Services

Services

Data Visualisation Consultancy

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 design consultancy services offered by Andy Kirk on behalf of Visualising Data Ltd. Here the emphasis is on offering best practice advice and assistance for your data visualisation challenges focused on leaving a legacy of self-sufficiency: rather than have data visualisation done to you, let's do it with you.

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

Organisational Change

Providing guidance to organisations on how to embed better data visualisation practices. Includes activities such as developing style guidelines, assessing corporate capability & readiness and advising on organisational programmes of change.

Data Visualisation Research

I'm fortunate to be working on a really interesting research project called 'Seeing Data' with a research team from the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds and The Migration Observatory. The study is titled 'Seeing Data' and is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Having commenced in January of this year the project runs through to March 2015. The focus of the study should be of interest to anyone visiting this site.

So much of the discussion about data visualisation is dominated by new projects, new techniques and tools - and understandably so, in many ways we are still in the golden period of experimentation and discovery. The aim of 'Seeing Data' is to understand how people make sense of data visualisations, specifically 'big data' visualisations relating to subjects of great depth and rich breadth. Through learning about the ways in which people engage with data visualisations we intend to provide some key resources for the general public, to help them develop the skills they need to interact with visualisations, and also for visualisation designers/producers, to help them understand what matters to the people who view and engage with their visualisations.

One of the key strands of our research activity will be the running of focus groups where we will be conducting assessments about people's experiences with an array of different visualisation work: different in format, function, tone and subject matter. We are thrilled to be collaborating with our partner studio - Clever Franke - who are helping us to create new visualisation assets for use in this process and beyond.

It is not a long-running, big-team, multi-million pound programme of work but we feel it will be an important stepping stone to learning more about this fascinating subject area. I will be sharing updates on this site but otherwise you can find out more details about the project via our dedicated website seeingdata.org, including more information about the aims, intended outputs and how you can get involved in our research. You can follow updates about the project via Twitter (@seeing_data), Facebook and our blog where we aim to publish weekly articles about the study and the subject of visualisation literacy.

If you have any questions or contributions to make to the discussion about visualisation literacy, feel free to get in touch!

Data Visualisation Teaching

Alongside offering public and private data visualisation training workshops, I am a visiting lecturer at Maryland Institue College of Art (MICA) delivering post-graduate teaching for the Information Visualization MPS. This is taught online, beamed over to the US from my home office in the UK.

Speaking

Conference Talks

Here is a record of all my previous and upcoming speaking commitments at conferences and presentation events. Where possible I have shared links with published slide decks or videos. Get in touch if you would like me to speak at your event!

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

24th September 2014

Gave a webinar for Tableau Software

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

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

25th April 2013

Speaking at the Big Data Week London event

15th - 16th April 2013

Speaking 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

Podcast Recordings

I have contributed - through speaking words into a recording device - on a number of podcasts

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

Writing

Books

Elsewhere on this site you will see details of my first published book: "Data Visualization: A Successful Design Process", published by Packt.

I am delighted to have begun working on my second book, which will be published by SAGE (one of the "world's leading independent academic and professional publisher") and has a target published date of January 2016.

I'm not in position to share many details about the content of this text just yet but I can reveal that the working title is "Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design". As with all my endeavours, it will be aimed at covering in detail the practical craft of data visualisation. Once again, it won't be a glossy coffee-table gallery of works, or deep treatment of programming or a specific tool but something that delves into the nuances of critical thinking about data driven design.

One of the main things that excites me about this project is that the publishers have stated their commitment to explore some interesting innovations in the relationship between print and digital form: not just in replicating a text digitally but about creating a digital companion to the printed content. I think that is very important when discussing and presenting this subject. The second main thing that excites me is that the book will be printed in colour, which is terribly important for a topic such as data visualisation.

My experiences from writing the first book were that it is a painful slog, fraught with mental blocks, anxieties about added-value, fears of mis-quoting or mis-referencing ideas, frustrations at trying to secure permissions for image usage etc. I feel I have so much more to say about this subject and I'm confident, with the professional support SAGE will unquestionably provide me, that this second title will prove to be a valuable addition to your book shelves (digital and real)!

Articles

In addition to publishing articles on my own blog I have occasionally provided guest articles on other sites. Here are some of the most popular:

Harvard Business Review

For the HBR Network: "Visualizing Zero: How to Show Something with Nothing" published on 1st May 2014

OECD Better Life Index

For the Better Life Index Blog: "The Value of Data Visualisation" published on 23rd May 2013

O'Reilly Radar

"Walking the tightrope of visualization criticism" published on 2nd July 2012

Visual.ly

"10 Things You Can Learn From the New York Times’ Data Visualizations" published on 2nd April 2012

O'Reilly Radar

"Visualization deconstructed: Why animated geospatial data works" published on 19th October 2011