About Fluid Encodings
Fluid Encodings is the work of Steven Geofrey Braun (he/they), a research-practitioner in data visualization and information design. Steven is currently a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor in Information Design and Visualization at Northeastern University (College of Arts, Media and Design), Senior Fellow in Information Design with Project Information Literacy, and a researcher with Partnering Lab.
In his work, Steven has collaborated with many different groups of researchers and practitioners, including Project Information Literacy, the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, the lab of Watanave Hidenori at The University of Tokyo, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and NuLawLab at Northeastern University, and the Council on Library and Information Resources.
In his teaching, Steven has taught courses on data visualization, programming for the web, statistics and data analysis, and information design for journalists, designers, and more at Northeastern University. Steven has also given workshops and lectures for many groups beyond Northeastern, including the University of Pennsylvania Science Policy and Diplomacy Group, ComSciCon, Harvard University, MIT Media Lab, and the Boston Library Consortium.
Steven’s work is interdisciplinary, drawing on interests and experiences across the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Inflected by strong leanings towards computational approaches in digital humanities, this work is heavily informed by his experiences living in and studying Japan. Through his creative practice, Steven explores themes of representation, narrative, language, and human experience, seeking to address the varied possible responses to one question in particular: What does it mean to employ visualization as a medium in which radical representation can deconstruct privileged, canonical, and dominant perspectives? To explore this, Steven’s work focuses primarily on the use of data visualization, computation, and design to deconstruct texts, where a text is anything that can be read and interpreted, serves as a set of coherent signs and symbols, and functions as something that is situated and composed: novels, poetry, song lyrics, film screenplay, musical score, cinematography, historiography, urban layout, archival data, the visual design of websites, and beyond.
Steven received his B.A. (2011), summa cum laude, in chemistry (with distinction) and Asian studies (with distinction) from St. Olaf College. After graduating, he lived in Kyoto, Japan as a Fulbright Fellow, carrying out computational biophysics research at Kyoto University. After returning to the U.S., he subsequently pursued graduate work at Yale University, receiving his M.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry in 2013. Before moving to the Boston metropolitan area, where he now lives, he worked at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in the Health Sciences Libraries. Steven has worked at Northeastern University since the end of 2015; prior to joining the faculty of the College of Arts, Media and Design, he served as the Data Analytics/Visualization Specialist in Snell Library.
Outside of his work, Steven enjoys many hobbies, including cooking and baking, playing the clarinet, learning new instruments, studying Japanese, running, and playing video games.
Getting in touch
Want to learn more about Steven’s work? Interested in a collaboration? You can contact Steven via email at s.braun[at]fluidencodings.com. 英語でも日本語でも、遠慮なく上記のメールまでご連絡ください。