Andy Kirk is a UK-based freelance data visualization specialist, consultant, speaker, author, and editor of visualisingdata.com. He joined MICA as a visiting lecturer in 2013 and has been teaching in the Information Visualization program since its inception.
After graduating from Lancaster University in 1999 with a B.Sc (hons) in Operational Research, Andy held a number of business analysis and information management positions at some of the largest organizations in the UK, including West Yorkshire Police and the University of Leeds. In 2009, Andy completed a Masters by Research M.A (Distinction) program at the University of Leeds, studying the subject of data visualization, Soon thereafter, he launched visualisingdata.com, which has become one of the most popular sources of information about this fast-growing field, providing readers with information about contemporary techniques, resources, latest developments, and key insights.
Andy became a freelance professional in 2011 focusing on consultancy and training workshops. He has delivered hundreds of public and private training events across UK, Europe, North America, India, South Africa, and Australia. Some of his clients include Heineken, Disney, Intel, Hershey, WHO, and McKinsey.
Andy's first book, Data Visualization: A Successful Design Process, was published in 2012. It serves as a practical guide for anyone facing the challenges of designing data visualizations in the most effective and efficient way. His second book is due to be published by Sage in 2016. Meanwhile, Andy recently completed work on a research project called "Seeing Data," funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and hosted by the University of Sheffield, which explores visualization literacy amongst the general public.
Jonathan Schwabish is a Senior Research Associate in The Urban Institute's Income and Benefits Policy Center. He is also a member of the Institute's communication team where he specializes in data visualization and presentation design. His research agenda includes such areas as earnings and income inequality, immigration, disability insurance, retirement security, data measurement, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other aspects of public policy.
Jon is also considered a leader in the data visualization field as well as a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in research. He has written on various aspects of how to best visualize data including technical aspects of creation, design best practices, and how to communicate social science research in more accessible ways. He was named a "visualization thought leader" by AllAnalytics in 2012 and speaks widely on the issues of data visualization, open data, and data use in organizations.
Jon teaches data visualization and presentation skills at Georgetown University and the MICA, as well as in public workshops and for private clients through his consulting firm, PolicyViz. He co-hosts the Rad Presenters Podcast, which aims to improve people's presentation skills, and he hosts the PolicyViz podcast, which focuses on data, open data, and data visualization. He is currently writing a book on presentation skills and design to be published by Columbia University Press.
Bryan Connor is a freelance designer living in Baltimore. Bryan has worked with a wide variety of clients in the education, clean energy, and healthcare inductries, including PBS Kids, The Consortium on Chicago School Research, Nomadic.com, and NASA. He is also the editor of The Why Axis, a blog that documents and critiques modern data visualization. Bryan graduated from MICA with a BFA in Graphic Design.
Justin Lloyd works as a graphic designer and data visualization specialist for the federal government, preparing a variety of visuals to inform policy makers. Justin graduated from MICA in 2008 with a BFA in graphic design and has been a professor in MICA's data visualization masters program since 2013. Justin is also an avid woodworker, a comic book geek, and has been known to break out into song during class.
Adam McCann is a Specialist Leader with Deloitte Consulting, specializing in predictive analytics and data visualization. He leads a team at a national intelligence agency developing predictive models and business intelligence solutions. At Deloitte, Adam leads professional training in advanced analytics tools like R and data visualization solutions like Tableau. He also runs a blog about sports analytics and data visualization at www.duelingdata.com.
Marisa Peacock is principal of The Strategic Peacock, a social media marketing consultancy. She received her masters in American Studies from Georgetown University and her bachelors in psychology from Mount Holyoke College. Marisa is interested in how good design impacts how people work, live, and build relationships.
Rob Rolleston works in the area of Information Visualization at Xerox, his fourth role with the company after working in the areas of Color Management, Strategy and Planning, and assorted levels of management. His technical interests have always been related to how people see, perceive, and interact visually with the world around them; and, in turn, helping others understand these mechanisms. He received his B.S. in Computational Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University, his M.S. and Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester, and his MPS in Information Visualization from MICA. Learn more about Rob at rob.rolleston.homewebsite.info.
Chris Sloan is an award-winning art director, content developer, and author who specializes in bringing the principles of science to life for popular audiences. Science Visualization, the company he and partner Christina Elson founded in 2010, is dedicated to combining world-class communications design with world-class science to render the complexities of scientific discovery with elegance, clarity, and beauty. Previously, Chris had a distinguished career with National Geographic. His book, What Does it Mean to be Human?, co-authored with Rick Potts, is a companion to the popular new Human Origins hall of Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He has also written eight award-winning children's books for the National Geographic Society.
Becky Slogeris is a MICA alumna with a BFA in graphic design and an MA in Social Design, where her thesis work focused on designing curriculum and tools for teachers and empowering students to create change in their communities. Becky received a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Social Design Fellowship to continue her work in 2012-2013 on the BMore Fit Teacher Toolkit, an exercise tool for engaging students and improving their academic performance in the classroom, and the Baltimore CARES Service-Learning Curriculum, a guidebook for revitalizing vacant lots with high school students. Her work has been featured in the book Thinking With Type from Princeton Architectural Press.