Don't Play It Safe: Big Data Speaker Jer Thorp On Starting Your Career
In the National Geographic profile piece, Thorp recalls how he became a data artist and shares advice for others looking to break into the field. What does he suggest? First of all, he says drawing is a powerful tool for making sense of complex data. And further, you should continuously be thinking of new questions—even when you think you've arrived at an answer. Finally, he urges you to "understand that this fake boundary that we’ve erected between the sciences and the arts doesn’t need to be there." The two disciplines are intertwined—and those who succeed can harness the potential from each. In his talks, Thorp shares some of the stunning data visualizations he has constructed. He explains why mapping big data matters, and how it can help us to better understand who we are as people.