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ALI ALMOSSAWI

I wrote An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, Bad Choices, and the forthcoming The Point of Pointless Work. My books have been read by nearly 3 million readers, translated into 20 languages, and have sold over a quarter of a million copies in print. I also founded Cormorant Press and work as a principal engineer at Apple. My biographical statement is at the bottom of this page.

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Bad Choices

An illustrated introduction to computational thinking, described by Vint Cerf as “one of the more clever ways of introducing computational thinking to the general public.” Take a look.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

A book on critical thinking that explains a set of common errors in reasoning. The book has been read by 2.9 million people and translated into 18 languages. Read it online or in print!

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.

MetricsGraphics.js

A D3-based library that's optimized for visualizing and laying out time-series data in a principled way—600,000 hits, 6,900 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.

Pantheon

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

Publications

Interviews and talks

Personal writings

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments in the press

Bad Choices in the press

Mentions and various other things

Brief biographical statement  Ali Almossawi is the founder of Cormorant Press and the author of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, Bad Choices, and the forthcoming The Point of Pointless Work. His books have been read by nearly 3 million readers, translated into 20 languages, and have sold over a quarter of a million copies in print. He is also a principal engineer at Apple and an alumnus of MIT's System Design and Management program and of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science.

The portrait at the top is courtesy of Alejandro Giraldo.