This is a portfolio of work examples that characterise the wide range of my professional and public services, including learning resources and collections, as well as one-off personal projects. Not all commercial projects can be shared publicly but the work that is shown is created and shared with the motivation of spreading knowledge about good data visualisation practice. Click on these navigation buttons below to jump to the relevant sections below.


A motivation to help client organisations get more from and do more with their data themselves is at the heart of the range of visualisation design and consultancy services I offer.

The emphasis is always on offering best practice advice and assistance for developing client capabilities and solutions to their visualisation challenges. Rather than have data visualisation done to you, my motivation is to help you do it for yourself. My consultancy offerings include the following type of engagements:

  • Data Visualisation Evaluation – Reviewing existing visual products (reports, graphics, projects) and providing expert advice on recommendations for potential improvements and enhancements.
  • Concept Design Specification – Developing concept design specifications and/or providing detailed recommendations for visualisation solutions fit for an organisation’s purpose and context.
  • Facilitated Consultancy – Often an engagement that works as a companion to a training workshop, this service involves helping clients/organisations lead on developing their own potential solution to a workplace challenge under facilitated guidance .

Recent consultancy engagements have included working with Rethink Ireland and NUIG, for whom I advised on and developed visualisations for inclusion in a report presenting findings from ‘An Evaluation of Rethink Ireland’s Education Fund‘.

Between 2015 and 2020 I provided design consultancy services to Arsenal F.C. primarily working with the Performance and Research Team and erstwhile Head of Psychology & Personal Development, Dr David Priestley.

Now working as an Independent Consultant Psychologist, David continues to collaborate with Andy developing graphical reports for his work with elite sports people as well as business executives.

During early 2022 I had the pleasure of working with Bletchley Park’s Exhibitions Manager, Erica Munro, Elin Simonsson of Nissen Richards Studio, and other contributors, to provide data visualisation expertise to help shape a temporary exhibition, ‘The Art of Data‘. This exhibition explored how data can be visualised to reveal patterns and stories, helping us understand the world around us, and is framed around many of the themes synonymous with Bletchley.


As well as delivering commercial training, I’ve had a decade of experience teaching in academic institutes.

Between 2013 and 2017 I was a visiting lecturer (remote) with the highly respected Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in Baltimore (USA), teaching a module on the Information Visualisation Masters programme

Between 2016 and 2018, I also taught a data visualisation module as part of the MSc Business Analytics programme at Imperial College Business School in London (UK).

Since 2019 I have taught a data visualisation module on the MSc Business Analytics programme at the University College London (UCL) School of Management (UK).

I frequently deliver guest lectures to other academic institutes, with the most regular relationship established with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), since 2020, reaching students on the Communication and Media Design programmes.


Between 2014 and 2015 I was contracted as an external consultant working on a research project called ‘Seeing Data’, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and hosted by the University of Sheffield.

Seeing Data was a group of research studies which aimed to better understand the place of data visualisations in contemporary society. 

The specific study I was involved in explored the issues of data visualisation literacy among the general public and, among many things, helped to shape an understanding of the human factors that affect visualisation literacy and the effectiveness of design.

Since 2021 I’ve provided expertise on a University of Leeds led, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research to conduct analysis of our eRAPID cancer patient symptom datasets and evaluate how symptom data can and should be presented to patients.

In July 2022 I was thrilled to be invited to participate (remotely) in the prestigious Dagstuhl seminar about ‘Visualization Empowerment: How to Teach and Learn Data Visualization‘.


Beyond writing books, I frequently writes articles for other websites and publications. Some recent pieces include:


I am always really thankful to be invited to deliver talks at conferences or organisations, participate in webinars, and join as guests on other podcasts. Here’s a compilation of my past appearances:

