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.

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.

Danielle Freiman

Danielle Freiman is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in multimedia installation and arts administration. 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 exhibitions in the Greater Boston Area. At Fathom she enjoys keeping things organized, sketching in P5.js, and making sure there are always enough snacks on hand. Outside of the office, you can find her making zines and playing with her band in local music venues.

Elaine Forbush

Elaine Forbush is interested in analyzing and depicting narratives about the environment, food, immigration, culture, and the world. Originally from the Boston area, Elaine spent a year at Barnard College in New York before migrating north to Vermont where she received a BA in Environmental Policy at Middlebury College. Recent projects include thesis research on climate refugees in countries with rising nationalism, a world map portraying environmental vulnerability and refugee flows, and an earthquake simulation model (as an early venture into coding). At Fathom, Elaine does research, data analysis, and project management while also diving into the world of p5.js and honing her Ikea-furniture-building skills. Outside of the office, you can find her reading, cooking, and attempting to convert those around her to the vegetarian way of life.

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 fourth-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 the Connecticut Mirror and FiveThirtyEight. Outside of work, Charlie can be found rock climbing, hiking, playing guitar, or cooking.

Koko Nakajima

Koko Nakajima is a senior at Brown University studying computer science. Her interests in design have led her to take several courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, and she would like to explore how design and code might be used to tell engaging stories. Prior to Fathom, she spent a summer at Adobe creating multimedia works (animations, videos, infographics) to make technical research topics more accessible for general audiences. Koko can often be found drawing bored-looking cats.

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