code • information design • art direction


I am Flávio Pessoa, a data visualization designer. Design for me means to translate: explain the world, fill in the gaps where needed and, through visual metaphors, generate exchange of ideas and experiences. For the last years, I’ve worked as a designer in newspapers and magazines on science and technology, finance and literature.

Currently employed as a Data Visualization Designer at USA for UNHCR.

You can find me at:
flaviopessoa at

Work Experience

USA for UNHCR – The Hive
Data Visualization Designer
The Hive is USA for UNHCR’s innovation lab responsible for bringing data science, machine learning and new technologies into the organization’s operations to enhance fundraising for refugees.
Oct 2018 – Present

New York Institute of Technology – NYIT
Adjunct Professor
MFA Program Graphic Design – Information Design
Jan 2019 – May 2019

Columbia University
Adjunct Associate Professor
Course: Data Visualization
Sep 2018 – Dec 2018

Parsons School of Design
Teaching Assistant Major Studio 1 - 2018
Dataviz, graphic design and coding assistance to students
February 2018 – May 2018

Superinteressante Magazine • Abril Group
Art director & Graphic Editor
Art direction, layout and infographics for the biggest science and culture magazine in Brazil; also handled digital version for iPad, and digital projects for its website
March 2014 – July 2017

Época NEGÓCIOS Magazine • Globo
Art director & Graphic Editor
Art direction, layout and infographics for business magazine; also handled digital version for iPad
June 2010 – February 2014

Suplemento Pernambuco & Continente Magazine • CEPE
Senior Graphic Designer

Art direction for Suplemento, a literary newspaper, briefing photographers and illustrators
November 2008 – April 2010

Pick Imagem
Senior Graphic Designer

Graphic design for publications, branding and packages
July 2008 – October 2008

Academic Background

MSc in Data Visualization
Parsons School of Design
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Design Bachelor
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco | UFPE
2003.1 - 2008.1


52nd SPD (Society of Publication Designers)
Merit winner – Infographic (data visualization)
"How Politicians Spend Your Money" - Data visualisation for Superinteressante

36th SND (Society of News Design)
Award of excellence – Infographics

“World Cup Atlas” - Data visualization for Superinteressante

33rd SND (Society of News Design)
Silver medal – Cover Story Design
“A guide for investiments in 2012” - Layout, art direction and infographics for Época NEGÓCIOS

Award of excellence – Overall Design