From graphic designer to data visualisation specialist – A sharing from Will Su

Photo: Will Su on KANTAR Information Is Beautiful 2017

We have invited Will SU Jiahao, the winner of Information Is Beautiful Award 2017 to share his experience on data visualisation. As someone who entered the data visualisation industry with zero knowledge in neither programming nor statistics, he will talk about how he transitioned from being a traditional graphic designer to a data visualisation specialist within the span of one year. The process involves picking up programming skills and becoming comfortable with both front-end web development and back-end dev ops. He will also touch on the exciting process of visualising data, as well as some of the common questions and obstacles new comers may face, how to overcome them, and progressively acquaint themselves with the work-flow of a web-based data visualisation storytelling piece.

Event information:

  • Date: Jan 12 (Fri), 2018
  • Time: 11:30am – 12:10pm
  • Venue: Room 1024, Communications and Visual Arts Building, HKBU

We are offering a related course in the coming semester, JOUR2106 – Data Visualisation for News. Students who are interested in taking this course are strongly suggested to attend this session in order to get an overview of the potential outcomes after learning web programming and also get prepared with the upcoming challenges.

About Will Su

Will Su is a designer who is passionate about coding. His work focuses on presenting data efficiently and beautifully with fluid interactivity. He is currently pursuing an MS in data visualisation at the Parsons School of Design in New York, where he creates work that sits at the intersection of design, statistics, and computer science. Will is also working part-time as data visualisation engineer with Viacom’s data strategy team, where he collaborates with developers and data scientists to build data-driven products that enable the company to make better executive decisions through engineered intelligence.

Screenshot: NYC Foodiverse by Will Su

Awards and Links

  • Information is Beautiful Award 2017 – bronze in sports and leisure category LINK
  • Information is Beautiful Award 2017 – Longlisted in Science & Technology  LINK
  • New York City Media Lab MLB ARTICLEPROJECT_LINK
  • Behance featured in p5.js LINK
More of Will Su’s work can be found on his Github and Behance pages.


Posted by: Pili Hu

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