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The Present

Data Visualization is a big new buzz word today. My time at The Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon gave me some interesting insights of the world of Big Data though that was mostly in an Exploratory Design sense. As an artist, I prefer smaller datasets using Explanatory Design techniques. With my art skills I turn complex data into easy, entertaining, and visually pleasing art. I find datasets from pop culture well suited for my Data Illustrations.

I love designing art with data. It's a style of art that has come to the forefront in a big way. Taking data which, at first, initially appears overwhelming or is set in a standard table of numbers, and turning it into an image that people can understand—Well that fills me a lot of satisfaction. Solving problems also helps make a job interesting. So one thing I look for in a job is how interesting the work will be.

This website contains my movie narratives, data illustrations, infographics, essay and technical writing, networks, design, maps, charts, info-graphics, and faux alphabets. It's a combination of research, design, graphics, and writing up the finished piece. There's also the beginnings of new projects using network analysis, d3.js, text mining, design tools and Illustrator. It's never too late to learn a new trick or three.

Dr. Pfeffer [Jürgen] and I write articles for the Doctor Who magazine, Whotopia and have sent in our second Doctor Who sonic screwdriver article to Whotopia. We'll be seeing it appear in print shortly. We are also working on a paper for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series.

In the sidebar to the right is a list of projects giving an overview of my current work and the direction it is taking.

The Past

Before I began work as a data artist, I worked as a technical writer, multilingual desktop publisher, graphic designer, database admin, calligrapher, painter, data entry operator, lingerie model photographer, file clerk, overhead crane operator, carpenter, waiter, and lifeguard. I've done a lot of things in my life and I'm always looking to learn more.