Andy Kirk is a UK-based freelance data visualisation design consultant, trainer, author, speaker and editor of visualisingdata.com. He is founder of Visualising Data Ltd, undertaking design consultancy and delivering training.
After graduating from Lancaster University in 1999 with a B.Sc (hons) in Operational Research, he held a number of business analysis and information management positions at some of the largest organisations in the UK. At the start of 2007 Andy had his career-changing ‘eureka’ moment when he discovered the subject of data visualisation and unlocked a passion that he has pursued ever since.
After undertaking a Masters by Research M.A (With Distinction) programme at the University of Leeds, in February 2010 Andy launched visualisingdata.com with the mission of providing readers with inspiring insights into the contemporary techniques, resources, applications and best practices in this exciting subject. His consultancy work and training courses extend this ambition, helping organisations of all shapes, sizes and domains master the analysis and communication of their data.
Since November 2011 he has delivered over 75 public and private training events across the UK, Europe, North America, India, South Africa and Australia. Some of his clients have included Walmart, Disney, Intel, UNICEF, OECD and McKinsey.
In December 2013, Andy released his first book entitled “Data Visualization: a successful design process”, a handy strategy guide for anyone facing the challenges of designing a data visualisation and wanting to accomplish an effective solution in the most efficient way.
He is a guest lecturer on the Information Visualisation Masters programme at the highly-respected Maryland Institute College of Art (USA).
Introduction to Data Visualization
Learn the science behind how the brain interprets visual marks and inputs to more quickly and efficiently comprehend and understand data.