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Notebook

Here's where we post periodic updates on what we've been up to at Fathom. Reflections on the interesting stories that emerge from our client work, side projects, after-hours rabbitholes, and other miscellaneous threads of inquiry.

Train for a triathlon!
We just launched TriTrack, a tool for triathlon training, on the behalf of GE and British Triathlon Elite Team Partner.
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Our killed darlings
While building Stats of the Union, we went through a large heap of sketches. Some were mistakes. Others looked good, but didn't do the job. While a favorite design can be worthy of endless defense, more often—killing is key.
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Some thoughts on where visualization is going
Mac Slocum, managing editor of O'Reilly Media interviewed Ben at the Where 2.0 conference.
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Katy Sees a Protein
Ben and Casey Reas made an art piece called “Signals” for building 76 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):
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Stats of the Union app released for iPad
Stats of the Union, our first iPad app, is built for GE as a tool to look at health stories in America.
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I love data: I do, I doooooo
Mark Schifferli, the latest addition to the Fathom team, turns out to be a two for the price of one hire. We were completely awestruck by the interests, style and aesthetic sensibility of Mark's six-year-old daughter. It's all we need to see. She's hired too.
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Ben and Casey in Italian Rolling Stone
Paola Antonelli and Alice Rawsthorn compiled a la hot list dei talenti for the Italian Rolling Stone special design issue.
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Looking for Computational Research Associate
Fathom and Harvard University are seeking a computational scientist to develop a visualization and analysis dashboard to track the emergence or reemergence of infectious diseases.
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Icicles of DOOM
“It's ritzy, it's trendy, and it's dripping with danger.”
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Powering the Kitchen
Here at Fathom we hit the ground running in 2011. We wrapped up a touch screen installation for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January, helping our friends at GE shine the spotlight on all of their Ecomagination initiatives. The GE booth — a small city block is the more apt description — was an eco playground of residential wind turbines, electric cars, Wattstations, and energy efficient appliances.
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