As individuals and companies across the world rely more and more heavily on social media, data visualization has become sine qua non in not only displaying analytics and metrics, but also in understanding macro and micro trends by platform, network and individual. This panel will explore information design, data visualization, relationship mapping and statistics -- and how they all fit together to create compelling infographics, data visualizations and dynamic dashboards in hot pursuit of the holy grail of information design: make it more digestible and more human. Proposed by well-known data visualization firm JESS3 (see especially: The Conversation Prism and The State of the Internet), the panel will not only share insights into what makes a good infographic or social media data visualization, but also seek to explore the significance of these graphics in relation to the expanding reach and uses of social media as not just tellers of social media stories, but part of larger content-based communications strategies.
Adam Bly founded Seed, ScienceBlogs, and Visualizing.org, and is the editor of "Science is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science + Society" (HarperCollins). He has lectured at the World Economic Forum, The Museum of Modern Art, Harvard, MIT, The Royal Society, and the State Department on the future of science and its role in society. In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He began his career at the age of 16 as the youngest guest researcher at the National Research Council of Canada, where he spent three years studying the biochemistry of cancer. He now lives in New York.
Benjamin is User Experience Designer and wholeheartedly passionate about making things understandable. He is founding partner and managing director of Interactive Things, a design and technology studio based in Zürich, Switzerland. He has helped clients like the UNDP, IKEA, Sony, FreshBooks or Bundle to unleash the power of data by creating intuitive and engaging user interfaces and data visualizations. Benjamin is also the editor in chief of Datavisualization.ch, a resource for news, insights and inspiration in the field of data visualization and infographics.
Eric Friedman is Director of Business Development at Foursquare. Eric was formerly at Union Square Ventures, a venture capital firm focussed on early stage web services and technology companies. He also spent three years working at Reprise Media, a full service SEM, SEO, and social media agency startup that was acquired by IPG in 2007. Prior to that Eric spent time at Grey Advertising working at Mediacom and Beyond Interactive with clients within both divisions. Eric has combined his entrepreneurial interests and experience in product management, finance, marketing, and account management in his work. Eric has a BBA from George Washington University.
Born on St Helena Island, in the South Atlantic Ocean, Robin studied in Colchester, Essex, UK, before returning to St Helena, where he worked as a teacher, ordnance surveyor and in local media. While on the island, Richards started and ran his own design business - the only one a 1,500 mile radius - and, as the story goes, owned the only imac and ipod in the South Atlantic for some time. In 2009, he moved to Bristol, UK where he started work with a new digital start with a focus on infographics, before moving on to become part of the JESS3 design team. Where he is responsible for overseeing their infographic output, while also working on on data visualisation across web and mobile platforms. His work has been featured on Techcrunch, Flowing Data, Fast Company, Gizmodo, BBC, Guardian, Alltop, Foursquare (I voted) and, his personal fav - informationisbeautiful.
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