My name is James Grant. Data visualization is my passion.
Early into my career I was invited to showcase my work at Siggraph 2009. An attendee approached my booth to with my STOC data visualization project. After a few moments of me guiding her through it and letting play with it, she stepped back and said, “This can’t be the stock market. I understand this.”
Ever since, I have been hooked on that feeling of helping people realize that they can understand a complex system when its presented in a way that speaks to them.
I am fascinated with embracing the complexity of data sets. I seek to create visualizations capable of containing that complexity, yet still approachable enough for anyone to learn. It’s a fine art of creating such a combination, and I appreciate pushing the boundaries to get closer to the full complexity.
This idea of embracing complexity to create understanding is at the heart of my ethos, and it is best represented by this idea of “UniformChaos.” It’s the melding of two unlike parts (uniformity and chaos) to create a new, unique instance of understanding.
The logo exemplifies this idea. Both symbols are the letters for each word stacked atop the other, in a font I created. Surprising to many, the word “uniform” creates a more chaotic-looking symbol than the one created by the word “chaos,” which further solidifies the idea that sometimes chaos can be more organized than uniformity.