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Welcoming New Faculty: Spring 2021

Nil Tuzcu head shot in black and white.

This semester, we are welcoming designer Nil Tuzcu as our new Metrics and Data Visualization 2 instructor. 

The first half of this year-long course–which our second years completed this past fall–centered on data and visualization for exploration: asking useful questions and engaging in purposeful discovery. This semester, the focus shifts from exploration to explanation as students utilize the theory and practice of data viz and metrics into their ongoing student projects. 

Nil Tuzcu is an award-winning creative technologist and multimedia designer working at the intersection of information design, data-driven storytelling, and digital humanities. In her multidisciplinary practice, she translates data into engaging visual narratives to make complex political, economic, and geographical data accessible to the public. 

Her projects were nominated for the Information is Beautiful Awards three times and won a best data visualization award by the Digital Humanities Awards. She is the creator of Istanbul Urban Database, a comprehensive multimedia archive of Istanbul, which has been recognized by leading institutional organizations and media outlets. She has spoken at numerous events and institutions, including European Union, Harvard University, Duke University, Northeastern University, and !F International Film Festival.

Originally trained as an architect at Cornell University, she attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was trained in information technologies and urban policy. She currently leads the information design at Harvard University’s Growth Lab digital projects.

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