I draw quite a bit.

A lot of you lovely folks are my friends on twitter, so you may have seen some of these links floating along in your  stream, but here’s a bullet-pointy list of what I’m busy doing.

For the past 15 years, I’ve been a professional writer, illustrator, and concept director. I develop theories, campaigns, books, and creative media that reimagine formats and provoke thought. Yes, this often involves an insane number of charts, graphs, and illustrated presentations.

Started in August of 2006, Indexed has been noted around the web—much to my continued shock. Thank you to everyone who has shared the link and joined the party. Originally, I described this site this way: “This is a little project that allows me to make fun of some things and sense of others without resorting to doing actual math.”

For more on me and what kind of work I do, there’s this.

Clients I’ve partnered with:

  • AOL
  • BBC Magazine Online
  • BBC Capital
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  • Esquire, Russia
  • NEON Magazine
  • Readers Digest, Canada & US
  • Redbook Magazine
  • Headline News
  • The New York Times
  • New York Magazine
  • Random House, Berlin
  • Taschen Publishing
  • Chronicle Books
  • Penguin’s Viking Studio
  • O’Reilly Publishing
  • McClatchy News Service
  • Gestalten
  • Forbes
  • MOO, London
  • Salesforce.com
  • Plenty Magazine
  • GOOD Magazine
  • Golf Digest
  • JibJab.com
  • SmithsonianMag.com
  • Pearson Education
  • CurrentTV
  • Guinness Atkinson Funds
  • The Seattle Times
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Starbucks
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Microsoft
  • Weight Watchers
  • Deloitte
  • SuccessFactors
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • CareerShifters.org

Places I’ve spoken:

  • Eyeo Festival, 2014 (Minneapolis, MN)
  • WebStock, 2104 (Wellington, NZ)
  • SXSW 2012, 2013 (Austin, TX)
  • L2 Innovation Summit, 2012 (NYC)
  • HUDDLE 2011 (London, UK)
  • The Mayo Clinic’s Transform Conference 2010 (Rochester, MN)
  • Pilot Books Micro Residency, 2010 (Seattle, WA)
  • PCBC 2010 Conference (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ward Johnson Winery Gallery, 2010 (Seattle, WA)
  • InfoCamp, October, 2009, (Seattle WA)
  • FOO Camp, August, 2009 (Sebastapol, CA)
  • Ignite Seattle, August 2009 (Seattle, WA)
  • VizThink, February 2009 (San Jose, CA)
  • Design Commission Gallery, October 2009 (Seattle, WA)
  • He Said/She Said Artist Series, March 2008 (Chicago, IL)
  • POPTech 2007, (Camden, ME)

Books I’ve helped create: 


  • The Art of War, Visualized, Workman 2015 (nonfiction)
  • Here in Line for Security, Ribbon Pig, 2014 (poetry)
  • How to Be Interesting, Workman, 2013 (nonfiction)
  • Indexed, Viking Studio/Penguin 2008
  • Schnittmengen, Random House (Berlin), 2010 (nonfiction)
  • Rotisserie Chicken or the Founding Fathers, Chronicle Books, 2009 (nonfiction)


  • Work for Money, Design for Love, New Riders Press, 2013
  • Breakthrough! Overcome Creative Block & Spark Your Imagination, Cornell University Press, 2013
  • Data Points, Visualization that Means Something, Wiley 2013
  • Liberate Leadership, Green Olive Press, 2012
  • Real Texts: Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines 2nd Edition, Longman (a Pearson Imprint) 2012
  • End Malaria, Domino 2011
  • Information Graphics, Taschen Publishing, 2012
  • I Love Charts, Sourcebooks, 2012
  • You Only Need to Get Rich Once, Greentree Press, 2012
  • What Matters Now, Domino, 2009
  • Age of Conversation (Editions 1, 2 & 3), 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Ecotone, Vol. 4 #1 2008
  • Data Flow, Gestalten, 2009
  • Beautiful Visualization: Visualization Through the Eyes of Experts, O’Reilly, 2010
  • Linchpin, Are Your Indispensable?, Portfolio, 2010
  • The World is a Text, Vol. 4, Pearson Education, 2011

Awards people have given my work:

  • Webby Award, Personal Site, 2010
  • Associate Member, International Academy of Digital Art and Sciences, 2010
  • Top Women in Tech, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2009
  • Time Magazine’s Best Blogs of 2008
  • The Morning News, “Our Favorite Reason for the Internet to Exist,” 2008
  • PC Magazine’s Favorite Blogs of 2007
  • Webby Award Nominee, Blog, Cultural/Personal 2007, 2008 & 2009
  • Guardian UK, Best of the Internet, February 2007
  • Google Blog of Note, September 2006
  • ADDY Awards, 2003, 2004
  • Columbus Society for Creative Arts, Awards of Excellence, 2002, 2003
  • Silver Clio, Digital Content, 2001


Email me if you’d like to collaborate, advertise, vent, have me speak or babble at your next event, or to ask a silly question. I try to read everything, but spam does eat a lot of notes.


