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David  McCandless

David McCandless

Author of Information is Beautiful & Infographics Expert

David McCandless

Author of Information is Beautiful & Infographics Expert


David McCandless is a London-based author, data-journalist, and information designer, working across print, advertising, television, and web media. His design work has appeared in over 40 publications internationally, including The Guardian and Wired. He champions the use of data visualizations to explore new directions for journalism and to discover new stories in the seas of data surrounding us. His blog and book, Information is Beautiful, are dedicated to visualizing ideas, issues, knowledge, and data – all with minimal text.

In an age of high-speed living and information overload, visualized information has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate, and find meaning in a complex world. McCandless turns complex data sets – like worldwide military spending, media buzz, and Facebook status updates – into beautiful, straightforward diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. He explores how infographics create simple ways to see information that might otherwise be too complex or scattered to be grasped.

In Information is Beautiful, McCandless and his cadre of “info designers” take a spin through the world of visualized data, from hard stats on politics and climate to daffy but no-less-important trends in pop music. His genius is not so much in finding jazzy new ways to show data – the actual graphics aren't the real innovation here – as it in finding fresh ways to combine datasets to let them ping and prod each other. Reporting the number of drug deaths in the UK every year is interesting; but mapping that data onto the number of drug deaths reported by the UK press, broken down by drug, is utterly fascinating (more deaths by marijuana were reported than in fact occurred, by a factor of 484%).

Speaker Videos

TED: The Beauty of Data Visualization

Speech Topics

Information Is Beautiful