Hi, I'm David McCandless, founder of Information is Beautiful. Love pie.
Hate pie-charts. AMAs are beautiful.
Hiya. I’m David McCandless, a London-based author, writer, designer and
founder of Information is Beautiful (Facebook / Twitter). I’m interested
in how visualized information & data can help us understand the world,
and reveal the hidden connections, patterns & stories beneath the
surface. Edit (12:00 ET): I’m back, chomping through these great
questions. Keep asking. Edit (12:21 ET): Nice (inevitable) discussion on
pie charts already:
Edit (12:37 ET): Getting stuck into Excel now too…
**edit (13:50 ET): Taking a break - back in 10 or so. Back and on it.
edit (15:12 ET) I’m done. My brain is cooked! What amazing and
insightful questions. Thank you all very much for a great experience.
I’ll try to pop back later and answer some more questions. I’ve been a
big lurker on Reddit for years but maybe now I will come out a bit more.
At least to polish off some of the fights below… My main passion
is visualizing data & information about anything I don’t fully
understand, such as Snake Oil? Evidence for Nutritional Supplements, A
Million Lines of Code, or How Many Gigatons of CO2 Will it Take to End
the World?. The more stupified or confused by a subject I am, the better
the resulting viz, I’ve found. I particularly love applying a
visualization / design lens to unusual subject matter. Like The Left vs
Right Political Spectrum, Psychological Defenses, Rhetological Fallacies
or The Best Data Dog. Before design, I freelanced for outlets like The
Guardian and Wired. Before that, I was a video games reviewer and Doom
champion (I have eerie gaming skills). And yes, it’s true. I made The
Helicopter Game. These days, I’ve been playing with software, developing
a platform called VizSweet to generate static & interactive
data-visualisations. Examples: World’s Biggest Data Breaches, The
Internet of Things or every key relationship in the Middle East. I’ve
recently started teaching too so happy to answer questions on What Makes
a Good Visualization?. I see visualization as a new language, culture
and form of expression. I’m very excited about its future. I’m a
longterm Reddit lurker - so very honoured to be here. Here’s proof that
it’s me. I’ll be back at noon ET to answer all your questions. In the
meantime, Ask Me Anything.