About

About

About Andy Kirk

Andy Kirk is a freelance data visualisation specialist based in Yorkshire, UK. He is a visualisation design consultant, training provider, teacher, author, speaker, researcher and editor of the award-winning website visualisingdata.com.

After graduating from Lancaster University in 1999 with a BSc (hons) in Operational Research, Andy’s working life began with a variety of business analysis and information management roles at organisations including CIS Insurance, West Yorkshire Police and the University of Leeds.

He discovered data visualisation in early 2007, when it was lurking somewhat on the fringes of the web. Fortunately, the timing of this discovery coincided with Andy shaping his Master’s (MA) degree research proposal, a self-directed research programme that gave him the opportunity to unlock and secure his passion for the subject.

He launched visualisingdata.com to continue the process of discovery and to chart the course of the increasing popularity of the subject. Over time, this award-winning site has grown to become a popular reference for followers of the field, offering contemporary discourse, design techniques, and vast collections of visualisation examples and resources.

Andy became a freelance professional in 2011. Since then he has had the fortune of working with a diverse range of clients across the world, including organisations such as Google, CERN, Electronic Arts, the EU Council, Hershey, and McKinsey. At the time of publication, he will have delivered over 270 public and private training events in 25 different countries, reaching more than 6,000 delegates. Alongside his busy training schedule, Andy also provides design consultancy with his primary client being the Arsenal FC Performance Team, since 2015.

In addition to commercial activities, Andy maintains regular engagements in academia. Between 2014 and 2015 he was an external consultant on a research project called ‘Seeing Data’, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and hosted by the University of Sheffield. This study explored the issues of data visualisation literacy among the general public and, among many things, helped to shape an understanding of the human factors that affect visualisation literacy and the effectiveness of design.

He joined the highly respected Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as a visiting lecturer in 2013 teaching a module on the Information Visualisation Masters programme through to 2017. From January 2016, he taught a data visualisation module as part of the MSc Business Analytics programme at the Imperial College Business School in London through to 2018.

Data Visualisation Services

The responsibility for handling, analysing and communicating data is increasingly a ubiquitous demand. The availability of data will never reduce and the appetite for getting more from it will only increase: this means the emphasis on good data visualisation practices are more important than ever. However, effective data visualisation is not something that can just be accomplished through astute instincts and taste alone.

A motivation to help clients and organisations get more from and do more with their data themselves is at the heart of the range of visualisation training and consultancy services offered by Andy Kirk on behalf of Visualising Data Ltd. The emphasis is always on offering best practice advice and assistance for developing client capabilities and solutions to their visualisation challenges. Rather than have data visualisation done to you, Andy's motivation is to help you do it for yourself.

You can read more about Andy's training offerings on the dedicated training page. His consultancy offerings include the following:

  • Data Visualisation Evaluation - Reviewing existing visual products (reports, graphics, projects) and providing a report with detailed and explained recommendations on potential improvements and enhancements
  • Concept Design Specification - Developing a concept design specification for a given data-driven challenge shaped by a given context (in-house skills, resources, access to software), providing detailed recommendations for a potential solution for the organisation to implement
  • Facilitated Consultancy - Often an engagement that works as a companion to a training workshop, this service consultancy involves clients/organisations developing potential solution to a workplace challenge themselves but under facilitated guidance through the critical path of analytical and design thinking

If you have an enquiry about these services or are interested in a potential engagement then please use the information on the ‘Contact’ tab to get in touch.

Visualising Data Ltd is a Private Limited Company based in Leeds, UK, incorporated in 2010 with company number 7147133 and VAT registration number 140476625. Andy Kirk is the Managing Director.

Clients

I have had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients across all industries and locations, from global brands and esteemed institutions through to startups and NGOs.

Speaking Engagements

I have had the great pleasure of delivering many talks, particiating in webinars and podcasts. Here is a log of my past speaking and recording engagements. Where possible I have shared links to published slide decks or video recordings.If you would like to me to speak at your event please just get in touch using the information on the ‘Contact’ tab.

