Jessica Bellamy

Information designer Jessica Bellamy

“It’s imperative right now for us to start using the data at our fingertips in ways that actually mobilize change.”

Jessica Bellamy is an information designer. She tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. She started her design career working with nonprofits and community groups to create visuals that break down complex service and policy information. In 2015, she created a small design agency called GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio. In this episode, we talk about how design can be used as a tool to help fight for social justice and the problem with “askholes.”


First Things First is produced in partnership with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. It is hosted by Paddy Harrington and edited by Max Cotter. ’Frontier’s sponsor music is an edited version of “sketch (rum-portrait)” by Jahzzar from the album Sketches. This episode features an edited version of “get out” by Jahzzar, from the album Sketches; an edited version of “Once More with You” by Loyalty Freak Music, from the album Minimal Ambient Bounce; and an edited version of “Murmur” by Broke for Free, from the album Layers.

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