Manuel Lima is the founder of Visual Complexity, a “comprehensive repository of complex network visualizations,” or in other terms, a collection of beautiful ways to see and understand data. These information maps often result in breathtaking forms that are visually arresting even when disassociated from the data they represent. The idea for the site was born during his MFA studies in design and technology at Parson’s School of Design, where he also created his thesis project, Blogviz. Lima is currently Senior User Experience Designer at Nokia’s Service & UI Design (SUID) team.
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