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Andy Kirk is a UK-based freelance data visualisation specialist: A freelance design consultant, training provider, author, editor of, and researcher.

After graduating from Lancaster University in 1999 with a B.Sc (hons) in Operational Research, he held a number of business analysis and information management positions at some of the largest organisations in the UK, including West Yorkshire Police and the University of Leeds.

In December 2009 Andy completed a Masters by Research M.A (Distinction) programme (University of Leeds), studying the subject of data visualisation and soon after launched This has grown to become a popular source of information about the data visualisation field, aimed at providing readers with information about contemporary techniques, resources, latest projects and key insights.

Andy became a freelance professional in 2011 focusing on data visualisation consultancy and training workshops. He has delivered over 80 public and private training events across UK, Europe, North America, India, South Africa and Australia. Some of his clients include Walmart, Disney, Intel, WHO, OECD and McKinsey.

In December 2013, Andy released his first book entitled “Data Visualization: a successful design process”, a handy strategy guide for anyone facing the challenges of designing a data visualization and wanting to accomplish an effective solution in the most efficient way.

His activities extend to being a visiting lecturer at the highly-respected Maryland Institute College of Art (USA) teaching on the Information Visualisation Masters programme and a co-investigator on research grant exploring visual literacy amongst the general public, a 15-month project funded by the prestigious Arts & Humanities Research Council.


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