Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg
Visualization and the Joy of Revelation


Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg explore the joy of revelation: the special electricity of seeing a city aerially, hearing a secret, watching a lover undress. Viégas and Wattenberg investigate the art and science of visualization. Using data visualization technology, developed by computer scientists to extract insights from raw numbers, they show what happens when technology is aimed at data ranging from tropical storms to social networks, from arguments on Wikipedia to expressions of carnal desire. Viégas and Wattenberg currently lead Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before joining Google, the two founded Flowing Media, Inc. and created the groundbreaking public visualization platform Many Eyes at IBM. Viégas is known for her pioneering depictions of chat histories and emails. Wattenberg's visualizations of the stock market and baby names are considered Internet classics. Their work has appeared in the New York Times and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Conversations on Art & Science lecture series and supported in part by the Office of the President.

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg Collaborative website
Fernanda Viégas's website
Martin Wattenberg's website
"Lines and Bubbles and Bars, Oh My! New Ways to Sift Data," New York Times

Audio Podcast [MP3]


Flickr Flow, by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg History Flow, by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas. Photo by Matthew Jason Warford