Data Visualization

Formerly full-time at: Arc Worldwide, Analysis Group (primarily data analysis)

Worked for: Zumper, City of Chicago

Spoke at: Tradecraft, Chicago Data Potluck, eMetrics Chicago

Featured by: Business Insider, Avinash Kaushik

At Arc Worldwide, the marketing services arm of Leo Burnett, I made sales data easily accessible to global clients by designing and developing a platform that visualized performance data. I also redesigned monthly rent reports & internal dashboards for Zumper and created a heatmap of crime by neighborhood for the City of Chicago that hung in City Hall for a bit.

To satisfy my own curiosities, I have created data visualization projects about crime in Chicago, gun control, where to get coffee in San Francisco, and UChicago students.


Median Rent for a 1 Bedroom Across 50 Largest US Cities
From Report for Zumper - September 2015




Illustration

Worked for: Salesforce, Stanford d.School, AngelList, Ernst & Young, IDEO, SY Partners, Quiet Leadership Institute

Spoke at: HackMIT

Editor's Pick: Quartz, Tumblr, Reddit

Illustrated Improvise by Golin CEO Fred Cook (translated into Chinese)

Published in: Fast.Co Design, Quiet Rev (1, 2), Business Insider (1, 2, 3), Bored Panda (175k views), Bright Side (14k likes, 2.5k shares)

Featured by: CNNMoney, Marc Andreessen, 9gag (12,000+ upvotes lol)

I write and illustrate Out of the Office, a weekly comic that lovingly pokes fun at the tech industry. I hide envelopes that contain handmade stickers and booklets of my comics, then post clues on social media. You can see a photo of a found package below.

Most recently, I partnered with the Stanford d.School to craft and illustrate a card game that introduces speech therapy as play and interviewed top management at Salesforce to create comic campaigns that drove awareness and interest (comics received 150k+ views).











Product Design

Formerly full-time at: Genius

Worked for: AngelList, Brilliant, Propeller

Spoke at: Boston University, tech@NYU, Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE)

At (Rap) Genius I enabled the fact-checking, discussion, and exegesis of any page on the internet by designing and launching the web annotator. You can see a video of the product below - it has been used by The White House and Hillary Clinton's campaign!

I recently worked on the redesign of Brilliant, a custom branded merchanise service, and in 2014 I designed Propeller, a design-your-own-mobile-app product which was later acquired by Palantir.










Disciplines, Remixed

Projects viewed a cumulative 6.5+ million times

Appeared on the front pages of Economist.com and Hacker News

Published in: The Financial Times, The Freaknomics Blog (1, 2), Life Hacker, American Enterprise Institute Ideas, Pomona College Magazine

Featured by: NPR's Marketplace, Ask a Manager, Nouriel Roubini, Greg Mankiw, Marginal Revolution, NBC Chicago, CNBC, Spiegel Online

I like to bring form to feeling. 14 Ways an Economist Says I Love You, which communicates love via economics, has been used to teach economic theory in university courses and forever changed the public perception of economists (actual quote: "I never knew economist to get down like this! Now thinking of dating one!"). Similar graph-based projects include Get Hired, which gives advice on nailing a job interview, and Portrait of the Young Grad as an Analyst, which presents the highs and lows of analyst life.

I am currently creating similar charts, visualizing actual quantitative data, and co-authoring a book about emotions at the workplace with IDEO's Mollie West.










Experience Design

Worked for: Parliament

Co-led and designed workshops with Frans Johansson (The Medici Group), Keith Yamashita (SYPartners), Lareina Yee (McKinsey & Company), Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code), and Joelle Emerson (Paradigm)

I planned, organized, and designed PowerShift San Francisco 2016, an invite-only conference that brought together leaders across disciplines to brainstorm better ways of doing business. Attendees included GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock, Salesforce CMO Simon Mulcahy, authors Tom Rath and Chris Yeh, and Grammy-nominated musician Aloe Blacc.

As part of the conference, I created materials for and co-led a ninety minute module on diversity and inclusion with Frans Johansson of the Medici Group and Keith Yamashita, Founder and Chairman of SYPartners.











All Projects



To quickly answer a few frequently (n>3) asked questions: I primarily use Illustrator, d3, and a Wacom tablet. You can repost and use my work in presentations but please link back or give me a shout out (not necessary but I'd also appreciate an email - it makes me happy when people are excited about my work). If you'd like to hire me, please email me at liz@fosslien.com.


Data Visualization
  • Arc Worldwide
  • Zumper
  • Chicago Crime by Neighborhood
  • SF Caffeine Finder
  • Statistical Insight into the Typical UChicago Student
  • Crime Patterns in Chicago
  • A Drug Selling Gang's Finances
  • Firm Disclosures of Anticorruption Efforts
  • Marey Union Pacific Train Schedule
  • One Way or Another We're All Relative
  • Gun Control


  • Product Design
  • Genius
  • Brilliant


  • Experience Design
  • PowerShift San Francisco
  • Con[VR]sation


  • Other
  • PicnicHealth Identity
  • A List of Books I've Read
  • A Murakami Mad Lib
  • Street Art
  • Stop Visually Assaulting Me
  • My Life in Three Letters
  • A Startup Madlib
  • BLKSHP Identity
  • Comics & Illustration
  • Speech Therapy Card Game
  • Out of the Office
  • Salesforce Comics
  • Ernst & Young Comics
  • Company Culture for Quartz
  • A Culture of Innovation for Fast.co Design
  • Introvert Series for Quiet Revolution
  • Improvise Book Illustrations
  • A Very Strange Friend
  • Startup is the New Hipster
  • The Miracle of Life.io
  • Old Illustrated Layout


  • Disciplines, Remixed
  • Book: Emotion at the Workplace
  • 14 Ways an Economist Says I Love You
  • Portrait of the Young Grad as an Analyst
  • Get Hired
  • You're Wrong and I Hate You
  • Chicagoan Until Chicago Ends
  • Happy Mother's Day
  • I am Tired of Giving You the Same Advice
  • My Super Sweet Sixteen
  • Name that Rap Song
  • Pomona in 47 Charts











  • About

    Creating: doodles, photos, ideas

    Jamming to: fireflame beats

    Top Halloween costumes: bear market, moebius stripper

    "Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    I have always been happiest existing in the gap between disciplines, where science and art are complementary tools for self-expression and discovery. My favorite projects shake up stereotypes about quantitative subjects.

    I studied economics and math at Pomona College and interned at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. I then performed statistical and strategic analyses at the aptly named Analysis Group, built out data visualization platforms centered around cheeseburger sales at Leo Burnett, and focused on product at (Rap) Genius. Currently, I work on product design, illustration, and experience design projects with companies including Salesforce, SYPartners, and Ernst & Young. I live in Berkeley, CA.

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