Masters of Design: Angela Shen-Hsieh

President and CEO, Visual i/o

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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Collaborators: Champions who help make great design happen
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A Jury of Their Peers
Introducing 11 jurors–top leaders from universities, cultural institutions, and business–who helped us select our 20 Masters of Design.
Lessons From the Masters
These five ideas will help you incorporate design principles in your work — and better connect with customers and colleagues.