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BostonCHI hosts Mark Schifferli February 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Mark Schifferli of Fathom Information Design
Interaction & Data Visualization
Data visualization has emerged as a primary technique for understanding large datasets. The past decade's surge of available data inspires much discussion about visualization techniques. The discussion tends to focus on a visual language for static presentation, but rarely addresses the range of interactions that are possible in a digital environment.
How do you design interactions that make a user able to navigate, understand, and appreciate their data?
Fathom Information Design, a Boston-based design and software consultancy, has explored and developed dynamic interfaces suited to address different scenarios for their clients. Drawing on this portfolio, Mark Schifferli will show examples of how interaction techniques can further push an audience’s understanding of a complex data set.
Mark Schifferli likes to make life easier through computing. His programming career started at Target Analysis Group, where he processed and analyzed nonprofit revenue data. After seeing his first data visualization application, he was hooked on teasing meaningful stories from large and complicated data sets. This led him to join EnerNOC, an energy management company, where he developed applications for critical real time decision making during electrical grid emergencies.
Prior to programming, Mark contributed to various ensembles in San Francisco's experimental music scene as a guitarist and recording engineer. Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a B.A. in Philosophy and minors in Math and French.