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

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 Teaching

Alongside offering public and private data visualisation training workshops, I have two visiting lecturer positions.

Since 2013 I have been teaching at Maryland Institue College of Art (MICA) delivering a data visualisation module for the Information Visualization MPS. This is taught online, beamed over to the US from my home office in the UK.

From 2016 I will be jointly teaching a data visualisation module for the new Masters MSc Business Analytics degree at Imperial College in London

Data Visualisation Research

I was fortunate to recently work on a fascinating research project called 'Seeing Data' which ran from January 2014 to July 2015 and was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It was hosted by The University of Sheffield and led by Professor Helen Kennedy in partnership with The Migration Observatory.

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' was 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 aimed 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.

Updates on the outcome of this work can be found on our dedicated project website You can follow updates about the project via Twitter (@seeing_data), Facebook and our blog where we will continue to publish articles and presentations about this work.



Here is a record of my past 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!

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 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 data visualisation marathon event, London

Webinar Recordings

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 '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

I have participated in a number of podcast recordings:

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 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



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 May 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)!


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:

Significance Magazine

"Same data, different experience" published on 16th February 2016

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

"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