Ben Fry

Ben is principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy located in Boston. He 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, he spent time developing tools for visualization of genetic data as a postdoc with Eric Lander at the Eli & Edythe L. Broad Insitute of MIT & Harvard. During the 2006-2007 school year, Ben was the Nierenberg Chair of Design for the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. At the end of 2007, he published Visualizing Data with O'Reilly, and in 2010 wrote Getting Started with Processing with Casey Reas. Fry'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 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 journal Nature, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Seed, and Communications of the ACM.

Session: Mmmm...Data

This talk will cover recent projects ranging from visualizing health survey data in Arabic to re-assembling fonts found in PDFs into a new edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I'll also discuss our recently formed studio, Fathom, where we work to grind big data into little images. And if all else fails, we'll sort out the rest in the Q & A.

Session: Processing 2.0

Since 2001, Fry and Reas have developed Processing, an open source programming environment created for the visual arts. In this presentation, they will discuss the past, present, and future of the project as it nears the 2.0 release.