FlowingData explores how we use analysis and visualization to understand data and ourselves.

The blog — a combination of highlighting others’ work, my own projects, and visualization guides — is a free resource for everyone. It’s completely supported by members, who get access to courses, tutorials, and The Process.

I’m Nathan Yau. I run FlowingData.

I have a PhD in statistics from UCLA, with a focus on visualization for presenting data to everyone. I want as many people as possible to understand data, and I think visualization — from statistical charts to infographics to data art — is the best way to get there.

I’ve been visualizing data for over a decade. I’ve written books. I make a lot of charts.

I was a winner of a FastCompany Innovation by Design Award for Graphic Design & Data Visualization; I’ve won Information is Beautiful awards; and I was featured in The Best American Infographics. I’ve worked as a researcher and for mainstream publications. My work leans towards practical but has also reached millions of people.

I like to cook. I like to brew beer. I’m an introvert. I feel uncomfortable talking about myself.

My work is based on these experiences.

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