Creative Lives — Emily Maguire’s unlikely route into becoming a freelance information and data visualisation designer
For Emily Maguire, the role of an information and data visualisation designer is not something she’d have ever imagined doing – before a self-starting move propelled her into a niche and specialist realm. Leaving education after completing an art foundation course in 2005, Emily took up her first design job at brand and communications research agency Hall & Partners in 2008. After noting how bewilderingly long the agency’s research reports for clients were, she took it upon herself to compress them into a single page of infographics, and just like that – a new skill set and job title was born. Work for Reuters, RBS and the Ministry of Justice have followed, as well as a two-year stint at the BBC – leading a team to reimagine the company’s infographic and data visualisation style. A freelancer for the past two years, we get to know Emily’s analytical approach, and learn why she wishes she’d paid more attention in maths classes at school.
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