Spreadsheets. Search-engine results. Reams of raw data. We have it all, but we can't make sense of most of it. Angela Shen-Hsieh aims to change all of that. The Harvard-educated architect is bringing real meaning (and sanity) to this info-besotted world by redesigning the way we look at it. Shen-Hsieh, 39, is taking the cool but largely unmet promise of data visualization and applying it to serious business problems. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, she's a pioneering cartographer of a new user interface that helps senior decision makers from some of the world's biggest companies—including Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Microsoft—seize solutions out of complex data. Ultimately, Shen-Hsieh fulfills the highest ambition of any designer. By bringing clarity to complexity, she's helping companies cut through the clutter and see the big picture.
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- Tom Ford , Former Creative Director, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent
- Jonathan Ive, Vice President of Industrial Design, Apple Computer Inc.
- Marcia Lausen, Founding member, AIGA Design for Democracy
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- Robyn Waters, Founder and president of RW Trend, LLC
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- Sam Farber, Founder, Copco, OXO, and Wovo
- Bob Porter, Executive Vice President, SSM Health Care
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A version of this article appeared in the June 2004 issue of Fast Company