Fathom Information Design creates products to help people understand data.


Clients come to us when they need to tell a compelling story. We investigate your data, connecting patterns and observations that build a narrative your audience can relate to. Our interactive pieces for web, mobile, and large format installations translate data into elegant designs. By bringing the essence of information into focus, we guide people to new understandings of anything from global gender gaps to the rhythms of gas turbines.


We make specialized tools to help teams navigate their data. Our software allows people to see and reason about information, reducing complexity with intuitive interfaces. Whether you need a prototype to start exploring or a platform for data across your organization, we design and build it from the ground up.


Throughout our studio, we share a passion for helping people understand more than just data. When we aren’t working on our own projects, we’re guiding others with our process and perspective. We offer clients strategy and resources for addressing their information problems and teach classes at nearby institutions.

Scaled in Miles: An audio-visual exploration
of Miles Davis’s career
Eyeo 2016
Teaching, Tools, and the Trade
Internet Week 2015
Ben Fry & Chelsea Clinton on No Ceilings
O'Reilly Strata Conference 2014
The Expedition, Not the Image
SATE 2015
Themed Entertainment Association: SATE
Eyeo 2013
Digging to China
Ben Fry

Ben Fry received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information. After completing his dissertation in 2004, he spent time developing tools for visualization of genetic data as a postdoc with Eric Lander at the Eli & Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. During the 2006-2007 school year, Ben was the Nierenberg Chair of Design for the Carnegie Mellon School of Design.

He is the author of Visualizing Data (O’Reilly, 2007) and the co-author, with Casey Reas, of Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists (MIT Press, 2007) and Getting Started with Processing (O’Reilly, 2010), which describe the project they co-founded in 2001. Ben’s work was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2002 and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial in 2003 and 2006. Other pieces have appeared in the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York, at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, and in the films Minority Report and The Hulk. His information graphics have also illustrated articles for the New York Times,New York Magazine, and the journal Nature. Ben was selected as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Influential Designers in America (2011) and as one of Slate’s Top Right (2011). He has lectured on data, design, and programming on five continents.

In 2011, Ben won the National Design Award for Interaction Design. At a White House luncheon for the honorees, he had the opportunity to meet Michelle Obama, whom he found to be very gracious but quite imposing in heels.

Teri Schindler

Teri Schindler has spent her career working in media, producing documentaries, short form content, and global events, like the Olympics, for NBC, CBS, ABC/ESPN, and HBO, earning several Emmy and Gracie Awards for her work. As vice president of programming and marketing for NBA Entertainment, she developed brand strategies, partnerships, and programming concepts for the NBA. She has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on emerging technologies and content/platform strategies. As a freelance writer, Teri has been published in Elle Magazine and the Boston Globe, among others. She has been a featured speaker at Harvard Business School’s Dynamic Women in Business conference. Teri graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame.

Mark Schifferli

Mark Schifferli likes to make life easier through computing. His programming career started at Target Analysis Group, where he processed and analyzed nonprofit revenue data. After seeing his first data visualization application, he was hooked on teasing meaningful stories from large and complicated data sets. This led him to join EnerNOC, an energy management company, where he developed applications for critical real time decision making during electrical grid emergencies.

Prior to programming, Mark contributed to various ensembles in San Francisco’s experimental music scene as a guitarist and recording engineer. Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a BA in philosophy and minors in math and French.

James Grady

James Grady has over fifteen years of design experience, and a master’s degree in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been working with Fathom for more than four years, and spent the previous eleven years at a strategic branding firm in Boston. At Fathom, James leads projects for clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Clinton Foundation, Google, Nike, Samsung, and Volkswagen.

James enjoys regaling the other Fathomites with tales of his youth in Rhode Island and his love for 70s movies and pop culture. He’s even managed to translate his affinity for Jaws and Rocky into interesting research projects at Fathom. When he’s not at work, he’s happiest spending time with his wife, Christina, and their daughters, Joy and Flora.

Olivia Glennon

Olivia Glennon started programming at the age of ten in attempt to beautify her Neopets page. She earned a B.F.A from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. There she took a variety of courses in both the art and engineering schools, exploring ways to connect her design background with her passion for programming. Before coming to Fathom, Olivia spent a year at The Wall Street Journal designing and building client-facing and internal products.

Olivia enjoys talking about all people and things having to do with her hometown of Newton, MA (ex: Matt LeBlanc and the Fig Newton). Outside of the office, you will find her wearing a sweater, drinking Earl Grey tea, and thinking about what to cook next.

Rachel Harris

Rachel Harris is interested in visual narratives and is always on the lookout for strange and surprising stories. She earned her MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she cultivated her love for information mapping and moving pictures. Prior to Fathom, Rachel embarked on a zig-zagging path between the midwest and New England. She earned her BFA at Washington University in St. Louis, and then worked as a designer for the Yale School of Drama and St. Louis Magazine before returning east for graduate school. Rachel has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pen, and her illustrations have appeared in several publications including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. She is also partial to lawn sports, short fiction, and calamitous home videos.

Leslie Watkins

Originally from North Carolina, Leslie Watkins considers herself a science generalist. After she received her BA in Physics from North Carolina State University, she journeyed westward to the University of Wisconsin—Madison to earn her MS in Computer Sciences. While in school, she spent her summers exploring computer vision, fluid dynamics, and human-computer interaction research for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the University of Chicago, and BMW respectively. Back east, she honed her engineering skills at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for three years before joining Fathom.

In an attempt to get everyone else to love science and engineering as much as she does, Leslie regularly participates in STEM outreach for organizations such as the American Physical Society, Society of Women Engineers, and First Lego League. Much of her free time is spent building things, exploring Boston, and riding her bike as far as she can. 

Danielle Freiman

Danielle Freiman is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in multimedia installation and assemblage. She earned her BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and has since collaborated on a variety of public art installations in the Greater Boston Area including Boston Children’s Museum and Dewey Square Park. Outside of the office, you can find her in her studio making zines, geeking out over typography, and experimenting with her recently acquired button maker.

Paul Cronan

Paul Cronan’s path to design was sparked early on by a fascination with geography and mapmaking. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design at Washington University in St. Louis. There he focused on book arts, typography and web design, merging his interests to map the complexity of urban space in interactive ways. Before joining the team at Fathom, Paul worked as a designer with Illume Communications, an agency located in his hometown, Baltimore. He enjoys cycling and trying unusual foods.

Charlie Smart

Charlie Smart is a third-year journalism student at the University of Connecticut interested in using technology to find and tell meaningful stories. He is a multimedia enthusiast, with experience in writing, programming, design, audio production, and videography. He got his start in journalism at WHUS Radio, where he later served as News Director, and has since written for publications including WNPR and the Connecticut Mirror. Outside of work, Charlie can be found rock climbing, hiking, playing guitar, or cooking.

How can we help you?

We work with clients to clarify their visions and realize them with custom design and development. If you have data that you need to communicate or understand, we’d love to hear from you.

For additional information please contact hello@fathom.info.