With a fascinating career that has “tracked alongside the major technological developments in and out of the newsroom that brought us to the current point in data visualization,” Prof. Alberto Cairo was described in a Microsoft / Story Labs profile as “always in the vanguard of visual journalism.” A renowned visualization designer and art director with many years of experience leading graphics and visualization teams in several countries, he joined the University of Miami School of Communication to teach courses on infographics and data visualization, where he was subsequently honored with a Knight Chair in Infographics and Data Visualization.
About Alberto Cairo, PhD
Currently, Prof. Cairo is also Director of Visualization at UM’s Frost Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC), and a Faculty Fellow at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Beyond his role as Associate Professor in the School of Communication’s Department of Journalism and Media Management, in the past decade Prof. Cairo has taught and consulted in more than 30 countries. He has worked for Microsoft, Google, the U.S. National Guard, the Congressional Budget Office, and many other companies and institutions. He has been the keynote speaker at many conferences about data journalism, data science, and visualization, such as Microsoft’s Data Insights, the JMP Discovery Summit, Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, New Directions in Health Communication, or the Ihaka Lectures.
Prof. Cairo is the author of four books How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information (W.W. Norton, 2019), The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (Peachpit Press, 2016), The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (Peachpit Press 2012), and, his latest, The Art of Insight: How Great Visualization Designers Think. (Wiley Publishing Company 2023).
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In conversations with several leaders in the field of data visualization, Prof. Cairo delivers an inspiring exploration of how they make design choices. The book is a
celebration of visualization, and a personal journey that dives into subjects like:
- How the professional background and life experiences of every designer shape their choices of what to visualize and how to visualize it.
- What designers from different countries and cultures, and working in different fields, such as data art, data analytics, or data journalism, have in common, or how they differ.
- How designers reflect on research, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic judgments to make decisions on appropriate ways to encode data, or the most appealing visual style.
A perfect book for data scientists and data journalists, The Art of Insight will also inspire artists, analysts, statisticians, and any other professional who uses data visualizations.