Talks

11th December 2018

Gave a guest lecture at Lloyds of London

16th October 2018

Presented at the first Yorkshire Tableau User Group meetup

28th February 2018

Gave a talk to post-doc researchers at Imperial College

9th January 2018

Gave a talk at the MancDB meetup in Manchester

23rd November 2017

Gave a talk at the Hacks/Hackers meetup in Brisbane

19th July 2017

Gave a talk to staff at Jet2.com's Leeds HQ

15th May 2017

Gave a talk at Sage's annual staff meeting in their London HQ

23rd March 2017

Gave a talk to staff and students at the University of Edinburgh Business School

23rd March 2017

Spoke at the DataFest 2017 Summit in Edinburgh

8th February 2017

Gave a talk for staff and students at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL) in London

7th February 2017

Spoke at the London Business Analytics Group

7th September 2017

Gave a talk at Lloyds of London

16th June 2016

Gave a talk at the Information+ Conference in Vancouver

14th June 2016

Presented at the Vancouver Data Visualisation Meetup

9th June 2016

Gave a talk to colleagues at Oxford Policy Management (OPML)

7th June 2016

Spoke at the Market Insight Forum in London

23rd May 2016

Spoke at the London Tableau User Group meeting

20th April 2016

Gave a talk at the ICNARC Case Mix Programme conference in London

22nd March 2016

Gave a talk at the 'Making Informed Decisions with Big Data' event being held @3MBIC in Huddersfield

10th February 2016

Gave a talk at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Warrington as part of the 'Techtalk' series of lectures

24th November 2015

Gave a talk at UK Parliament

10th November 2015

Spoke at the 'What Can Data Visualisation Do' event at the University of Sheffield

30th July 2015

Spoke at the Melbourne Data Visualisation Meetup

5th June 2015

Gave a talk at Saggezza HQ, Chicago

20th March 2015

Gave a talk at the National Audit Office, London

3rd February 2015

Spoke at the PyData London Meetup

22nd January 2015

Gave a talk at the AztraZeneca Advance Analytics Centre (AAC) symposium in Alderley Park, Chester

15th January 2015

Did a recorded video interview with Alicia Sutton of ReachMD, during the ACEhp Annual Conference

15th January 2015

Spoke at the ACEhp Annual Conference in Dallas, TX. Here are the slides

22nd November 2014

Giving a talk at Visualized.io in London

23rd October 2014

Speaking at the Data Visualization Group in the Bay Area Meetup at the University of San Francisco

18th/19th September 2014

Spoke at ScienceComm in Switzerland

4th September 2014

Spoke at the 'Visualize It!' event in Utrecht

6th August 2014

Spoke at the London Business Analytics Group

24th April 2014

Gave a talk at OpenVis Conference in Boston

27th March 2014

Gave a talk at the School of Computing, University of Dundee

19th March 2014

Speaker at the launch of the Dublinked Data Visualisation competition

6th February 2014

Speaker at the Higher Education Strategic Planners' Association annual conference in Warwick

24th January 2014

Speaker at the Design of Understanding annual conference in London

5th December 2013

Speaker at the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Issue Brief event in London

29th August 2013

Speaker at the INMA Conference in Oslo

16th May 2013

Speaker at the NYC Data Visualisation Meetup

8th May 2013

Speaker at an Information Design Association (IDA) event in London

25th April 2013

Speaker at the Big Data Week London event

15th/16th April 2013

Speaker at II-SDV 2013 Conference in Nice, France

21st March 2013

Keynote speaker at the Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operational Research annual seminar

26th/27th February 2013

Talk and workshop at the Dashboarding for Peak University Performance conference at the University of Nottingham

11th February 2013

Talk given at Tableau UK HQ in Richmond

17th January 2013

Talk and panel discussion at the Bank of England's 'The future of regulatory data and analytics' event

10th January 2013

Talk given to folks at Facebook HQ in San Francisco (slide deck)

8th January 2013

Talk at Seattle Datavis (SeaVis) Meetup (similar slide deck)

8th January 2013

Talk given to folks at Tableau HQ in Seattle

19th October 2012

Guest talk at the Big Dive EU event in Turin, Italy.

19th/20th September 2012

Speaker at the Big Data World, Europe conference, London

16th July 2012

Presentation at a Nuffield Foundation event, exploring visual navigation for STEM subjects.

