December 26, 2012
After 20 years of UX research and improving UIs for desktop programs, apps, phones, kid's toys, websites and more, I want to change gears and make data itself more usable. I love experimental design & data analysis but it's not enough to gather and interpret data; I want to be more proficient at depicting the data, at visually explaining the changes, patterns and trends. Right now I'm reading a ton of books (Tufte, Few, Ilinsky, just ordered Andy Kirk's book), following websites like visualcomplexity, infogr.am and datastori.es, learning HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite and looking forward to jscript and d3. I have a background in Art & Design but plan to add some serious coursework in Graphic Design to this mix. I'm hoping that this combo of research, technical and design skills will get me started in data visualization and infographic design. Can't wait to meet you all and start learning from you and your experiences.
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UI/UX Researcher morphing into data visualization and infographic geek