven storyteller aimed at engaging and equipping the public with knowledge about issues facing increasingly interlinked threats to human rights and freedoms across borders.

Journalist

Experience Designer

Sofia Martynovich

Russian-born, Zurich-New York-based, Sofia is a creative type driving her inspiration from systemic evidence – data. With a background in economics and statistics, and after  having worked for a few years as a corporate visual analytics consultant, she started practicing data visualization in a broader context – of product and experience design. From 2020, a fellow of Pratt Institute in New York where she is doing a graduate program in the field of Information Experience Design. From 2021 a research assistant at Spatial Analytics Visualization Initiative (SAVI), part of Pratt, where their team crafts data stories about New York City. Though her career is shifting towards broader design practice, Sofia stays (and always will be) passionate about dataviz.  She is dedicated to contributing to the dataviz community, as a member of Data Visualization Zurich Advisory Board, and a part of the organizational team for the Data Through Design exhibition. Sofia loves traveling, reading about art and design, and doing speculative projects with data.

Yan Naung Oak

Yan has been working on training journalists in data skills in Myanmar (his home country) since 2015. He was initially involved in organising the training workshops but, along the way, he started co-creating data journalism articles with his journalist colleagues since around 2017, and also becoming a trainer. Yan has also started working with journalists from other Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia and Singapore. He originally started this work as a founding member of Phandeeyar (a technology hub located in Myanmar) in 2015, later on he worked at School of Data doing similar activities in more countries such as the Philippines, Kenya and Ghana. Yan owns a consultancy based in Singapore called Thibi (thibi.co), where he has built a remote team of 10 trainers, developers and designers that do very similar work and collaborate with organizations like Thomson Reuters Foundation and Internews.

DIRECTOR

Senior Graphics Editor

Yaryna Serkez

Yaryna creates interactive visualizations for the New York Times Opinion. She is a full-stack data journalist whose daily responsibilities vary from data scraping and analysis to design and web development. She enjoys working with complex data and experimenting with unusual dataviz forms. Her projects were numerously recognized by the SND, the GEN and Malofiej.

Zan Armstrong

Zan’s been “putting the data in data viz since 2011”, leaning on her experience as a data analyst to inform her data visualization practice. As a data visualization developer at Observable Zan empowers people to more effectively use data visualization combined with their own domain expertise to understand whatever data is most important to them. Prior to Observable, Zan created data visualizations to help scientists, statisticians, and machine learning engineers to make scientific discoveries as part of the Applied Sciences team in Google Research.

Data Visualization Developer