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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.

Summer of Stats with Sunnie
This summer, I explored a wide range of data sets and put together notes to introduce information designers to useful concepts and terms in statistics.
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Weather Girls
Projects at Fathom are highly collaborative – so I enjoy the luxury of designing things far beyond my own technical limitations, because I am paired up with at least one other person with champion developer skills. We also have a few hybrids who are extremely qualified on both fronts – but my own background has been primarily in graphic design and illustration.
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Exploring On Being
We’re thrilled to announce the release of a new project in partnership with On Being, the Peabody Award-winning podcast and public radio show that “opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?”
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To the Moon
Lunar Phases is a sketch that grew from a series of mini-projects I developed with the p5.js variant of Processing. Each sketch was an exercise to practice the language and explore programming concepts as I learned.
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MIT 4.s02: Information Design
Last month, all of us here at Fathom were busy wrapping up 2016's projects, not the least of which was our second consecutive semester teaching Information Design: Exploration, Navigation, and Understanding.
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Parsing Panama transcript
This is a transcription of the fourth episode from our Especially Big Datapodcast. You can listen to the episode here.
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Why we teach
Education sits at the core of what we do. Our focus on education is about accessibility and opportunity: the more people with the power to prototype and build out their own ideas, the more innovation we will see. But it’s not just about teaching people to become the next Gates or Zuckerberg, it’s about giving people the skills and resources they need to share their unique contributions with a larger community. We do that by teaching code, in conjunction with design and storytelling, as a skill one can use to create.
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First of Her Kind
Amidst all the attention given to the 2016 presidential campaign, it was easy to miss an important date in the history of women in American government. One hundred years ago, on November 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to be elected to federal office when she won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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The Measure of a Nation

There’s a great scene in The Newsroom where a college student in the audience of a Q & A panel asks curmudgeonly TV news anchor Will McAvoy to give a reason why America is the greatest country in the world. After a few facetious half-answers about the New York Jets, the panel moderator coaxes McAvoy into a profanity-laced rant. Why is America the best? “It’s not,” McAvoy snaps. “There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world.”

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Charlie on the MTA
Fathom is excited to have Charlie on our team as an intern for the semester, here from the University of Connecticut. Coming from a journalism and radio background, we asked him some questions about what brought him to Fathom and his memories of his first concert (among other things).
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