Visual Thinking & Story Telling

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Visual Thinking

For many of us "data" invokes thoughts of the information age and the explosion of computing power. However, we don't need computers to experience the data all around us, our world is a constant source of streaming information, a first hand experience we capture with our memories! For artists this begs the question, how else could we capture our experiences? Memory is not a video recording of the world around us, so perhaps there is another creative, external, approach. Data Viz is happy to introduce Catherine Madden.

Catherine Madden has captured several DVDC events, some of which are shown here. She will be walking through her evolution as a designer, sharing her best practices for data storytelling, and will go into depth about her favorite data stories. We are excited to hear how she discovered that drawing conversations and data has the power to make groups of people more focused, coherent, and productive.

Catherine Madden

Catherine Madden is a designer and visual thinker who has worked out of Washington, DC for the past eight years. She developed a specialty in data visualization and visual facilitation while working at Deloitte Consulting, as the lead designer for the Analytics Visualization Studio. In October, Catherine founded a company ( that provides visualization services and workshops for clients who have great ideas, but need help communicating them inside and outside their organization. Catherine recently partnered with FiftyThree and Skillshare to publish a free online class ( about drawing data, and you may have seen her sketchnotes on the Data Viz DC Blog or on Twitter (


• 6:30 - Doors open, networking

• 7ish - Introductions & Announcements

• 7:15 - Visual Thinking

• 8:15 - Q&A

• 8:30 - Data Drinks (Super Secret Location TBA)


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