This website was designed first by Eduardo Malpeli (Tcha-Tcho), a brazilian designer, infographics artist, and programmer. He works at Estado de São Paulo, and is responsible for some of the most innovative projects of that newspaper recently, like some very interesting augmented reality efforts (check a video in portuguese here). Afterwards, the site was re-done in Joomla! by Monica Ulmanu, a former student of mine at UNC-Chapel Hill. See her website here and don't forget to take a close look at her impressive projects. You would not see me online if it were not for them.

albertoretratoMy name is Alberto Cairo and I am a Director for infographics and multimedia at Época-Editora Globo, in São Paulo, Brazil. Between 2005 and 2010 I was James H. Schumaker term assistant professor at the School of Journalism of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I taught information graphics, both print and online. I still work for UNC as an external instructor.

Before that, between 2000 and 2005, I was the head of the online graphics department at El Mundo (, in Spain. Thanks to my team there, we won several international awards for breaking-news infographics coverages, like the one on the March 11th 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid.

I love teaching, and even if I am not a full-time professor anymore, I still feel like one. I am an instructor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the first public university in Spain to offer fully-accredited online degrees. Beginning in 2011, I will be part of the faculty of the new Master of Arts in Technology and Communication, at UNC-Chapel Hill.

I have run workshops and training programs, and work as a consultant in universities and media companies in nearly twenty countries, where I have more friends than I deserve (some of them even do cartoon portraits of mine, as you can see on the left, by Nelson Fernandez). I write extensively about graphics. Before Visualopolis came to life, I used to publish in my old website (, where you can still download many Creative Commons-licensed articles. I am the author of Infografia 2.0: visualización interactiva de información en prensa, and have other book projects on the works.

Thanks so much for being here!