The Chart Gallery 12/20: An Interview with Sarah Kay Miller!

Posted by Maddie Hall on 12/20/19 12:37 PM

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Welcome to a special edition of The Chart Gallery! Every Friday we're highlighting members of the data viz community and their favorite projects.  Today we're excited to introduce up-and-coming data viz superstar...


Sarah Kay Miller

Q & A

What do you want us to know about you?

I’m Sarah Kay Miller (I go by Sarah Kay) and I’m a data viz designer at Pentagram on Giorgia Lupi’s team. I’ve been making data viz since I was introduced to it as an undergrad in 2016. I also have a background in motion and graphic design, and previously worked as a UX designer at Domo. As a teenager, I really wanted to be a librarian because it seemed like their job was to organize the information of the world. I’ve always loved to organize and categorize things, and data viz is an amazing way to bring order to unruly data.

 

 

Sarah Kay's Creations

10,000 Days of Life
Adobe Illustrator, After Effects
2019
 

I made a visualization of what I’ve done for the first 10k days of my life. This took me a couple of weekends to make. I worked with my mom to collect dates of important events in my childhood, and used illustrator to build the viz.

 

Read more about how Sarah Kay made this piece in The Nightingale!

Museum of the City of New York: “What counts?”
2019

 

This is my first completed project working with Giorgia Lupi at Pentagram. It was fascinating to have such an open prompt and be able to create a data driven piece that was more artful than technical/informational. We worked with developers to build custom code for the projection and iPad survey. This project took about two months for our team to finish.

 

Vegetable Skyline

Google Sheets, Vegetables

2017

I made this a really long time ago as a school project. I don’t know how I came up with the concept, but maybe I was cutting vegetables for a soup one day and thought that food would be an interesting medium for visualization. This stop motion video shows how quickly each of the tallest buildings in New York were built. I used google sheets to collect data and calculate how quickly each building needed to be “built.” Vegetables have been by far the most challenging medium I’ve worked with.

Lately I’ve been really inspired by tactile artists. Nathalie Mienach has been making amazing data sculptures for years. I think women are making some of the most interesting and experimental viz right now. Rickie van Berkum’s knit data, Blair Shields’ embroidered heat maps, Helena Sarin’s folk AI art.

That's all for today's edition of The Chart Gallery.

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