|Alma mater||Ph.D. Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Laboratory|
|Known for||History Flow, Many Eyes, Chat Circles|
|Fields||visualization, design, interactive art, journalism|
Viégas received a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab in 2005. The same year she began work at the Cambridge, Massachusetts location of IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center as part of the Visual Communication Lab.
In April 2010, she and Martin M. Wattenberg started a new venture called Flowing Media, Inc., to focus on visualization aimed at consumers and mass audiences. Four months later, both of them joined Google as the co-leaders of the Google's "Big Picture" data visualization group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Viégas began her research while at the MIT Media Lab, focusing on graphical interfaces for online communication. Her Chat Circles system introduced ideas such as proximity-based filtering of conversation and a visual archive of chat history displaying the overall rhythm and form of a conversation. Her email visualization designs (including PostHistory and Themail) are the foundation for many other systems; her findings on how visualizations are often used for storytelling influenced subsequent work on the collaborative aspects of visualization. While at MIT, she also studied usage of Usenet and blogs.
Collective intelligence and public visualization
Her work with visualizations such as History Flow and Chromogram led to some of the earliest publications on the dynamics of Wikipedia, including the first scientific study of the repair of vandalism.
Viégas is one of the founders of IBM's experimental Many Eyes website, created in 2007, which seeks to make visualization technology accessible to the public. In addition to broad uptake from individuals, the technology from Many Eyes has been used by nonprofits and news outlets such as the New York Times Visualization Lab.
Viégas is also known for her artistic work, which explores the medium of visualization for explorations of emotionally charged digital data. An early example is Artifacts of the Presence Era, an interactive installation at the Boston Center for the Arts in 2003, which featured a video-based timeline of visitor interactions with the museum. She often works with Martin Wattenberg to visualize emotionally charged information. An example of these works is their piece "Web Seer", which is a visualization of Google Suggest. The Fleshmap series (started in 2008) uses visualization to portray aspects of sensuality, and includes work on the web, video, and installations. In 2012, she launched the Wind Map project, which displays continuously updated forecasts of wind patterns across the United States.
- Chat Circles. Fernanda B. Viégas and Judith Donath. ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), 1999 
- Visualizing Conversations, Judith Donath, Karrie Karahalios and Fernanda B. Viégas . Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Vol. 4, Number 4, June 1999 
- Studying Cooperation and Conflict between Authors with history flow Visualizations. Fernanda B. Viégas, Martin Wattenberg, and Kushal Dave. ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), 2004 
- Many Eyes: A Site for Visualization at Internet Scale. Fernanda B. Viégas, Martin Wattenberg, Frank van Ham, Jesse Kriss, Matt McKeon. IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 2007 
- "Luscious". Fernanda Viégas & Martin Wattenberg. Book chapter in Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design. Ed. xtine burrough, Routledge 2011
- "Beautiful History". Fernanda Viégas & Martin Wattenberg. Book chapter in Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data Through the Eyes of Experts. Ed. Julie Steele, Noah Iliinsky. O'Reilly Media, 2010.
- "A New Chapter — Visual Hint". Hint.fm. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "That was fast! — Visual Hint". Hint.fm. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- "Fernanda B. Viégas". Fernandaviegas.com. 2008-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
- Chat Circles. Fernanda B. Viégas and Judith Donath. ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), 1999
- Baby Names, Visualization, and Social Data Analysis Martin Wattenberg. InfoVis 2005
- Jeffrey Rosen, Your Blog or Mine?, New York Times Magazine, December 19, 2004
- 2004: Studying Cooperation and Conflict between Authors with history flow Visualizations. Fernanda B. Viégas, Martin Wattenberg, and Kushal Dave. ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI)
- Anne Eisenberg, Lines and Bubbles and Bars, Oh My! New Ways to Sift Data, New York Times, August 30, 2008
- Folha de S.Paulo, Many Eyes é criação de brasileira, November 1, 2008'.
- New York Times Visualization Lab Archived 2009-02-14 at the Wayback Machine
- "Fernanda Viégas".
- Cate McQuaid, Inside squash: art and sport confined, Boston Globe, April 29, 2009
- "The Week In Ideas - On With The Wind", The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2012.
- Chat Circles
- Donath, Judith (2006). "Visualizing Conversation". Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 4 (4). doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.1999.tb00107.x. S2CID 14364077.
- CHI 2004
- IEEE Xplor
- Net Works: Case Studies In Web Art and Design. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415882224/
- Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data Through the Eyes of Experts. http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920000617.do