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David McCandless          

Author of "Information Is Beautiful" & Infographics Expert

David McCandless is a London-based author, data-journalist, and information designer, working across print, advertising, television, and web media. His design work has appeared in over 40 publications internationally, including The Guardian and Wired. He champions the use of data visualizations to explore new directions for journalism and to discover new stories in the seas of data surrounding us. His blog and book, Information Is Beautiful, are dedicated to visualizing ideas, issues, knowledge, and data – all with minimal text.

In an age of high-speed living and information overload, visualized information has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate, and find meaning in a complex world. McCandless turns complex data sets – like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook status updates – into beautiful, straightforward diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. He explores how infographics create simple ways to see information that might otherwise be too complex or scattered to be grasped.

In Information Is Beautiful, McCandless and his cadre of "info designers" take a spin through the world of visualized data, from hard stats on politics and climate to daffy but no-less-important trends in pop music. His genius is not so much in finding jazzy new ways to show data – the actual graphics aren't the real innovation here – as it in finding fresh ways to combine datasets to let them ping and prod each other. Reporting the number of drug deaths in the UK every year is interesting; but mapping that data onto the number of drug deaths reported by the UK press, broken down by drug, is utterly fascinating (more deaths by marijuana were reported than in fact occurred, by a factor of 484%).

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Data Visualization, Infographics and Learning

David McCandless is an information designer, visualizer and author of the Information Is Beautiful book and online resource. David demonstrates through his own work how it is possible to cut through information overload and make sense of the vast quantity of data that we are confronted with in our everyday lives.

Data Visualization: Changing the Way We See the World

Award-winning writer, designer and author, David McCandless turns complex data sets - like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook status updates - into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. As a data journalist, McCandless' genius is in finding fresh ways to combine datasets to let them ping and prod each other, which ultimately changes the way we see the world.

Information Is Beautiful

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David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization

David McCandless describes data as the “new soil” since it’s a fertile medium that nurtures flowers of understanding. He creates aesthetically pleasing infographics that use shapes and colors to show patterns and connections in data, such as a 3D timeline called “Mountains Out of Molehills” that shows how non-issues (such as the Y2K bug) receive excessive coverage in the media during periods when there is no major news...

Visualisation expert David McCandless teams up with Kantar

UK— David McCandless, the data designer behind Information is Beautiful, has teamed up with research group Kantar to launch an award programme for data visualisations, and provide creative support...

Talks — David McCandless

A writer, designer, creative director, artist & entrepreneur living in London.

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