Jamie Waese

I am a data visualization and user experience design researcher and practitioner. I currently work for TD Bank where I lead a small Data Visualization Lab in the Marketing Advanced Analytics department. In 2017, I completed a PhD in Data Visualization and User Experience Design from the University of Toronto where I designed and built web-based vis tools to help biology researchers make sense of their data. Before that, I worked in the entertainment industry as a production executive where I oversaw 250+ hours of children's television for Walt Disney TV Animation, CBC and Cookie Jar Entertainment. I also worked as an independent producer where I wrote, directed and produced for The Doodlebops, Caillou, and several other shows you have probably never heard of. I have an MFA from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California‘s School of Cinema. I also spent several years teaching filmmaking, digital media and design at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media and the School of Image Arts.

I am probably the first person ever to have their work published in The Plant Cell and Bioinformatics who also has credits on The Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.

There are similarities between making a television show that people want to watch and making a data visualization tool that people want to use. I love telling stories with pictures, especially when every aspect of the project must be designed and created from scratch. I was intrigued with Dr. Nicholas Provart’s collection of vis tools at the BAR and how they help biology researchers make sense of their data using a combination of clever coding and design. So, I switched from thinking about how to present information so it can be understood by five-year-olds to thinking about how to present information so it can be understood by everyone. It's totally different but, surprisingly, totally the same.