Mayo Clinic Unexpected Conversations Series 2018
Thinking Differently
PopTech 2015
Design, the last line of defense
Eyeo 2016
Teaching, Tools, and the Trade
Scaled in Miles: An audio-visual exploration
of Miles Davis’s career
Internet Week 2015
Ben Fry & Chelsea Clinton on No Ceilings
O'Reilly Strata Conference 2014
The Expedition, Not the Image
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.

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.

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.

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.

Martha Durrett

Martha Durrett, self-proclaimed “humanities person,” was sure she was going to hate programming when she took her first computer science class during her freshman year at Carleton College. She quickly found out that she was wrong and went on to earn her B.A. in Computer Science and English. The combination of fields inspired her interest in digital humanities and data visualization, and encouraged her to use her programming experience to ask and answer humanities-based questions from a creative, computational perspective. Outside the office you might find her reading books, eating ice cream, and getting lost on her way to the bus.

Anisha Nakagawa

Anisha Nakagawa is an engineer and designer interested in the role technology can play in understanding and shaping social issues. She graduated from Olin College with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, especially focused in applications of environmental and social justice. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, dancing, cooking, and finding time to be outside.

Milo Proscia

Milo Proscia is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in arts administration, event production, and performance. They earned their BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. They enjoy working in a collaborative environment and experimenting in new and traditional mediums. Outside of the office find them reading feminist sci-fi, writing music, or singing their heart out at karaoke.

Erin Thomas

Erin Thomas is a developer who enjoys making things that are informative and delightful. She earned her BA in Political Science and a minor in Computer Science from Macalester College. Upon graduating, she dove into the world of programming.

Working at startups in both Minneapolis and Boston, she learned to use design, animation, and interactivity to make digital experiences tactile and playful. Erin now aims to combine her prior experience in political science, data analysis, and development to create compelling digital stories. Outside of work, you can find her biking across town, practicing yoga, or trying out new clothes.

Sarah Friedman

Sarah Friedman is a designer and artist with an M.F.A. from Boston University in Graphic Design and a B.A. from Harvard University in Earth & Planetary Sciences. Her multidisciplinary background and interest in the intersection of art and science led her to data visualization. Her artwork has been selected for exhibition across New England, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Outside the office she enjoys podcasts, crafting, and macaroni and cheese.

Founded in 2010 by Ben Fry, Fathom Information Design works with clients to understand complex data through interactive tools and software for mobile devices, the web, and large format installations. Out of its studio in Boston, Fathom partners with Fortune 500s and non-profit organizations across sectors, including health care, education, financial services, media, technology, and consumer products.

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