Flávio Pessoa
is a multidisciplinary designer, with focus on: data visualization and coding. Parsons’ 2018 MSc in Dataviz


How politicians spend your money

Dataviz spread through 6 pages on monthly expenses by the brazillian Senate and Congress. This database has more than 300 thousand lines and 26 columns. The data was analysed with pivot tables in Google Sheets and visualized with Tableau; the artwork was later cleaned up in Adobe Illustrator.


52nd SPD (Society of Publication Designers)
Merit winner – Infographic (data visualisation)

Roles and tools

Art direction and infographics; Tableau

Done with

Carol Castro and Pâmela Carbonari (editing and story)
Marco Túlio Pires (data scraping in Python)

Computational Learning VS Computational Reality

Final thesis for the degree of Master Science in Data Visualization at Parsons School of Design. This was an experiment on visualizing similarities and differences between how children are taught coding and programming and trend-like concepts, like Github topics. Data was retrieved from Github API with Javascript, formatted and then displayed with a custom D3 word-cloud/dashboard. Website

Work still in progress; v2 should be released by the end of Summer.

V1 Repository

Written thesis


The relationship between computer-science education and computational trends in Github

Teaching children how to code is a common goal in education in the US. Initiatives by the public and private sectors – such as code.org and CSforAll – are trying to address this with extensive funding and recommendations for courses and syllabi.

But the long-term objectives of such initiatives are not clear. Will they create better citzens and more informed students? Or are they focused on a more productive workforce? These different agendas need to be aligned with concrete paths for the children and also juxtaposed with their professional and lived experience.

Based on CSTA K 12 Computer Science Standards, and Github repositories as proxies for applied computer science, this visualization shows gaps and opportunities on both sides.

Uncertainty Project

The robustness of a scientific finding must be judged not just by the merits of the original experiments, but also by the ability of these findings to be independently reproduced. Concerns that published findings, however, are commonly failing to reproduce have shaken trust in science, and led to calls for reforms in how scientific findings are evaluated and transmitted. Website

Work made with Steven Hubbard and Marcy Hudson. 

What does the economic complexity index look like near GDP per capita and GINI?

This is a project to focus on how to develop African economies (with all its weakness and strenghs). The Economic Complexity Index is chosen as a tool to understand sub-Saharan countries. But the ECI is complex: it tries to assess how the economy of a country is developed and its potential to breach into other areas of economic activity.

The slopegraph has 3 steps; 1st, the GDP per capita; 2nd, the ECI; 3rd, GINI. The vertical position of the corners of each line was normalized to the axis height. When the user clicks on one of the slopes, a histogram for that specific country and its indexes for the last 24 years loads on the left side.

The visualization was rendered with D3. GitHub live link