Amanda Cox, Bloomberg, will give a keynote about making better simple charts

We’re excited to announce that Amanda Cox will give the keynote at Unwrapped, the Datawrapper conference this March. She’ll share insights from her many years as a data visualization editor, including what she’s learned about helping others to design good charts:

Amanda is currently the executive editor for data journalism at Bloomberg. After getting degrees in economics and statistics, she spent the first half of her career making graphics at The New York Times.

A 2012 data visualization by Mike Bostock, Shan Carter, Amanda Cox, and Kevin Quealy for The New York Times. “Annotation is powerful,” says Amanda about this project.
Data visualizations in a 2018 article by Emily Badger, Claire Cain Miller, Adam Pearce, and Kevin Quealy for The New York Times. Amanda: “It’s okay to break the rules if you have a good reason.”

After 16 years at The New York Times, she moved to USAFacts as head of special data projects, before joining Bloomberg last July.

Hi Amanda! What will your talk be about?

Use your words. Eat your cereal. Be brave. Stop to think if you should. These are all things a toddler could do. They are also suggestions for making simple charts. I’ll explain what I mean, and share some advice for helping others build great charts.

What’s your connection to Datawrapper? 

Gregor Aisch was one of the co-founders of Datawrapper in 2012. He worked at The New York Times for a few years, and then returned to Datawrapper. I was lucky enough to sit behind him at The Times in 2014 and 2015. 

And what’s your favorite Datawrapper feature?

It’s frictionless and welcoming. No login? No problem. Making a table that’s too big for mobile? Handled for you. Map data doesn’t match the shapes that you’re trying to map? It will help you fix it. The defaults are all thoughtful, the professional web stuff is all professional.

We’re looking forward to Amanda’s keynote at Unwrapped! To learn more about her, read this profile in the Times Insider section.

And to sign up for Unwrapped and hear Amanda and other great speakers, visit our conference website.