Robert Simmon is a data visualizer and designer working with Planet. He focuses on producing visualizations that are elegant and easily understandable, while accurately presenting the underlying data. He helped create some of NASA and Planet’s most widely-seen imagery, including the Earth at Night and the 2002 Blue Marble. His imagery has appeared in newspapers, museums, and advertisements, and was featured on the login screen of the original Apple iPhone and the cover of the November 2015 National Geographic Magazine.

Rob and I go way back and share a mutual affection for maps, dataviz, and the Washington Capitals. We recorded this interview a few weeks ago, so we didn’t get to talk about the Washington Nationals run–though that probably would have taken up a good amount of time in our discussion.

Anyways, Rob and I talk about maps, his work with satellites, and much more. He and I always have good conversations, and this is no exception. Enjoy!

Episode Notes

Rob on Twitter

Rob’s Blog


Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

NASA | Rob’s work for NASA



Quartz article about Rob


Accessing, Analyzing, and Visualizing IPUMS Data | November 6, 2019 | Denver, CO

Data, Designed | November 21, 2019 | London, UK

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