Nadieh Bremer is a freelancing data visualization designer and artist, working from Amsterdam, with a background in data science. In 2011 she graduated as an Astronomer from the University of Leiden. Looking for more tangible and dynamic work she left the world of academia and worked as a Analytics Consultant at Deloitte.
It took her a while to figure out that, although she liked doing data analysis, she loved the visualization of the analysis & insights. In her evenings and weekends she started teaching herself about the subject of data visualization and posting personal projects on her blog VisualCinnamon.com. A year later in 2015 she got the opportunity to join Adyen as a full-time data visualization designer. And finally, in 2017 she gathered the nerve to go full-time into freelancing, focusing more on the creative kind of data visualization.
Nadieh's projects include web-based interactive visualizations, frequently using a storytelling technique to show insights into complex data, and static visualizations that typically allow a bit more freedom in their design. She also likes to explore the world of data art; something that wouldn’t look bad hanging on a wall, or that can be used as branding/marketing material.
Data sketches: a year of exotic data visualizations
"Data sketches" was a year-long collaboration between Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu, both freelancing data visualisation designers. Each month they chose a topic and visualised it in an overly elaborate & geeky manner. But besides sharing the end result, they also wrote extensively about the creation process.
In this talk, Nadieh will share her most important lessons learned in the fundamental areas of data, sketching & coding the visual onto the screen. About how some months became favourites, what mistakes were made along the way, and how they were overcome.
She'll especially highlight that many visualizations had humble, ugly duckling beginnings, but that through many (embarrassing) iterations they were turned into unique and, hopefully, compelling results. And finally, she'll touch upon the impact & benefit of collaborating heavily with someone (halfway across the globe) for a year.