Most of my work experience has had something to do with charts. I spent a couple years as a data journalist at a business magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, illustrating stories in one way or another. Then I spent a couple years at a financial analytics company, Kensho, working on information software for banks and hedge funds and such. The small tasks and parts were very similar; the big goals and context were very different!

Some of this follows from the users being specialists; some of it follows from that specialty being finance. Specialists make different space-time tradeoffs, in computer science terms…

Toph Tucker

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