An Incomplete List of Females in Data Visualization

I rewrote this post 4 times, in an effort to give it a calm and professional tone. And then I thought “Ah fuck it, this is my blog and I can say whatever I want.” I’m writing this post because I just listened to an interview about data visualization. It took place among 4 men who were positioned around the globe and lasted over an hour. In that time, I didn’t hear them mention even one woman. In the references they posted, only men were listed. This post is to point attention to the awesome women in data visualization, not just out there kicking ass, but going the extra distance to show others how its done.

Bloggers with Data Viz Instructions

Ann Emery  How-to instructions on dataviz best practices, coauthor of the Data Visualization Checklist, and video guides on Excel formulas

Angela Zoss So happy someone pointed me to this blog

Russian Sphinx Tableau tutorials and more

Anya A’Hearn Screenshots of how to pull together an array of tools to create powerful viz

Cole Nussbaumer Preaching the best practices, right within Excel, with downloadable template to boot

Bloggers with Data Viz Advice

Lynn Cherny  She codes but her blog posts are not so much about that, rather they are excellent, thoughtful reads, including this one on starting to freelance your data viz skills

Tiffany Farrant  Considerate analysis of dataviz and a monthly roundup of the cool stuff in the field, working in Illustrator

Jen Underwood Business intelligence dataviz, across several platforms

Naomi Robbins Blogging for Forbes

Jen Stirrup Writing about big data, business intelligence, and SQL (so I don’t understand half of it but the other half is awesome)

Kelly Martin Sweet Tableau advice

Caroline Ziemkiewicz Not a blogger, but published a super important paper with Robert Kosara

Andee Kaplan Teaching & blogging on dataviz with R

Designers with Inspirational Portfolios

Jen Christiansen  Mainly scientific viz, lots of sankey, dot plots, inspiration

Hillary Mason  What you can do with code

Rachel Binx  Oh look at that coding skill!

Heather Krause  Infographics, the good kind

Kim Rees  Interactive dataviz central!

Meli Lewis Data scientist at Periscopic

Jane Pong  Elegant infographics, made without code

Kristina Szucs  Beautiful interactive displays, made me drool

Stefanie Posavec  Intricate, complex,  hand-made dataviz

Maral Pourkazemi Gorgeous infographics, full of graphs and none of that useless bullshit

Laura Kurgan Leading the Spatial Information Design Lab, kicking ass, taking names

Anna Powell-Smith She’s the one that made that awesome viz on dress sizes that made me want to buy a sewing machine

Iskra Velitchkova Making beautiful work at Mapacino

Kat Greenbrook Finalist in Information is Beautiful infographic contest

Uta Hinrichs Data + art in an understandable and accessible way

Isabel Meirelles Writing  and research too!

Mirjam Leunissen Running Dutch Data Design

Fernanda Viegas Wow!

Putting Dataviz in the News

Lena Groeger  ProPublica

Sisi Wei ProPublica

Kennedy Elliott Washington Post

Kat Downs Mulder Washington Post

Darla Cameron Washington Post

Emily Chow Washington Post

Katie Park Washington Post

Hannah Fairfield New York Times

Amanda Cox  New York Times

Alicia Parlapiano New York Times

Haeyoun Park New York Times

Alicia DeSantis New York Times

Jennifer Daniel New York Times

Alexis Lloyd  New York Times (R+D Lab)

Sarah Slobin Wall Street Journal

Rani Molla Wall Street Journal

Lisa Strausfeld Bloomberg

Soo Oh Chronicle Data

Lam Thuy Vo Al Jazeera

Joanna Kao Al Jazeera

Katie Peek Popular Science

Michelle Minkoff Associated Press

Kaeti Hinck MinnPost

Kelly Shea Seattle Times

Marianne Bouchart Bloomberg

Heather Billings Chicago Tribune

Speaking/Teaching on Dataviz (in addition to those above)

Mico Yuk  and dashboards!

Giorgia Lupi  Slides and video for some talks available

Tamara Milosevic  Teaching at FDV

Petra Isenberg Publishing research on dataviz. Be still my heart.

Gaia Scagnetti Lovely viz and lots of teaching

Irene Ros Interactive datavis developer, blogger and teacher

Tamara Munzner Teaching, publishing, testing the viz world

Katy Borner Teaching and publishing, especially on maps and networks & leading IVMOOC

Dona Wong Wrote The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics

Cindy Royal Teaching at Texas State University

Julie Koesmarno Workshops on SQL

Cynthia Brewer Among other things, the brains behind my favorite site, ColorBrewer

Michelle Borkin Of that famous research study on what makes a viz memorable, plus other stuff of course

Sara Irina Fabrikant Heavy research on maps, etc.

Heike Hofmann Profing at Iowa State

Deborah Swayne Researching & publishing at AT&T labs

Dianne Cook Teaching/publishing.visualizing climate change (hell yes!)

Sheelagh Carpendale Rocking it out at the University of Calgary

Miriah Meyer Check the qualitative study on how designers design with data

Cyndey Neilsen Using dataviz to understand genomics & saving the freakin world

Susan McGregor Teaching at the Columbia Journalism School

Chrys Wu What isn’t she doing?

Jessica Hullman Speaking on design trade-offs in this cool video

Tweeting about Dataviz (in addition to those above)

Jen Lowe

Sarah Groff-Palermo

Emily Kund

Anita Lillie

That’s more than 50 females in dataviz. You can see them all in my Twitter list. And I’m sure there are many more I have missed. And if we start looking at related fields, like all the women in this geoviz list, or amazing people like my friend Kylie Hutchinson, who address dataviz in broader contexts, the list becomes massive. Which is why it’s increasingly frustrating that we are repeatedly left out of the old boys club.

So GOOD LORD how is it 2014 and one of my primary fields is so male-dominated that I still have to bring attention to badass females??? One day, I’m going to be able to delete this post because it will be obsolete.

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