Principal, Visual Synthesis
To say Jackson is responsible for integrating data visualization into client brand narratives is to under-represent the array of imagery he considers and deploys to complement and elucidate a story.
These singular skills have been honed by more than two decades at some of the world’s largest news publications, including TIME magazine, where, as Graphics Director, he specialized in storytelling through visualization, cartography, data research, diagrams, mapping, and polling analysis. He also created a graphics-driven cover-story franchise, America by the Numbers, which ran for several years.
Jackson started his career as a local reporter in Tucson, AZ, applied his writing background to the graphics editor position at the Miami Herald, and moved on to The Washington Post, serving as a story editor before returning to visual journalism. In 1999 he was part of a 10-person team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for a series, highlighting reckless police gunplay, that depended heavily on statistical analysis and visual reconstructions of crime scenes.
Recipient of a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, Jackson has taught various aspects of writing and design at the college and professional level, including at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He has also been a contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy and many other publications.