Kim Rees

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Kim Rees
Alma materNew York University
AwardsAPDU Data Viz Award
Scientific career
FieldsData Visualization

Kim Rees is an American computer scientist and data visualization professional located in the Washington DC area. She is currently the head of Data Visualization at Capital One.[1] Prior to joining Capital One, Rees co-founded the data visualization firm, Periscopic and worked there for 13 years.[2] Rees is perhaps best known for her work on a Periscopic project visualizing gun deaths.[3]


Rees started her career after graduating from New York University with a B.A. in Computer science in 1993. She worked as a programmer at Interfilm from 1994 to 1996; then moved on to R/GA until late 1997. For the next seven years, she worked independently as a programmer and strategist, working primarily in languages such as c++ and Java. She worked for clients such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and Warner Bros. She worked as an advisor to the US Congressional Budget Office.[4]

Rees was one of the first practitioners of data visualization.[5] She has spoken at major conferences, including the Eyeo festival and Strata.[4][2] She served as a judge for the data visualization competitions WikiViz Challenge 2011 and CommArts Interactive Annual 2012.[6][7][8]

Rees is known for her work with Periscopic, her data visualization company that aims to "do good with data."[9] In particular, the visualization US Gun Deaths received a lot of media mentions.[10][3] As an expert in data and visualization, Rees is often called on to comment about current events.[11][12][13] She argues that "Data is a language... a means to convey an opinion, an argument." and uses that philosophy to inform how she works with data and imagery.[14][15]

She was a guest on the Data Stories podcast, hosted by Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner.[16]


  • 2017 APDU Data Viz Award, Government Category[17]
  • 2010 VAST Challenge[18]


  1. ^ Rees, Kim (2017-04-18). "Launching Data Visualization at Capital One". ONE Design Community. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  2. ^ a b "Kim Rees Is Speaking at Strata + Hadoop World in New York 2015". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  3. ^ a b Valentina Palladino (2013-02-06). "Gun-death Data Boldly Illustrates Stolen Years". Wired.
  4. ^ a b "Kim Rees". eyeo festival.
  5. ^ Mark Wilson (2013-03-25). "What's The Secret To Great Infographics?". FastCo Design.
  6. ^ "Kim Rees keynote Strata Conference London 2012 "The Dirty Truth about Data Literacy"". YouTube.
  7. ^ Dario Taraborelli (2011-07-15). "WikiViz 2011: Visualizing the impact of Wikipedia". Wikimedia Foundation.
  8. ^ Kim Rees (2012-03-06). "Reflections on Being a Juror for the 18th Communication Arts Interactive Annual". Periscopic.
  9. ^ "Periscopic: Do Good With Data".
  10. ^ "US Gun Deaths".
  11. ^ Mark Wilson (2016-11-17). "Why We Had No Idea Trump Would Win". FastCo Design.
  12. ^ Maria-Xenia Hardt (2013-05-28). "Kim Rees on data visualization: There's a story in every piece of data". ISOJ.
  13. ^ Christiansen, Jen (2014-02-18). "Don't Just Visualize DataVisceralize It". Scientific American.
  14. ^ Cotgreave, Andy (2016-06-28). "Lies, damn lies, and statistics: How to take something positive from the UK's EU referendum campaign". InfoWorld. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  15. ^ "Episode #64: Kim Rees". Policy Viz. 2017-05-06. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  16. ^ "99: Data Visualization at Capital One with Kim Rees and Steph Hay". 2017-02-06.
  17. ^ Brendan Buff (2017-08-15). "Announcing: 2017 APDU Data Viz Awards Winners". Association of Public Data Users.
  18. ^ Kim Rees (2010-12-28). "Our VAST Challenge Award".