Reuben Fischer-Baum is an American journalist, designer and developer. He is an editor on the graphics team at The Washington Post, where he leads a group of reporters focused on interactive projects including data trackers and reader tools. He previously was a visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight and Gawker Media. He has taught data visualization at Parsons School of Design and given lectures and workshops at Harvard, Columbia, Tufts, NYU, Rice, Skidmore, Ithaca and Microsoft Research.
He was a 2021–22 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a 2017–18 Paul Miller Fellow at the National Press Foundation. His work has been recognized by the Society for News Design, the Information is Beautiful awards, and the Malofiej awards. He received a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in urban planning from Yale University.
Fall 2023 Courses
GRADUATE STUDIO ELECTIVE I
This graduate-level studio elective course will focus on the term source and its multiple meanings as a line of inquiry throughout the semester. A "source of truth" is the singular point which defines a piece of information. "Source code" is the origin from which a website or program is created. "Source material" refers to collateral that forms the basis for output. The notion of a "source" plays a significant role in how we design and produce work. This course will trace the various meanings of the term through a lens of digital design-focusing on the history of the internet, practical usages of web technologies, and a critical dialogue with the tools used to define the digital space. While this course will serve as a technical primer for web design and development, we will also use the standards and definitions that underlie the internet as a springboard for interrogating how and why these tools and sources shape our output. Through readings, discussions, and projects, we will chart a new path for what a "source" can be.
Course may be repeated for credit.
Open to Graduate Graphic Design Students only.