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Andy Kirk is a UK-based freelance data visualisation specialist: A design consultant, training provider, author, editor of visualisingdata.com, speaker 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 visualisingdata.com. This has grown to become a popular source of information about the increasingly popular data visualisation field, providing readers with information about contemporary techniques, resources, latest developments and key insights.
Andy became a freelance professional in 2011 focusing on data visualisation consultancy and training workshops. He has delivered over 100 public and private training events across UK, Europe, North America, India, South Africa and Australia. Some of his clients include Heineken, Disney, Intel, WHO, OECD and McKinsey.
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.
In December 2012, Andy released his first book entitled “Data Visualization: a successful design process”, a practical guide for anyone facing the challenges of designing data visualisations in the most effective and efficient way.
Between January 2014 and March 2015 Andy is working as a part-time co-investigator on a research project hosted by the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds exploring visualisation literacy amongst the general public.
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