Say Hi to Hans!

hans hack work

We’re very, very happy to introduce you to a new member of the Datawrapper team: Hans Hack. He’s a data visualizer, artist, tool builder and mapmaker who will work for us as a front-end developer 2.5 days a week.

Hans is an all-rounder. His data visualizations and map experiments are some of the most aesthetic we know. Not gonna lie, we’ve been fans for a long time. Find his portfolio at hanshack.com and read on to find out more about Hans and his decision to start working for Datawrapper:

hans hack workA hundredfold exaggeration of London’s heights, 2016. Visit the interactive version (also available for Berlin, Hamburg, and Brussels).

Can you introduce yourself and explain how you got interested in data vis?

Hi there, my name is Hans Hack - yes that’s my real name 😉. I’m an artist and web developer working in the field of data visualization with a strong focus on maps. I became interested in programming and maps when studying heritage conservation. Presenting and exploring research findings on maps was something that excited me. So I taught myself how to do it.

hans hack workTrump’s planned wall between Mexico and the US, as if it were in Europe. For Berliner Morgenpost.

hans hack workAleppo’s destruction reprojected onto Berlin, March 2017. Visit the interactive version.

Since then I explore the world of maps, web development and data visualization. I have worked for museums, newsrooms, artists, graphic design studios and foundations. You might have come across my work in newspapers, magazines, exhibitions, conferences and the web of course.

Why did you join Datawrapper?

I started working for Datawrapper because I like the small friendly team of people that have interests similar to mine. (It’s hard to find other places where you can talk about maps and data vis all day long…)

Also, I got asked to develop a really cool map tool. Stay tuned.

hans hack workA poster with all of Berlin’s 104 islands, 2016. Visit the interactive version.

hans hack workMap of Berlin on each dot equals one inhabitant, 2017. Visit the interactive version.

When I’m not working for Datawrapper, I work as a freelancer (feel free to contact me) and on side projects where I explore new data vis ideas. Also, I like giving mapping workshops and finding new inspiration for my work. So perhaps you may bump into me at some random conference, meetup or exhibition.

What’s an area of data vis that you still want to explore?

I would like to further explore ways that challenge the viewer’s perception of his/her environment. There are still many ways I haven’t explored yet and I’m excited to do this in the near future. A project that experiments with the idea of space is “Sorted Cities”, in which I sort building footprints by size.


Thanks to Hans for answering our questions, and welcome to the team! If you want to get in touch with Hans, find him on Twitter. Also, check out his work on his website hanshack.com.

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