I kept my promise: the interview with Moritz Stefaner on data visualization freelancing is finally here! And I am really excited.
As I said in my introductory post, I think data visualization freelancing is one of the most exciting trends in visualization; even though it’s a little bit hidden. After recording the interview, I must say I am really satisfied. I learned something out of it and I am sure the same will be totally true for you.
The video is a bit long (see the content breakdown below) but it’s really worth it: we covered a very large number of questions and they all came directly from the readers (thanks to all of you guys)!
Video content breakdown with timing:
- [01:00] Starting Out (building a portfolio)
- [08:30] Design Practice (iterative approach, designing 20 prototypes!)
- [16:18] Skill Building and References (books, tools and libraries, doing without programming?)
- [27:47] Dealing with Clients (what clients want vs. what is right, freelancer vs. agency)
- [34:08] Pricing (billable time, tracking yourself, strategic prices, the “pain coefficient”)
- [39:44] Time Management (avoid working 24/7, have kids!, having a rhythm)
- [41:55] The Freelancing Market (gaps in the market)
- [44:05] The Role of Research (searching and reading papers)
- [47:24] Summary of Tips for Wannabe Freelancers
Additional versions of the interview
- Download mp3 file to listen on your own player.
- Interview transcription (if you want to read it) – coming soon.
Do you want more? Let us know.
As you can see in the interview, me and Moritz are thinking of recording additional videos. Who knows … this might even become a regular meeting. We would love to have your opinion on that. Especially we would love to know: what else would you would like to hear? Is there anything we missed? How can we help you further? For sure, we would like to record a new one with a more extensive discussion of design practices and the overall data visualization process. Stay tuned and let us know!
- First of all thank you guys for sending all your questions for Moritz! This was very useful and I am sure the interview is much much better than what it would be without your help.
- A big big thank to Moritz. I really enjoyed talking with him (as usual) and I think the end-result is really helpful for people who want to know more about freelancing.
- The quality of the video is not perfect, I apologize. There is so much to learn! My phone started ringing at some point, the line dropped because I forgot to plug the power plug, and there’s no video editing apart from very basic stuff. Nonetheless, I think that content is king and what matters is that you are going to learn something. This is work in progress and it will get better.