**MORE TO BE ADDED FOR 2020 onwards**

  • 25th January 2020: Presented at the ‘Data Viz Live’ conference in London
  • 29th November 2019: Gave a lunch time talk at ABN AMRO in Amsterdam
  • 15th November 2019: Spoke at the BIG2019 conference in Olso
  • 14th November 2019: Spoke at the INDVIL conference in Olso
  • 10th October 2019: Gave a guest lecture at the Lloyds of London data lab
  • 10th October 2019: Delivered a talk to colleagues at an analytics away-day for Expedia/ staff in London
  • 30th September 2019: Gave a talk at the North West TUG in Manchester
  • 20th September 2019: Spoke at the Encode conference in London
  • 29th July 2019: Presented at the NUX Leeds meetup
  • 20th June 2019: Gave a talk to members of the British Computer Society (BCS) in London
  • 2nd May 2019: Took part in the live data viz debate event as part of the London TUG
  • 14th February 2019: Gave a talk to researchers and students at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds
  • 11th December 2018: Gave a guest lecture at the Lloyds of London data lab
  • 16th October 2018: Presented at the first Yorkshire Tableau User Group meetup
  • 28th February 2018: Gave a talk to post-doc researchers at Imperial College
  • 9th January 2018: Gave a talk at the MancDB meetup in Manchester
  • 23rd November 2017: Gave a talk at the Hacks/Hackers meetup in Brisbane
  • 19th July 2017: Gave a talk to staff at’s Leeds HQ
  • 15th May 2017: Gave a talk at Sage’s annual staff meeting in their London HQ
  • 23rd March 2017: Gave a talk to staff and students at the University of Edinburgh Business School
  • 23rd March 2017: Spoke at the DataFest 2017 Summit in Edinburgh
  • 8th February 2017: Gave a talk for staff and students at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL) in London
  • 7th February 2017: Spoke at the London Business Analytics Group
  • 7th September 2017: Gave a talk at Lloyds of London
  • 16th June 2016: Gave a talk at the Information+ Conference in Vancouver
  • 14th June 2016: Presented at the Vancouver Data Visualisation Meetup
  • 9th June 2016: Gave a talk to colleagues at Oxford Policy Management (OPML)
  • 7th June 2016: Spoke at the Market Insight Forum in London
  • 23rd May 2016: Spoke at the London Tableau User Group meeting
  • 20th April 2016: Gave a talk at the ICNARC Case Mix Programme conference in London
  • 22nd March 2016: Gave a talk at the ‘Making Informed Decisions with Big Data‘ event being held @3MBIC in Huddersfield
  • 10th February 2016: Gave a talk at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Warrington as part of the ‘Techtalk’ series of lectures
  • 24th November 2015: Gave a talk at UK Parliament
  • 10th November 2015: Spoke at the ‘What Can Data Visualisation Do’ event at the University of Sheffield
  • 30th July 2015: Spoke at the Melbourne Data Visualisation Meetup
  • 5th June 2015: Gave a talk at Saggezza HQ, Chicago
  • 20th March 2015: Gave a talk at the National Audit Office, London
  • 3rd February 2015: Spoke at the PyData London Meetup
  • 22nd January 2015: Gave a talk at the AztraZeneca Advance Analytics Centre (AAC) symposium in Alderley Park, Chester
  • 15th January 2015: Did a recorded video interview with Alicia Sutton of ReachMD, during the ACEhp Annual Conference
  • 15th January 2015: Spoke at the ACEhp Annual Conference in Dallas, TX. Here are the slides
  • 22nd November 2014: Giving a talk at in London
  • 23rd October 2014: Speaking at the Data Visualization Group in the Bay Area Meetup at the University of San Francisco
  • 18th/19th September 2014: Spoke at ScienceComm in Switzerland
  • 4th September 2014: Spoke at the ‘Visualize It!‘ event in Utrecht
  • 6th August 2014: Spoke at the London Business Analytics Group
  • 24th April 2014: Gave a talk at OpenVis Conference in Boston
  • 27th March 2014: Gave a talk at the School of Computing, University of Dundee
  • 19th March 2014: Speaker at the launch of the Dublinked Data Visualisation competition
  • 6th February 2014: Speaker at the Higher Education Strategic Planners’ Association annual conference in Warwick
  • 24th January 2014: Speaker at the Design of Understanding annual conference in London
  • 5th December 2013: Speaker at the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Issue Brief event in London
  • 29th August 2013: Speaker at the INMA Conference in Oslo
  • 16th May 2013: Speaker at the NYC Data Visualisation Meetup
  • 8th May 2013: Speaker at an Information Design Association (IDA) event in London
  • 25th April 2013: Speaker at the Big Data Week London event
  • 15th/16th April 2013: Speaker at II-SDV 2013 Conference in Nice, France
  • 21st March 2013: Keynote speaker at the Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operational Research annual seminar
  • 26th/27th February 2013: Talk and workshop at the Dashboarding for Peak University Performance conference at the University of Nottingham
  • 11th February 2013: Talk given at Tableau UK HQ in Richmond
  • 17th January 2013: Talk and panel discussion at the Bank of England’s ‘The future of regulatory data and analytics‘ event
  • 10th January 2013: Talk given to folks at Facebook HQ in San Francisco (slide deck)
  • 8th January 2013: Talk at Seattle Datavis (SeaVis) Meetup (similar slide deck)
  • 8th January 2013: Talk given to folks at Tableau HQ in Seattle
  • 19th October 2012: Guest talk at the Big Dive EU event in Turin, Italy.
  • 19th/20th September 2012: Speaker at the Big Data World, Europe conference, London
  • 16th July 2012: Presentation at a Nuffield Foundation event, exploring visual navigation for STEM subjects.
  • 14th June 2012: Speaker at the Chicago Data Visualisation Meetup
  • 14th June 2012: IDEAS Talk for Orbitz at their Worldwide HQ in Chicago – watch a video of the talk
  • 24th April 2012: Panel member for the Big Data Week, London community meetup
  • 17th April 2012: Speaker at Big Data Con, Mainz, Germany
  • 18th to 23rd March 2012: Judge and speaker at the Malofiej 20, Infographics World Summit and Awards
  • 23rd February 2012: Visualisation seminar at the School of Computing, University of Leeds
  • 12th November 2011: Speaking at the data visualisation marathon event, London



