About

My name is Matt Baker and I’m both the owner of UsefulCharts and the designer of its posters. I live in Vancouver, Canada and hold a PhD in Education from the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK. Previously, I worked for 8 years as an expat teacher and project director at a not-for-profit school I co-founded in rural Sri Lanka.

I’ve loved charts and visuals ever since I was a young child. Like many others, I'm what you'd call a visual learner. I have found that in early grades, visual materials tend to be incorporated often. However, once a person reaches the higher grades, learning becomes almost exclusively based on reading texts and listening to lectures. There is often very little visually-based material available on more advanced subjects, particularly in the humanities.

The goal of UsefulCharts is to help change this situation. Obviously, one cannot learn everything they need to know about a subject simply by looking at a chart. However, I find that charts often work well as both a starting point and an overall framework that can be continually returned to as one incorporates new material.

UsefulCharts started as a hobby for me but is now my full-time job. I design and publish 2-3 new titles per year. At the moment, I'm mostly focused on history timelines but I hope to do more science topics as well.

Press:

Vancouver Sun - Greek mythology? There's a chart for that

Small Business BC - Success Story: Meet Matthew Baker

Visual News - Teacher creates charts to help you understand history