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Benjamin Fry
Born1975 (age 47–48)

Benjamin Fry is an American designer who has expertise in data visualization.

Early life and education[edit]

Fry was born in 1975 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (born 1975).[1] Fry received his BFA in Communication Design, minor in Computer Science at the Carnegie Mellon University.[2] He received Master and Ph.D. degrees from the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab, under the direction of John Maeda. His doctoral dissertation, "Computational Information Design" introduces the seven stages of visualizing data: acquiring, parsing, filtering, mining, representing, refining and interacting.[3]


During his time at MIT Media Lab, Fry co-developed Processing, an open-source programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) built for the electronic arts and visual design communities with the purpose of teaching the basics of computer programming in a visual context.[4][5] The Processing design environment developed together with Casey Reas won a Golden Nica from the Prix Ars Electronica in 2005.[4] During 2006–2007, Fry was the Nierenberg Chair of Design for the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. He is a principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy in Boston, Massachusetts.[6][7]

Fry's artwork has been featured in the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial (2003, 2006)[1] and the Whitney Biennial (2002), and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2001, 2008), Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria (2000, 2002, 2005) and in the films Minority Report and The Hulk.[citation needed][4][8][9] He is the winner of the 2011 National Design Award in category "Interaction Design."[7][10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Inside design now: National Design Triennial", by Ellen Lupton, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, "Benjamin Fry"
  2. ^ Fry, Benjamin Jotham (2004). Computational information design (Thesis thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. hdl:1721.1/26913.
  3. ^ "Computational Information Design", Ph.D. Thesis
  4. ^ a b c Ben Fry, author's profile at the O'Reilly website
  5. ^ Ben Fry's website
  6. ^ Fathom's website,
  7. ^ a b "Interaction Design : Winner". Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Benjamin Fry".
  9. ^ "Ben Fry".
  10. ^ "National Design Awards: Ben Fry’s ‘Odd Route’ Through Design World Pays Off" Archived 2011-06-20 at the Wayback Machine, by Stephanie Murg, June 15, 2011

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