Fernanda Viégas

Fernanda B. Viégas is a computational designer whose work focuses on the social, collaborative, and artistic aspects of information visualization. She is a is a co-leader, with Martin Wattenberg, of Google's "Big Picture" data visualization group in Cambridge, MA.

Before joining Google, she and Wattenberg founded Flowing Media, Inc., a visualization studio focused on media and consumer-oriented projects. Prior to Flowing Media, they led IBM's Visual Communication Lab, where they created the ground-breaking public visualization platform Many Eyes, an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis. The two became a team in 2003 when they decided to visualize Wikipedia, leading to the "history flow" project that revealed the self-healing nature of the online encyclopedia. 

Viégas is known for her pioneering work on depicting chat histories and email. Her interest in the stories that people tell about these archives led to a series of visualizations of personal, emotionally-charged data. Viégas and Wattenberg are also known for their visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the MoMA in New York, London Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Whitney Museum.

Session: Seeing Invisible Influences

We'll talk about how we use visualization to spark the joy of revelation--mapping the invisible forces that surround us, from social networks to the play of the wind. To sweeten the pot, we'll show embarrassing outtakes from our design process.