Storytelling is the most powerful way
to put ideas into the world today.

Estes Park, Colorado

Wednesday March 9, 2016

Tapestry is an event designed to advance interactive online data storytelling. Tapestry brings different viewpoints together with the goal of generating a rich conversation about data storytelling.

This one-day, invitation-only conference includes keynotes, short stories, discussion, and a demo theater designed to provoke ideas and discussion across disciplines.


The fourth Tapestry event will be held at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Opened in 1909, the Stanley Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and has been featured as one of the most haunted hotels in America. The Stanley Hotel is best known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel, The Shining.
Estes Park, Colorado is roughly an hour and a half from Denver International Airport, which has flights to many US and international cities. We recommend Estes Park Shuttle for transportation. 

The Stanley Hotel

333 E Wonderview Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517


Tapestry is a day-long program with a mix of presentations, discussions, and a science-fair style demo showcase. There will be a Welcome Reception Tuesday, March 8th to kick-off Tapestry in style. All meals included.

Tuesday, March 8




Welcome Reception

Wednesday, March 9






Opening Keynote

Scott Klein

Assistant Managing Editor, ProPublica
Scott directs a team of journalist/programmers at ProPublica building large interactive software projects that tell journalistic stories, and that make complex national statistics relevant to readers and their communities.

ProPublica's news application team’s awards include three Online Journalism Awards for General Excellence, nine Malofiej International Infographics Award medals, the Data Journalism Award Jurors Choice Award, and 34 Society for News Design Awards of Excellence, including special recognition for “defining the design language of data-driven news apps.” The team maintains a blog at A full list of their projects is at

Scott also teaches in the Journalism+Design program at The New School, and is co-founder of DocumentCloud, a service that helps news organizations search, manage, and present their source documents. 



Short Stories

Derek Schwabe & Leigh Fonseca

Research Associate, Bread for the World Institute and, Managing Director, Living Data
Derek Schwabe works on policy analysis and data visualization and storytelling at Bread for the World Institute, the policy research arm of Bread for the World, a DC-based advocacy organization working to end hunger in the United States and worldwide by 2030. He leads the Institute’s volunteer data initiative, which enlists the help of pro-bono data scientists, designers, and storytellers to illuminate the most important, if elusive data stories surrounding hunger and poverty issues. The aim of his work is to make data human and actionable, putting it in the hands of advocates in every state who use it to urge their senators and representatives to support and strengthen life-saving U.S. anti-hunger programs and policies. 

Leigh Fonseca works with businesses to make them smarter by helping their people ask better questions and deliver actionable insights visually.  As a data strategy and visualization consultant, she works with startups and Fortune 100 companies, helping people break down their most important business questions and develop strategies for analyzing their data.  She works with executives and managers to understand their business, with engineers to build solutions and with analysts to find stories in the data that drive the business. Leigh founded LivingData in 2012 and in addition to working with private sector clients dedicates resources to doing Good Works with Data.  In 2015, these Good Works focused on exposing Hidden Hunger with Bread for the World Institute and in 2016, they are helping food banks and their networks share data and stories to close the hunger gap.

Short Stories

Catherine Madden

Data Designer and Doodler, Catherine Madden LLC
Catherine has been a life long doodler and designer who used to get in trouble during class for drawing portraits of her teachers. Her design career has evolved over the years from print, to interactive/user experience, to data visualization. After joining Deloitte Consulting in 2012, Catherine quickly learned that visual facilitation was the most powerful skill she could develop to enhance her work as a designer. As lead designer for a large analytics group, she used visual language to translate across clients, consultants, developers, and data scientists to create useful data dashboards and visualizations. Catherine recently founded a company that provides visual thinking services and workshops to empower others in the business world to do the same. Catherine has partnered with FiftyThree and Skillshare to publish a free online class about drawing data, and you may have seen her sketchnotes from various data visualization topics Twitter

Short Stories

Alan Smith

Data Visualisation Editor, Financial Times
Alan Smith is Data Visualisation Editor at the Financial Times in London. Previously he created the Data Visualisation Centre at the UK's Office for National Statistics with a brief to explore the potential of static and dynamic graphics to improve the communication of official data. Alan spent a year at the University of Colorado as a geography undergraduate - Tapestry Conference 2016 is a long overdue first return to the Columbine State!