Yes, email snobs, I know it’s a Yahoo! address. I’ve had it for almost 20 years and it still works. Sort of.

35 Responses to I draw quite a bit.

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  2. Robert Brandes says:

    What with the election season now thankfully behind us, I continue to notice waaay too many candidate signs still up in peoples’ yards. There’s a very clear correlation with the candidate’s political leanings – level of candidate tea-baggery-ness is directly proportional to the length of time signs stay up after the election. I put it in the same phylum as redneckness being directly attributable to christmas lights staying up all year.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. EleventyFour says:

    Just came across your site by accident (via Google images!) and I’m hooked! Love it to bits. Keep up the good work :)

  4. Britt Gow says:

    Hi Jessica,
    I followed a link to an image I liked on a blog and WOW! Found you here doing your own wonderful thing. I hope you don’t mind if I use some of your images on my own blog from time to time, with attribution and a link to this site, of course. Keep up the great work.

  5. Karri says:

    Hi Jessica,

    And greetings from super-snowy Helsinki. I hope you’re doing good, where ever you are at the moment.

    I really like your blog, although I don’t know if it’s exactly a blog, but anyways. This site is easy for the eyes, there’s no dozens of ads in the sidebar or ten badges of some blog award nominations, although this site has been recognized many times. The whole design here is excellent.

    Another thing I highly respect is that you’ve been doing your own thing since 2006. That’s a long time in the Blog Empire. I’ll try to find new blogs every week, and read as many as I can, but mostly, they’re the same. Sure, there’s good mommy blogs, single-dad journals, fat-loss guides and photoblogs. But no one draws index cards. Not that I know of.

    I guess what I’m trying to say, is that being a new blogger myself, your blog gives me inspiration – and a lot of it. I’ll try to stand out from the crowd with my blog, and keep doing my own thing. And I think reading your blog helps me do just that.

    Keep it up.

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  7. ranti says:

    *four thumbs up*

  8. ksoleh says:

    This is easy math for me to understand. -smile-

  9. Hi. Found your site through the Webby site. Congrats on all your success. :)

  10. Joshua Smith says:

    Just found you from a link on the XKCD website. I’ve only read about a dozen of your cards, but I’ve already subscribed to get them daily in my Inbox.

    Now the only question is when will I be able to read them all from the very beginning…

    Thanks for sharing your cards with the rest of us!

  11. Brian says:


    Totally addicted to your site, thanks for the laughs and insights.

    After several years of unscientific research with my own 4 kids, I think there’s a slope that illustrates this (forgive me if you’ve done this one already): As whining about the little things increases, parental response decreases “The more you whine about being served broccoli, the less I care.”)

  12. Peter Bedson says:

    Excellent – as a management consultant I know the world can be defined in terms of a Boston matrix but this has opened my eyes to a few more options!

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  14. Anne says:

    Jessica – fantastic ‘little’ site ! You have a great sense of humour and sometimes simplicity is best. Thanks for making my day :)

  15. Chris Guillebeau posted one of your works on Google+ and I went from it to your Google+ profile to your site. I love it!

  16. manuela says:


    I found you at the99percent.com and thought you might like this: youtube.com/watch?v=rmkLlVzUBn4.

  17. Denis says:

    Great site. These are simple but very sensible

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  19. Marcus says:

    Hey Jessica,

    I found your site a little late in the game, about 8 months ago, and it is awesome! I’ve got a card idea, Road Rules; x axis, speed of automobile, y axis, volume of music, slope of 1. Please keep it up.



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  22. Steve says:

    Found this by accident and I am loving it!

  23. Whaattt says:

    thumbs up if you found this through holistic browser: http://holistic.xkcd.com/

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  27. Kirill says:

    Hi. I’m from Russia.
    I’m searching your original note of this thing — http://esquire.ru/thisisindexed.
    Help me please!) You do a very cool things!)

  28. Allison says:

    Found your site via the Canadian Reader’s Digest that I get by mistake :o) A couple of your ‘cards’ were in there with your site name and it got me curious. So happy I found this – fun and thought provoking!

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