  • 7th October 2021: Very happy to have been the first English guest on episode #16 of ‘Data Voorstellingen’ to chat with two of my dutch pals, Ben de Jong and Michel Dekker
  • 24th March 2021: Invited to episode #66 of the ‘BI or Die’ podcast, to talk about the Data Viz process with hosts Kai-Uwe Stahl and Viktoria Hell.
  • 29th June 2020: I had the pleasure of being invited to record a episode #32 of the ‘Storytelling With Data’ podcast with Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic.
  • 15th January 2020: Recorded a live ‘Data Viz Debate’ video for Tableau
  • 19th December 2019: Data Stories Episode #152: As part of the annual review for 2019, contributed a section regarding latest developments about data visualisation tools
  • 7th November 2019: Had a video interview with Bill Shander for ‘LinkedIn Learning’ discussing ‘The Little of Visualisation Design’
  • 25th July 2019: After the flood podcast Episode #1: Discussing the the current trends of data visualisation in sports: within the sport, about the sport
  • 29th November 2018: Data Stories Episode #132: Discussing the latest generation of data visualisation tools
  • 21st October 2018: Policy Viz Podcast Episode #137: Discussing our experiences in Potsdam of the Information+ Conference 2018
  • 13th February 2018: Policy Viz Podcast Episode #114: Discussing our experiences at Facebook HQ of the Social Science Foo Camp
  • 29th December 2017: Policy Viz Podcast Episode #108: Discussing new projects and trends in the field
  • 27th February 2017: Data Stories Episode #92: Contributed to the tribute show dedicated to Hans Rosling
  • 6th December 2016: Being Freelance Podcast: Discussing my experiences as a freelance professional
  • 13th September 2016: Policy Viz Podcast Episode #56: Discussing the challenges of book writing
  • 9th March 2016: Data Stories Episode #69: Reviewing the findings and implications of the Seeing Data visualisation literacy research
  • 7th January 2016: Rad Presenters Podcast Episode #29: Discussing a range of topics relating to our roles as presenters/trainers
  • 16th December 2015: Data Stories Episode #65: Reviewing the major trends and developments during 2015 and preview the main hopes and expectations for 2016
  • 20th August 2015: Tableau Wanna Be Podcast Episode #31: Discussing some of the nevers and shouldn’ts of data visualisation
  • 10th March 2015: Policy Viz Podcast: Discussing data visualisation literacy
  • 22nd January 2015: Data Stories Episode #46: Reviewing the major trends and developments during 2014 and preview the main hopes and expectations for 2015
  • 27th June 2014: Data Stories Episode #37: Discussing the teaching of data visualisation
  • 6th May 2014: Nature Jobs Podcast: Discussing the teaching of data visualisation
  • 25th January 2014: Data Stories Episode #31: Reviewing the major trends and developments during 2013 and preview the main hopes and expectations for 2014
  • 7th January 2013: Data Stories Episode #16: Discussing our feelings on what was big in 2012 and our hopes and expectations for 2013
  • 25th June 2012: Interview on Interviewed by Ben Jones about the state of data visualisation
  • 24th April 2012: Data Stories Episode #5: Covering the subject of data visualisation training
  • 30th March 2012: Data Stories Episode #4: Reflecting on Malofiej #20, discussing the judging process, detailing the conference talks and the week in general


This is a collection of tools, applications, and libraries across many different categories of the data visualisation technology landscape. For long-term visitors to this site, this page replaces and updates what was previously an interactive catalogue of ‘resources’, as shown in the image.

Some of the tools listed are directly applicable to the creating of data visualisations (like making charts or developing interactives), others may assist with aspects of the creative process (such as statistical analysis, colour generation, sketching).

*New version of this resource catalogue coming soon…*


The ‘Chartmaker Directory‘ is a catalogue of examples and solution references to help answer the common question about the capability of different tools with respect to making different charts.

It includes around 40 of the most common tools whose primary purpose is making charts. Alongside this is a list of around 50 distinct chart types and at the intersecting cells are references to examples, indicating that chart is possible to make in that tool, and then, arguably most usefully, links to solutions that give the answer to ‘how’.

Launched in 2017, this directory began as simply an organised repository of my collected bookmarks, but was then expanded to become a crowd-sourced solution, available for anyone to access and contribute. Though it does not claim to be an exhaustive directory, with over 1300 references – and growing – it should offer a useful practical guide to understand what tools will make which charts, and what charts can be made with which tools.


Here is a random sample of 6 articles from this series.


Here is a random sample of 6 articles from this series.

The 'Six Questions With...' Series

Here is a random sample of 6 articles from this series. to