Back in the early 2000s I wasn’t the creative person you’ll see on this website. This was years before I began drawing comics and designing infographics.
I was just a young professional doing the data grunt work for a large social science research agency. It was a little boring but a fine job for a graduate with degree in sociology. And that’s just how things went, my positions changing just a bit as I gained more experience and progressed up the data career ladder.
It wasn’t really until my daughter was born that noticed something was missing.
When I was a kid, I loved to draw.
Now I wasn’t exactly artistically gifted, but if you gave me some paper and crayons I could be entertained for hours. But as the years progressed, through middle school then high school then college, my creativity faded.
I found it again through my daughter’s eyes. Watching her holding a stubby crayon in her tiny hand I remembered what it was like to create. And I started to draw again, not because I was good at it, but because I loved it.
Now-a-days I am a professional creative. My work has shifted from data collection and analysis to visualization and dissemination. I get to draw comics, design infographics, and build fun things to help share high quality evidence with the people who could benefit the most.
I do the work I do;
- because the important work requires creative work to have any true impact.
- because I enjoy helping my fellow data people rediscover their own creative spark.
- because I love it.
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