14th June 2012

Speaker at the Chicago Data Visualisation Meetup

14th June 2012

IDEAS Talk for Orbitz at their Worldwide HQ in Chicago - watch a video of the talk

24th April 2012

Panel member for the Big Data Week, London community meetup

17th April 2012

Speaker at Big Data Con, Mainz, Germany

18th to 23rd March 2012

Judge and speaker at the Malofiej 20, Infographics World Summit and Awards

23rd February 2012

Visualisation seminar at the School of Computing, University of Leeds

12th November 2011

Speaking at the Visualizing.org data visualisation marathon event, London

Webinar Recordings

18th December 2018

Presented a webinar for Tableau, 'The Design of Time'

15th August 2018

Presented a webinar for Tableau, 'The Little of Visualisation Design'

1st June 2018

Presented a webinar for Sage, 'Data Visualisation: A Game of Decisions'

22nd March 2018

Presented a webinar for Tableau, '50 Charts in 50 minutes'

9th November 2017

Took part in the 2017 'Data Debate' webinar hosted by Tableau

10th August 2017

Presented a webinar for Tableau, 'The Design of Nothing: A 2017 Reboot'

4th April 2017

Presented a webinar for Tableau, 'The Seven Hats of Visualisation Design: A 2017 Reboot'

8th December 2016

Participated in another special 'Ask Andy Anything' webinar hosted by Tableau

25th November 2016

Took part in the 2016 'Data Debate' webinar hosted by Tableau

11th August 2016

Presented a webinar for Bright Talk, 'Separating Myths from Truth in Data Visualisation'

20th July 2016

Presented a webinar for Tableau, 'Bringing Method to the Madness'

13th April 2016

Presented a webinar for Tableau, 'Separating Myths from Truth in Data Visualisation'

30th November 2015

Conducted a special 'Ask Andy Anything' webinar hosted by Tableau

24th September 2015

Presented a webinar for Tableau

25th March 2015

Gave a webinar for Tableau

24th September 2014

Gave a webinar for Tableau Software

Podcast Recordings

29th November 2018

Data Stories Episode #132: Discussing the latest generation of data visualisation tools

21st October 2018

Policy Viz Podcast Episode #137: Discussing our experiences in Potsdam of the Information+ Conference 2018

13th February 2018

Policy Viz Podcast Episode #114: Discussing our experiences at Facebook HQ of the Social Science Foo Camp

29th December 2017

Policy Viz Podcast Episode #108: Discussing new projects and trends in the field

27th February 2017

Data Stories Episode #92: Contributed to the tribute show dedicated to Hans Rosling

6th December 2016

Being Freelance Podcast: Discussing my experiences as a freelance professional

13th September 2016

Policy Viz Podcast Episode #56: Discussing the challenges of book writing

9th March 2016

Data Stories Episode #69: Reviewing the findings and implications of the Seeing Data visualisation literacy research

7th January 2016

Rad Presenters Podcast Episode #29: Discussing a range of topics relating to our roles as presenters/trainers

16th December 2015

Data Stories Episode #65: Reviewing the major trends and developments during 2015 and preview the main hopes and expectations for 2016

20th August 2015

Tableau Wanna Be Podcast Episode #31: Discussing some of the nevers and shouldn'ts of data visualisation

10th March 2015

Policy Viz Podcast: Discussing data visualisation literacy

22nd January 2015

Data Stories Episode #46: Reviewing the major trends and developments during 2014 and preview the main hopes and expectations for 2015

27th June 2014

Data Stories Episode #37: Discussing the teaching of data visualisation

6th May 2014

Nature Jobs Podcast: Discussing the teaching of data visualisation

25th January 2014

Data Stories Episode #31: Reviewing the major trends and developments during 2013 and preview the main hopes and expectations for 2014

7th January 2013

Data Stories Episode #16: Discussing our feelings on what was big in 2012 and our hopes and expectations for 2013

25th June 2012

Interview on DataRemixed.com: Interviewed by Ben Jones about the state of data visualisation

24th April 2012

Data Stories Episode #5: Covering the subject of data visualisation training

30th March 2012

Data Stories Episode #4: Reflecting on Malofiej20, discussing the judging process, detailing the conference talks and the week in general

Get in Touch

If you have a potential enquiry about data visualisation consultancy or training services or want to get in touch for any reason you can use the form below. Otherwise, you can send an email to andy@visualisingdata.com. To connect on social media, you can follow on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.