I bring together public health knowledge and data visualization design expertise to create meaningful charts and graphics, and teach others how to do the same.
I'm a public health data person who found my professional home in data visualization.
My roots are in public health data. I started my career as an analyst and evaluator, but quickly discovered that the most joyful parts of my work were in creating data visualizations for reports, infographics, dashboards, and other products.
Over time, I shifted my focused within public health programs increasingly towards chart and dashboard design. I spent eight years working in global health, five years in technology consulting, and now work independently, with the goal to make the fundamentals of data visualization a core skill learned by any public health professional. In addition to consulting,
I believe anyone can learn how to create a great chart.
Data visualization as a field where you can work full time, similar to pursuing a path as a full time writer, or as one tool in your tool box, similar to the ways most working professionals write emails or reports as part of their larger scope of work.
I believe anyone can learn, rather quickly, how to create a meaningful chart, focusing on your audience, the analysis finding you need to communicate, your chart selection, and the many seemingly tiny design decisions that go into a great graph. Then, you can spend a career building on those fundamental principles, refining your personal style, and experimenting with the many ways we break 'the rules' in data viz.
I focus on projects, writing, and speaking opportunities at the intersection of my public health and data visualization expertise.
Data visualization is a powerful tool - but with power comes great responsibility. I look for opportunities to collaborate with organizations looking to level-up their data visualization capabilities and think critically about the impact of the visualizations we create in public health.
Building communities to share knowledge about data visualization is critical to supporting individuals and teams on their learning journeys in data viz, which is why I serve as the current Executive Director and was a founding board member of the global Data Visualization Society.
Workshops & Teaching
I deliver customized data visualization workshops to help teams create effective charts and graphics.
Over more than a decade, I have trained more than one thousand people in more than a dozen countries around the world on data visualization design, including working with federal agencies, universities, Fortune 500 companies, and community advocacy organizations.
I speak on the human elements of health data visualization, visualizing data responsibly, and the intersection of data visualization and misinformation.
My keynotes and guest lectures bring together a mix of technical knowledge and personal stories about my experience as a public health data visualization designer.
I routinely volunteer as a guest lecturer on data visualization within university public health courses, reserve dedicated time for connecting with students to answer questions about data visualization careers.
My goal is to help you make health information meaningful through charts and graphs, working on projects of varying scale. I focus primarily on developing static charts to communicate analysis findings or to advocate on key public health issues.
I work primarily with researchers looking to level up their charts and figures for publications and social sharing and with community organizations using data for social good.
We need more research on how different audiences engage with data stories through visuals, but we also need to be mindful of how we generalize about our learning. I always find research on data visualization (particularly on what works for different audiences) interesting, but also get...
Over the past six months, JSI has been helping grantees of the Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) project in Zimbabwe and Guyana build capacity to transform data into usable information through data visualization. Data visualization is a powerful way to illustrate trends and outcomes,...
Recently, the Data Use Network shared Data Visualization That Works: Facilitating HIV Program Targeting, a paper that provides an overview of three case studies on data visualization in action. We often share examples of data viz work that we admire (or are confused by) but it's great to see...
Writing & Speaking
Each month, Amanda and the three authors of the Big Book of Dashboards - Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, and Andy Cotgreave - host a livestream conversation about the tiny design decisions that add up to exceptional charts and graphics.
Register for the upcoming Chart Chats:
Five Year Retrospective on the Big Book of Dashboards