The nature of data visualization as a truly multi-disciplinary subject introduces many challenges. You might be a creative but how are your analytical skills? Good at closing out a design but how about the initial research and data sourcing? In this talk Andy Kirk will discuss the many different ‘hats’ a visualization designer needs to wear in order to effectively deliver against these demands. It will also contextualize these duties in the sense of a data visualization project timeline. Whether a single person will fulfill these roles, or a team collaboration will be set up to cover all bases, this presentation will help you understand the requirements of any visualization problem context.

Speaker: Andy Kirk is a freelance data visualization design consultant and trainer, and editor of the website visualisingdata.com, a popular data visualization blog. After graduating from Lancaster University with a B.Sc (hons) in Operational Research, he held a number of business analysis and information management positions at some of the largest organizations in the UK. Late 2006 provided Andy with a career-changing ‘eureka’ moment when he discovered the subject of data visualization and he has subsequently passionately pursued an expertise in the subject, completing a research Masters M.A (With Distinction) at the University of Leeds along the way. In February 2010 he launched the blog with the mission of providing readers with inspiring insights into the contemporary techniques, resources, applications and best practices in this exciting subject. His consultancy work and training courses extend this ambition, helping organizations of all shapes, sizes and domains enhance the analysis and communication of their data to maximize impact. Andy is currently working on his first book, with more to follow, and has been seen speaking at a number of important conference events, most notably as judge and presenter at Malofiej 20, the 20th anniversary of the Infographics World Summit in Pamplona, Spain.

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