Manuel Lima

Manuel Lima FRSA (born May 3, 1978) is a Portuguese-born designer, author, lecturer, and researcher. WIRED describes Lima as “the man who turns data into art” [1] while Creativity magazine considers Lima “the Edward Tufte of the 21st Century".[2] He is a leading voice on information visualization[3][4][5][6] and the founder of - A visual exploration on mapping complex networks. He is the author of three books translated into several languages, respectively Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information (2011), The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge (2014), and The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge (2017). He currently resides in New York City.


Lima has a BFA degree in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Architecture at Technical University of Lisbon and a MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design.[7] During his MFA program Lima worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping.

Lima has worked as a senior Interaction Designer for Danish design studio Kontrapunkt, advertising agency R/GA, mobile phone maker Nokia, Microsoft Bing and Codecademy. He currently works for Google as Design Lead.[8]

Public speaking

Lima is an active and prolific speaker who has lectured in dozens of schools, conferences, and festivals around the world on the topic of data and network visualization. Among these venues are TED, TED Global, Lift, Ars Electronica, OFFF, Eyeo, Reboot, VizThink, IxDA Interaction, Royal Society of Arts, New York Public Library, TEDx Buenos Aires, Harvard, MIT, Royal College of Art, Open University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Northeastern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, MediaLab Prado Madrid, Sheffield School of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon.


Lima was nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009"[2] and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2010.[9]


  • The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge (2017), Princeton Architectural Press, ISBN 978-1-61689-528-0
  • The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge (2014), Princeton Architectural Press, ISBN 978-1-616-89218-0
  • Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information (2011), Princeton Architectural Press, ISBN 978-1-568-98936-5
  • Blogviz (2009) ISBN 978-3-639-20902-0


  1. "The man who turns data into art". Wired. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. "The 2009 Creativity 50: Manuel Lima". Creativity magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  3. "The 21 Heroes of Data Visualization: Manuel Lima". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  4. "When it comes to making data sexy, you can't be too graphic". CNN. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. "Information Beautification". Creativity magazine. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  6. "Information Visualization: Cartography for the 21st Century". Forbes. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  7. "CV – Manuel Lima" (PDF).
  8. "Manuel Lima | LinkedIn". Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  9. Lima, Manuel. "Manuel Lima". Retrieved 2015-09-27.
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