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Author Feature Friday: Hunter Whitney, Data Visualization & UX Designer

By: , Posted on: October 18, 2013

Hunter Whitney Introducing Hunter Whitney

Hunter Whitney is a User Experience (UX) designer who has helped create useful and usable interface designs for clients in areas ranging from bioscience and medicine to information technology and marine biology. In addition to his UX work, he has written numerous articles about a range of subjects, including data visualization, for various online and print publications. His aim is to encourage conversations among people with diverse skills and perspectives about presenting data in ways that are more widely accessible and engaging.

You can learn more about Hunter, his work and experience at his personal website here or connect with him on LinkedIn. He is an avid twitter user and can be followed at @HunterWhitney. Follow Hunter for up-to-date news on data visualization, design and user experience trends and tweet at him with your questions.

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Through both user experience design and writing, Hunter Whitney examines how design can help people make new discoveries in data and put that knowledge to use. He explores how building blocks such as multi-modal interfaces, data mining, and 2D and 3D visualizations can be put together in new “architectures of discovery.” One area of particular interest is visualizing the brain, which demands just such a multifaceted approach. His most recent article, Exploring the Brain Through Experience Design, published in UX Magazine offers some perspectives on this issue.

Hunter believes with more general awareness of the issues, the field can “truly enable meaningful collaborations among people with different expertise and skill sets.” “I want to engage people, to get them to look, think, and even play with the information they encounter every day. I hope to pique people’s curiosity and give them a better understanding of how the ability to interpret and use data gives us more control over our lives and work.” Ultimately, Hunter makes the case that data visualization is not just about technology; it’s a deeply human process.

Further Reading

You can read more about Hunter’s thoughts on user experience in his recent UX Mag article,  Exploring the Brain Through Experience Design and Tinkering in the Model Shop: Designing to Make the Abstract Tangible. He is a regular contributor to UX Mag and you can read all his articles here.

If you liked those articles, you’ll love Hunter’s book Data Insights: New Ways to Visualize and Make Sense of Data which is available for purchase on the Elsevier Store. Purchase his eBook between now and October 20th and save 50% on this definitive guide to content strategists, designers and data researchers.

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