Research Seminar: Mr. Andy Kirk - The Art and Science of Data Visualisation

Date: 27 March 2014

Time: 11:00

Location: Wolfson Lecture Theatre (QMB)

Host: Dr Rachel Menzies

In this talk Andy will provide an overview of the art and science of data visualisation. He will introduce some of the fundamental design, analytical and critical thinking challenges involved in effective visualisation and explore some contemporary examples. He will also review some of the recent key developments and trends, and take a peek at the prospects for data visualisation in 2014 and beyond.


Andy Kirk is a UK-based data visualisation specialist: A freelance design consultant, training provider, author, editor of, and researcher. After graduating from Lancaster University in 1999 with a B.Sc (hons) in Operational Research, he held a number of business analysis and information management positions at some of the largest organisations in the UK, including West Yorkshire Police and the University of Leeds. In December 2009 Andy completed a Masters by Research M.A (Distinction) programme (University of Leeds), studying the subject of data visualisation and soon after launched This has grown to become a very popular resource in the data visualisation field, aimed at providing readers with inspiring insights into the contemporary techniques, resources, and insights about this exciting subject.

Andy became a freelance professional in 2011 focusing on data visualisation consultancy and training workshops. He has delivered over 75 public and private training events across UK, Europe, North America, India, South Africa and Australia. Some of his clients include Walmart, Disney, Intel, WHO, OECD and McKinsey. In December 2013, Andy released his first book entitled “Data Visualization: a successful design process”, a handy strategy guide for anyone facing the challenges of designing a data visualization and wanting to accomplish an effective solution in the most efficient way. His activities extend to being a visiting lecturer at the highly-respected Maryland Institute College of Art (USA) teaching on the Information Visualisation Masters programme and a co-investigator on research grant exploring visual literacy amongst the general public, a 15-month project funded by the prestigious Arts & Humanities Research Council.

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