Thomas Levine knew at an early age that data visualization was his true calling. As a teenager he immersed himself in the study of the great statisticians and typographers along with the modern data visualization softwares. He learned LaTeX, R, and SWeave in order to typeset beautiful reproducible homework assignments for his high school classes. While his interests soon progressed to other aspects of statistics and programming, he continued to be inspired by the simple act of making quantitative research look beautiful, bringing to light the glorious accomplishments of humble researchers.
Throughout his life Thom has shared his love of data and has used his skills in art, statistics, and programming to support environmental advocacy, workplace safety, education, and humanitarian efforts.
Managing a letterpress shop for several years, Thom recognized the power of older technologies to inspire new perspectives; he consequently resolved to compose graphs by hand in order to connect more deeply with data.
Thom credits the statisticians of times past with his ability and inspiration to create his data art; he is but a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants. His goal is to touch people of all statistical backgrounds and to bring empiricism into their lives through his art.
Thom hopes that his artwork can inspire us to slow down, assess the validity of our statistical models, and appreciate the simple pleasures of data analysis.