Three Questions with… Nancy Organ

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Nancy is currently a freelance data visualization designer and developer, with past lives in medical research, tech, and teaching. Find her on LinkedIn (nancyorgan) and Medium (@nancyorgan), and check out her recent writing for Nightingale.

1. All of your visualizations from now on have to follow the aesthetic of a certain decade (1930s, 1970s, etc.). What decade would you pick and why?

2040s! I’m so excited to see what the future of data visualization holds, particularly as newer media like AR/VR and sonification gain traction.

2. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make a chart expressing something about your life using only objects currently around you (computers and pen/paper not allowed). Look around you—what would you use to make your chart, and what data would it reflect?

My chart expresses the struggle of refrigerator inventory from memory. I’ve named this piece: “Turns out, I Already Had Lemons.”

3. What is one visualization that has inspired you?

Giorgia Lupi’s “Bruises – The Data We Don’t See” completely changed my understanding of visualization as an art form in addition to a pragmatic tool.

Giorgia Lupi and Kaki King, “Bruises: The Data We Don’t See.

Claire Santoro is an information designer with a passion for energy and sustainability. For 10 years, Claire has worked with governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and higher education to accelerate climate action by communicating complex information in an engaging, approachable way. Claire holds an M.S. in environmental science from the University of Michigan.