Hi, I'm Jan Willem,
I create Data Visualizations

Notable talks

Past

Future of Publishing (EU)
Luxembourg
2018
IEEE VIS in Practice
Germany
2018
Data Literacy Conference
France
2018
Open Data Science Conference
UK
2018
OpenVisConf
France
2018
Transimage — keynote
Scotland
2018
DataVizFestival
The Netherlands
2018
EuroPython — keynote
Italy
2017
UN/IFAD Evaluation
Italy
2017
BNO IMG Lab
The Netherlands
2016
Nordic Data Journalism
Finland
2016
Visualized
USA
2015
Visualizing Knowledge
Finland
2015
Big Data for Media
UK
2015
Budapest BI Forum
Hungary
2014
DrupalJam — keynote
The Netherlands
2014
Visualized
USA
2014
Malofiej
Spain
2013
Infographics Congres
The Netherlands
2013

Awards

  • ☆ HPE Art Award · nominated
  • ☆ Malofiej · silver & bronze
  • ☆ Information is Beautiful Awards· silver
  • ☆ Visualizing.org· multiple wins

Exhibitions

  • 1 2 3 Data, France (2018)
  • Natural Recall, Italy (2014)
  • Ars Electronica, Austria (2012)
  • The Art of Networks, USA (2012)

Judging

  • • Information is Beautiful Awards
  • • Visualizing Cities
  • • Malofiej
  • • National Science Foundation Vizzies

Workshops

Dataviz Fundamentals

An introduction to the principles of data visualization design. The goal of the workshop is to increase data- and visual literacy. No experience required. No computer is required during the workshop — all exercises are done with pen and paper.

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Introduction D3

An introduction to creating visualizations with D3. The goal of the workshop is to learn the most common parts and usage of the D3 visualization library. Basic programming skills are required.

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Notable book appearances

The book of Circles
Manuel Lima
2017
Manuel de data visualisation
Jean Marie Lagnel
2017
Interactive data visualizaton for the web
Scott Murray
2017
Data visualization for success
Steven Braun
2017
Data visualisation
Andy Kirk
2016
The best American infographics 2016
Gareth Cook
2016
New challenges for data design
David Behanic
2015
The book of Trees
Manuel Lima
2014
The best American infographics
Gareth Cook
2013
The functional art
Alberto Cairo
2013
Design for information
Isabel Meirelles
2013
Infographic design
Choi's Gallery
2012

My story

me working

Being raised in a creative family, my wish as a child had always been to become an artist. Yet at an early age I found out that the world of computers fascinated me also. So, as a synthesis, I decided to study interaction design, hoping to find a job where I could apply my skills both on design and software.

After my study, it appeared that the jobs I was looking for were hard to find. When I look back now, I clearly see how my career repeatedly switched between working for very creative companies that always appeared to offer too little technical challenge for me, and working for very technical companies where there was not enough work that met my need for designing.

In 2010 I found out that there existed such a thing as data visualization. For me that was, and still is, the ultimate combination of software, design and interaction. I decided to become a freelancer. One year later I started my company TULP Interactive. This turned out to be the right choice: I have been creating data visualizations ever since.

Data Art

Many organizations have art on the wall. But wouldn't it be even greater if that piece of art was a unique representation of your company? An abstract image, based on data of your organization.