Short Stories

Enrico Bertini

Assistant Professor, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Enrico Bertini is Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. His research interests are information visualization and visual analytics, with a focus on visualization for data science and communication-oriented visualization. He is also the host of Data Stories, a popular data visualization podcast.



Short Stories

Trina Chiasson

Senior Product Manager, Development, Tableau Software

Trina Chiasson lives at the intersection of data, design, and code. She's a Senior Product Manager at Tableau, where she works on Vizable, a new iPad app for visual data analysis. Previously she was the cofounder and CEO of Infoactive, a web app for turning live data into interactive infographics — and Tableau’s first acquisition. Trina was a 2013-2014 Data Visualization Research Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, where she launched and co-organized "Data + Design," an open source book that explains data and visualization concepts in simple language.


Short Stories

Eva Galanes-Rosenbaum

Public Opinion and Media Analyst, ReThink Media
Eva tracks opinion polls and analyzes media coverage on a range of political issues, from campaign finance to Islamophobia to nuclear disarmament. She provides actionable message guidance, media strategy benchmarking, and data visualization to coalitions of progressive organizations with the aim of helping them win. She has recently been thrilled to return to writing survey instruments and consulting on others' polling projects; she is also endeavoring to learn Python and natural language processing. Eva's research background includes positions at the World Affairs Council and as Associate Director of the Early Voting Information Center. She is one of that rare breed: a native San Franciscan residing in San Francisco!



Afternoon Keynote

Jessica Hullman

Assistant Professor in the Information School, University of Washington
Jessica is an Assistant Professor in the Information School and adjunct Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Before joining UW, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley, where her work was sponsored by Tableau Software. ​Jessica also holds a Ph.D. and M.S.I. from the University of Michigan.  
Jessica's research focuses on how visualizations and other interactive representations can make complex information more comprehensible to broad audiences, often in the context of data journalism. She typically starts by studying how expert human designers effectively convey data in storytelling and other engaging formats, and articulating specific design principles from their work.
Jessica's work has explored the design space of narrative visualization, including rhetorical strategies used to subtly persuade users to interpret data in a certain light, and design principles for sequenced storytelling visualizations. Her recent work looks at how inherent yet cognitively difficult aspects of scientific information, including uncertainty, scales of measurement, and scientific jargon can be made more understandable through new techniques and tools. For example, she has been investigating how visualizing a set of possible outcomes can make it easier for non-experts to understand the concept of data uncertainty, and how unfamiliar measurements (e.g., 400 gal,  224 acres) can be automatically re-expressed via  more personally relatable analogies (e.g., about the volume of a hot tub, about half the size of your city's biggest park). 

Demo Showcase


Closing Keynote

Nick Sousanis

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary
Nick Sousanis received his doctorate at Columbia University, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comics form. Titled Unflattening, it is now a book from Harvard University Press. He’s presented on his work and the importance of visual thinking in education at such institutions as Stanford, Princeton, UCLA, and Microsoft Research, along with keynote addresses for the Visitors Studies Association’s and the International Visual Literacy Association. In addition to Unflattening, his comics have appeared in various academic settings as well as The Boston Globe, and have been on display at exhibitions in Holland and Russia. He has taught courses on comics as powerful communication tools at Columbia, Parsons, and now at the University of Calgary, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Comics Studies.

Closing Reception


Bus to NICAR Departs


Megan Crigger

Developer & Designer
PBS NewsHour

Gregory Lewandowski

Data Kingpin (Chief Solutions Officer)

Erin Scronce

Communications Officer
CGAP/World Bank

Erik Jacobsen

Information Designer
Threestory Studio

Garfield Fisher

BaseMetrics Inc.

Barbara Spaulding

Houghton College, NY

Madison Murphy

Interim Assistant Professor of Media Arts & Visual Communication
Houghton College, NY

Collin Belt

CEO & Creative Director
Ice Nine Studios

Carmen McKell

Founding Director
Center for Data Science Analytics, Houghton College

Ammon Fife

Director Data Science and Analytics
Bonneville Communication

Present with Us

There are two ways to present. The first is to submit a 10-15 minute talk about any aspect of data storytelling. The second way is to request to present a demo at the demo showcase.

Apply to Present