Ben Fry graduated from the MIT Media Laboratory with his Ph.D. in May 2004. His research focuses on methods of visualizing large amounts of data from dynamic information sources. This work is currently directed towards “Genomic Cartography” which is a study into new methods to represent the data found in the human genome.
At MIT, he is a member of the Aesthetics and Computation Group. Ben received an undergraduate degree from the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Computer Science. In addition to his academic work, he has spent time as a designer and programmer at Sun Microsystems and Netscape Communications. He was named in the “The I.D. Forty: Forty Designers Under 30 Years of Age” by I.D. Magazine and his work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial in 2002 and the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial in 2003. Other work has 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”.
With Casey Reas of UCLA, he is currently developing Processing, an environment for teaching computational design and sketching interactive media software.
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