About Me

dan_spector

I’m a developer, data visualization designer, and journalist in New York, working mostly with front-end web technologies. I’m currently a data visualization engineer at McKinsey. Previously, I was a graphics reporter at the Wall Street Journal. I graduated with a master’s degree in information design and data visualization from Northeastern University in Boston.

What I Like Doing

I enjoy making graphics and interactive toys to explain concepts and data. I especially like undertaking projects where I can build a narrative that presents a big idea. Most of my work utilizes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and frameworks like D3 and React. I also do data analysis in R, static design in Illustrator, and back-end in the Node-Express-MongoDB stack.

I’m also a firm believer in the power of words. Writing is my therapy.

My Job Goals

I love working in roles where I serve the public interest through graphic design and code. I’m particularly interested in politics, economics, and sports. Professionally, I can see myself as a graphics reporter for a news organization, or an information designer in a storytelling capacity. However, building my skills and learning from others is definitely number one on my list, and I am flexible enough to adopt to a variety of web development roles.

What I’m Doing Now

Updated 11-08-20

  • Finishing up the No B.S. COVID Tracker
  • Selling stuff on Craigslist.
  • Learning the solo from Fun Fun Fun by The Beach Boys.
  • Meditating and trying to accept.
  • For the first time in a long time, feeling cautiously optimistic about the American political process. Knocks wood vigorously
  • Going to the park, where I don’t have to try hard to social distance.

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