Jer Thorp

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Jer Thorp
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Scientific career

Jer Thorp (born 1974/5)[1] is a Canadian data artist from Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] Before becoming a data artist, he was originally trained as a geneticist. He holds an adjunct faculty position at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Interactive Telecommunications Program.[3] He was the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times in 2012, where he created Cascade, a tool for visualizing how stories were shared across social media.[4][5] and the Innovator-In-Residence at the Library of Congress in 2017.[6][7][8]

He and Jake Barton created an algorithm that arranged the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks, respecting their familial, personal and business relationships with each other; his visualization of their relatedness is exhibited at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.[9][10] Thorp collaborated with Mark Hansen, Ben Rubin, and Local Projects to create an interactive timeline of the attacks.[11] Thorp's visualization of the influence of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity on contemporary scientific research appeared in Scientific American's September 2015 commemorative issue on Einstein and was featured in The Best American Infographics 2016.[12]

Thorp is the co-creator of a data-based public artwork called Herald / Harbinger in downtown Calgary.[13] He co-founded The Office for Creative Research, which was a Brooklyn data management and visualization consultancy.[14] He is one of the founders of the Eyeo festival.

In 2021, Thorp released his first book, Living in Data: A Citizen's Guide to a Better Information Future.[15][16]


  1. ^ Nouraout, Laure (April 3, 2013). "The Don of Data". Narratively.
  2. ^ Moffitt, Kelly. "Redrawing boundaries — real and imagined — with digital artist Jer Thorp at the St. Louis Map Room". Retrieved 2018-03-15. Noted digital artist and designer Jer Thorp is the lead designer of the project.
  3. ^ "Jer Thorp". NYU. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  4. ^ LaBarre, Suzanna (25 April 2011). "Infographic Of The Day: Cascade, The New York Times's Tool For Tracking How News Spreads [Video]". Fast Company.
  5. ^ Richardson, Andrew (2017). Data-driven Graphic Design: Creative Coding for Visual Communication. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781474259774.
  6. ^ Lauren Drell. "This Man Makes Data Look Beautiful". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  7. ^ "Welcoming Jer Thorp as the Innovator-In-Residence". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  8. ^ "Jer Thorp - National Geographic Society". National Geographic. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  9. ^ Swaine, Jon (2 September 2011). "9/11 anniversary: the painstaking process to remember all the victims". The Telegraph.
  10. ^ Marshall, Julia; Donahue, David M. (2015). Art-Centered Learning Across the Curriculum: Integrating Contemporary Art in the Secondary Classroom. Teachers College Press. ISBN 9780807773260.
  11. ^ Shaunacy Ferro (2014-05-14). "New Museum Uses Algorithms To Visualize How 9/11 Still Shapes The World". FastCo Design.
  12. ^ Cook, Gareth, and Robert Krulwich. The Best American Infographics 2016, 2016, pp. 58-59.
  13. ^ "Herald/Harbinger". Arts Brookfield. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  14. ^ "The parts of our sum". The Office for Creative Research. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  15. ^ Thorp, Jer (2021). Living in data : a citizen's guide to a better information (1st ed.). New York. ISBN 978-0-374-18990-7. OCLC 1230253751.
  16. ^ "It's time to take back control of our data and become active data citizens, says author". CBC Radio. 2021-04-30.

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