Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg lead Google’s “Big Picture” visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Before joining Google, the two founded Flowing Media, Inc.
, a visualization studio focused on media and consumer-oriented projects. Prior to Flowing Media, they led IBM’s Visual Communication Lab, where they created the groundbreaking public visualization platform Many Eyes
. The two became a team in 2003 when they decided to visualize Wikipedia, which led to the “history flow” project that revealed the self-healing nature of the online encyclopedia.
Viégas is known for her pioneering work on depicting chat histories and email. Wattenberg’s visualizations of the stock market and baby names are considered internet classics. Viégas and Wattenberg are also known for their visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Whitney Museum of American Art.