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I like to create things that are of lasting value. My tools span the fields of engineering, design, writing, and data visualization and my outlook is a combination of unwavering focus on quality and a strong belief in the abilities of others. I currently work on the Firefox team at Mozilla.
I graduated from the Engineering Systems Division at MIT. Formerly, I worked as a research associate looking into the design of complex software systems at Harvard with Alan MacCormack and spent six months working with Cesar Hidalgo at the MIT Media Lab. Before that, I was a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon and spent four years in the software industry, as a software developer at first and then as a supervisor of a team of 30 software developers. Between 2009 and 2012, I was co-founder and creative and managing director of a design studio.
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Bad Choices (new book!)
Learn how algorithms can help you think smarter with this illustrated guide to algorithmic thinking. Preorder it now from Viking and John Murray! Take a look.
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
Firefox Hardware Report
The first ever public report of the hardware used by Firefox users. The report's data can be used by developers to improve the experience of Web users. Take a look.
A D3-based library that's optimized for visualizing and laying out time-series data in a principled way—500,000 hits, 6,200 GitHub stars, top 1% of most-starred projects. Take a look.
Hans in the Land of Bards
The opening part of a novella about an absentminded tailor and his quick-witted accomplice struggle to escape a land where things aren't always what they seem. Take a look.
The Web We Want: Firefox 29
A real-time visualization of the global community that powers Mozilla, visited by 10 million visitors. My contributions were designing and coding the map and stats page. Take a look.
A project by the Macro Connections group at the Media Lab that I had the good fortune of co-developing. Pantheon visualizes global culture using cultural icons of note. Take a look.
How Maintainable is the Firefox Codebase?
By appealing to the explanatory powers of five practical measures of architectural complexity, this work explores the quality of the Firefox codebase. Take a look.
Technical Debt in Firefox and Chromium
A quantitative comparison of two complex software systems, using prose and a visual inspired by a story from Greek mythology. Take a look.
How Educated are World Leaders?
A descriptive visualization of the education levels of world leaders, from 1950 or thereabouts to the present day. Take a look.
Bahrain: Two Years On
Shortlisted in the 2013 Information is Beautiful Awards, this visualization impartially depicts the casualties of the conflict in Bahrain, abstracted to take the form of a palm tree. Take a look.
Evolution of the Firefox Codebase
A visualization that presents a set of metrics for all releases of Firefox that are indicative of quality and allows one to inspect them through one of several views. Take a look.
Experiments and smaller works
- The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers and Their Imprints
- Visualizing in VR using A‑Frame and D3
- Browser Usage as Planets
- Classroom Seating Habits
- Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier (North America), published by Viking
- Bad Choices (UK and Commonwealth), published by John Murray
- Logic: In the Direction of Truth, Imagine Magazine—The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
- An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (North America), published by The Experiment, distributed by Workman
- An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments (UK and Commonwealth), published by Scribe Publications, distributed by Penguin Books and Macmillan
- Book chapter: Visualizing ambiguity in an era of data abundance and very large engineering systems, New Challenges for Data Design, edited by David Bihanic, published by Springer-Verlag (London)
- The Data Visualization Revolution, co-authored with Cesar Hidalgo, Scientific American
- Going Beyond the One-Bit Democracy, co-authored with Cesar Hidalgo, Wired (UK)
- Analysis Tool Evaluation: Coverity Prevent, co-authored with Kelvin Lim and Tanmay Sinha, Carnegie Mellon
- MetricsGraphics.js - a lightweight graphics library built on D3, Mozilla Hacks
Interviews and talks
- Video: D3 in Practice, SFHTML5 Meetup, Google, San Francisco (Slides)
- Video: Open-Sourcing the Creative Process, SDM Systems Thinking Series
- Informing with Design, Greylock Partners Design Group
- Audio: A conversation with ABC Radio about critical thinking and the art of making sense
- Ali Almossawi: Technical, Entrepreneurial, and Creative Mojo; MIT
- Talk at Links 2013 (MIT Media Lab) on measuring quality in complex software systems
- Video: Hosting guest speaker Cesar Hidalgo at Mozilla's Mountain View office
- A Wisp of Smoke
- Measuring Code Quality (or What Does the Fox Weigh?)
- Five Ideas for Achieving Clarity in Data Visualization
- Open-Sourcing the Creative Process
- A Beautiful Night
- Letters to the Overlooked: Letter I, Letter II
- Shorty by Mikhail Naima, translated into English
- Randy Pausch's Last Lecture, translated into Arabic
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments in the press
- In the Mailbag: BEA 2015 Edition, Book Riot
- San Diego Book Review
- Hones Of Contention, The Common Reader
- A Fun Primer on How to Strengthen, Not Weaken, Your Arguments; Open Culture
- Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2014
- Now More Than Ever, You Need This Illustrated Guide To Bad Arguments, Faulty Logic, And Silly Rhetoric; Fast Company
- Teach Your Kids Logic With An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Jenny Williams, GeekDad
- 9 Charming Cartoons Explaining Logical Fallacies, BuzzFeed
- Bad arguments, great illustrations by Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing
- This Little Piggy Made A Logical Error, The Dish
- A guide to fallacious arguments, illustrated with funny animals; io9
- Appearance in Page Turners, submitted by Ellen at The Griswold Inn Store
- National Indie Bestsellers - Extended Hardcover Nonfiction
- Southern Indie Bestseller List
- Book review: 'Bad Arguments' will entertain, help you diagnose poor logic; Omaha.com
- Book review: Tripping Over Logic, The Philosophy Club
- The Lost Art of Making Sense, ABC Radio
- New hardcover books teach kids through superheroes, gaming, art; Denver Post
- Greenville Public Library review
- How to argue, with others and yourself; Andreessen Horowitz Weekend Newsletter
- Shelf Awareness starred review
Bad Choices in the press
Mentions and various other things
- Finally, a Handy Chart of the Big Five Book Publishers and Their Imprints, Tor
- Mozilla Firefox Hardware Report, SD Times
- Most Firefox users are running Windows 7 on dated PCs, Engadget
- Do-Not-Track Talks Could Be Running Off the Rails by Natasha Singer, New York Times
- What The World Wants From The Future Web As The FCC Looks To Shut The Door On Net Neutrality
- MIT $100K 2012 semi-finalist
- Weather doesn't affect ice cream consumption, Harvard Gazette
- Stewart Lee... has let himself go
- Interview with Behance CEO Scott Belsky
Brief biographical statement Ali Almossawi works on the Firefox team at Mozilla and is an alumnus of MIT's Engineering Systems Division and Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. Previous stints included working as a research associate at Harvard and as a collaborator with the MIT Media Lab. Ali is the creator and maintainer of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, which has been read by 2.4 million readers and translated into 16 languages, ten of which were done by volunteers from across the world. His forthcoming book, Bad Choices, is an illustrated guide to algorithmic thinking and will be published by Viking and John Murray in April 2017.