How to See Data

Visualization & Interface, Murray Hill (NY Hilton)
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Do you work with data regularly but struggle to show it in meaningful ways? Do you wish to energize your others with compelling visual information? Do you feel the communication of your data sometimes falls flat?

The way we deal with data is so far removed from its actual meaning, that it can be difficult to get back to the richness of it. This session will cover practical methods for conveying data visually, such as:

  • “Unthinking” data
  • Sketching data ideas
  • Metaphors
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Emotion of data

You will walk away better equipped to communicate the nature of your data.

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kim rees


Kim Rees is a founding partner of Periscopic, an award-winning information visualization firm. Their work has been featured in the MoMA as well as several publications, including Print Magazine, CommArts’ Interactive Annual, The Information Design Sourcebook, Adobe Success Stories,,, and others. Periscopic’s body of work was recently nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.

Kim is a prominent individual in the data visualization community. She has published papers in Parsons Journal of Information Mapping, was an award winner in the VAST 2010 Challenge, and is a guest blogger for Kim has been featured on CommArts Insights and has presented at several industry events including the Wolfram Data Summit, Strata, VisWeek, Tableau Software Conference, WebVisions, and Portland Data Visualization.
Recently, she was the Technical Editor of Visualize This, by Nathan Yau of She was a judge on the WikiViz Challenge 2011 and CommArts Interactive Annual 2012.


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