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Make Data Work
Feb 17–20, 2015 • San Jose, CA

James Thompson
Lead Designer, Palantir Technologies


Hello, I am James. I’m 29, live in San Francisco, and work in tech. I grew up pretty modestly in small towns in FL and WV, read a lot of books on astrophysics and human evolution, got a degree in aerospace, and went to Stanford as an NSF Fellow.

People describe me as curious, creative, and a little crazy. My résumé calls me a product manager, a designer, and an engineer. I see myself as more of a scientist.

Today, I work at the intersection of people and data at Palantir, where I help design and manage products that straight-up blow my mind. We mold messy, complex, raw data into a narrative that ordinary people can read as easily as a Sunday comic—I call this humanizing data. I am endlessly inspired by my colleagues.


4:00pm–4:40pm Thursday, 02/19/2015
Design & Interfaces
Location: LL21 E/F
Ari Gesher (Kairos Aerospace), James Thompson (Palantir Technologies)
Average rating: ****.
(4.90, 10 ratings)
From its inception, Palantir Technologies has been about integrating the best of big data technology into systems that enable subject matter experts (as opposed to data scientists or programmers) to move through huge volumes of data and do their own data analysis. Equal parts data system design and UX, we break down the design of building systems usable by mere mortals. Read more.