The world of Data Visualization is changing. Companies repositories of data are now growing so fast that the need for newer and more innovative ways to visualize data is finally upon us. The question is, who do we look to for the latest trends and themes in the Data Visualization game and who are the industry influencers? Well, we decided to investigate.
Below are our top 10 Data Visualization experts to follow on Twitter.
David McCandless is the author of the well-known blog and book Info is Beautiful and is one of the most well-renowned data influencers in the industry. His TED Talk is a prescription for all data enthusiasts. In recent years he has been exploring the use of data visualization and infographics to explore new directions for journalism and to discover new stories in the seas of data surrounding us. An alternative yet intriguing way of looking at data.
Aaron Koblin is an American digital media entrepreneur who is best known for his innovative use of data visualization. He is currently the Co-Founder and CTO of Vrse. Formerly he created the data arts team at Google and similar to David McCandless, Koblin’s TED Talk is a must for all data lovers. His knowledge surrounding data combined with his entrepreneurial instincts make following Koblin a smart choice if you wish to take your business to the next level.
Evan Sinar is DDI’s Chief Scientist and Director of the Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research. Evan is now a household name on Twitter within data science and data viz circles. With over 36K followers his posts frequently range from the history and origins of data to the different ways we can visualize data to make it more consumable.
Cole Nussbaumer is renowned for her love of telling stories with data. She is the author of “Storytelling with data: a data visualization guide for business professionals” and regularly writes the popular blog www.storytellingwithdata.com. If you’ve been lucky enough to attended one of her well-regarded workshops you’ll understand Cole’s love for looking at data from a holistic storytelling point of view. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have seen any of these presentations, don’t worry, you can catch it here
Edward Tufte is an American statistician and professor of political science, statistics and computer science at Yale University. Tufte is noted for his writings on information design and as a pioneer in the field of data visualization. If you are looking for somewhere to go that will broaden your knowledge on data visualization and data science, Tufte’s Twitter isn’t a bad place to start.
Naomi Robbins, a consultant and seminar leader who specializes in the graphical display of data is a must follow on Twitter if you want to learn how to clearly communicate your data with graphs. Robbins daily role lies in training employees of large corporations on how to effectively visualize data. She is also the author of “Creating More Effective Graphs” which you can find here.
Another big hitter in the world of Data Visualization, Andy Kirk is a UK based freelance data visualization specialist. He’s a design consultant, training provider and editor of Visualizing data among other things but his large following on Twitter is testament to his leading opinions on how companies can gain a competitive advantage by visualizing their data in different ways.
Scott Murray is all about working with code, data and computation to craft interactive experiences. He is the author of Interactive data visualization for the Web and if you are looking at an alternative way of looking at your data, checking this guy out on Twitter is a must.
Enrico Bertini is an assistant Professor at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His research focuses on the study of effective data visualization methods and techniques to explore and make sense of large and often high-dimensional data. Enrico is also the editor of fellinlovewithdata.com and his love for data can be vividly seen through the content he shares online. A must follow for any student of data visualization.
Author of Designing Data Visualizations, Noah lliinsky specialized in information design and is passionate about data visualization best practices for different industries. His website ComplexDiagram.com states that he likes “to build things that are helpful and educational”
By following data visualization experts on Twitter, it will naturally give you a better grasp of what’s happening the world of data and how you can apply it to your own business to increase success. Take the opportunity to interact with these thought leaders and grow your network and who knows, maybe one day you might be one of the “go-to” people for the latest trends in the expanding world that is Data Visualization.
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