We build tools to understand data

By marrying technology with thoughtful design, we are able to make data more accessible, comprehensible, and useful.

For the last several decades, data-heavy applications and systems were built from the standpoint of “How can this data be stored?” with a focus on the necessary infrastructure to contain the information in question. That resulted in tools that are useful on paper because they check off the necessary requirements, but that ultimately fall short because they ignore the human side of the equation.

Our process is the opposite: we first ask “How is this information going to be used?” We build interfaces that support users who want to work with data in efficient and intuitive ways. Starting with an early prototype that runs on real data, we continuously revise the design to uncover the information with all its subtlety and nuance, while removing the extraneous details.

Because of our background in developing end-to-end technologies, we’re able to craft sophisticated server and storage systems that support remarkably fluid interaction on the frontend, and considerable scale on the backend. The result is a new way to think about tools.

Our expertly designed tools take novel approaches to address common data problems we’ve encountered through years of working with clients and their data. From healthcare to finance to non-profits to consumer products, our experience enables us to build tools at the state of art.

Interested in learning more? Reach out at hello@fathom.info.


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.

How can we help? hello@fathom.info.