Creative Lives — Emily Maguire’s unlikely route into becoming a freelance information and data visualisation designer

Posted 05 March 2018 Interview by Indi Davies

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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