Dan Spector

Web developer, data visualization designer, journalist

I’m a web developer with a master’s degree in information design and data visualization. I’m front-end focused and very excited about the intersection of data, design, and code. Most of my work utilizes HTML, CSS, modular JavaScript, Node.js, and frameworks like D3 and React.

Location
New York, New York, United States
Website
https://danspector.io
GitHub
inspectordanno
LinkedIn
dan-spector

Experience

present

Web Developer, Data Visualization Engineer (full-time contract) at McKinsey & Company

I create data visualizations and interactives for readers at McKinsey.com, working with publishing stakeholders at a top consulting firm.

Highlights

  • Craft delightful public-facing projects showcasing McKinsey research
  • Collaborate in a multidisciplinary team of editors, writers, and designers
  • Highlights include “McKinsey for Kids”, “Do You Know Your Life’s Purpose?”, and “Nine Scenarios for the COVID-19 Economy”

Graphics Reporter (temporary full-time contract) at The Wall Street Journal

I created static and interactive graphics in a newsroom environment, as well as performed data analysis.

Highlights

  • Developed interactive graphics in a modern JavaScript environment using React and D3
  • Tamed and interpreted datasets with R
  • Produced graphics for print on deadline with Illustrator
  • Led development on a project about college debt that received over 3 million views

Information Design Student at Northeastern University

I created visual, data-driven applications in a studio environment as part of my graduate studies.

Highlights

  • Developed an interactive thesis about why the penny should be eliminated
  • Analyzed the U.S. craft beer industry according to geography, beer style, and chemistry
  • Visualized rent poverty in a gentrifying neighborhood of Boston

Video Editor / Social Media Producer at CKD Solutions

I produced video and social media content for a company promoting women’s corporate leadership development.

Highlights

  • Crafted a speaker reel for the CEO, spending months iterating and revising footage
  • Edited video from conferences about women in the workplace issues and female executive career growth
  • Revamped company marketing strategy on social media

Education

M.F.A. in Information Design and Visualization from Northeastern University with GPA of 3.71

Courses

  • Programming Basics (P5.js)
  • Visualization Technologies (D3.js)
  • Statistics for Designers (R)
  • Geographic Information Systems (ArcMap)
  • Studio 1 (Graphic Design)
  • Studio 2 (Data Journalism)
  • Studio 3 (Thesis Class)
  • Research Methods
  • Information Design History

B.A. in Government from Cornell University with GPA of 3.59

Courses

  • Political Science
  • Writing

Skills

Languages
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Keywords:
  • English
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • R
Front-End Development
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Keywords:
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • React
  • Redux
  • D3
  • Webpack
  • P5 (Processing)
  • Gatsby
Back-End Development
Level:
Keywords:
  • Node
  • Express
  • REST API
  • MongoDB
Graphic Design
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  • Illustrator
Data Analysis
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  • Tidyverse
Video Production
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  • DSLR
  • Premiere Pro
  • Final Cut Pro
  • After Effects
Writing and Editing
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Interests

Writing
Keywords:
  • Journaling
  • Interactive Fiction
Music
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  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Vinyl
Reading
Keywords:
  • Novels
  • News
Watching sports
Keywords:
  • Agonizing teams from Philadelphia

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