Giorgia Lupi

Giorgia Lupi is an information designer and researcher. Her work in information visualization frequently crosses the divide between digital and print, exploring visual models and metaphors to represent dense and rich data-driven stories.

After graduating in Architecture at Ferrara University in 2006 she as been involved in multidisciplinary projects on the information, technology and interaction design fields, using design and data visualization to convey complex systems of information.

She is co-founder and design director at Accurat (, an information design company based in Milan and New York; Accurat analyzes data and contexts and designs analytical tools and visual narratives that provide awareness, comprehension and engagement. 

Her work has been featured in different magazines such as the New York Times, Corriere della Sera, FastCompany, Slate, Forbes, the Atlantic Wire, Brain Pickings, Popular Science among all; and published in the recent "Infographic History of the World" Harper Collins book.

Her work won important awards in 2013: Gold Medal for data-visualization and Special Mention for best studio at the Kantar Information is beautiful awards, Gold Medal for data journalism at O'Reilly Strata, Bronze Medal at Malofiej 2013, Bronze Lion at Cannes Festival 2013, Special Mention in Core77 Design Awards. She currently lives in New York.

Session: The Shapes of My Thoughts

A journey into my personal obsession, drawing: a rigid ritual and a casual pastime, a design tool and a means of expression, but more than anything it is a compulsion and a liberation. The talk will elaborate on my own personal practice of drawing and its role as a design tool – to open mental spaces, recognize, name, repeat, remember, and thus understand the world I am designing for at a deeper level. In this talk I will walk through the composition of abstract drawings with data and without data. I’ll be showcasing preparatory sketches for data-visualization, abstract process drawings, explorations of visual elements as a linguistic system for compositions, and obsessive repetitions done with no purpose at all. I will dissect what the act of drawing does to my mind and thoughts, highlighting the aesthetic choices made along the way, unpacking how this casual habit became a sort of physical extension to my mind, creating a loop that fuels my personal and professional life. The talk will cover drawing as a projection of something you have in mind, drawing as an exploration of something you don’t have in mind yet, drawing to encourage the aesthetic understanding, drawing as an act of appropriation, drawing as the tentative manifestation of an insurgent if, drawing as a mixture of what you’re seeing and what you’re imagining, and ultimately, drawing as a continuous state of becoming.