About Fluid Encodings

Fluid Encodings is the work of Steven Geofrey (they/he), a research-practitioner in data, computation, and design. Steven is currently an Associate Teaching Professor and Coordinator of Creative Coding at Northeastern University (College of Arts, Media and Design, Department of Art + Design), Senior Research Scientist with Project Information Literacy, and a Research Associate with Partnering Lab.

In their 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.

Steven was previously a Front-End Software Developer with the Growth Lab at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Designer in Residence for the Center for Design at Northeastern University. In their teaching, Steven has taught courses on data visualization, programming for the web, statistics and data analysis, and information design for journalists, designers, and more. Steven has also been invited for workshops, lectures, and guest critiques by institutions such as San Jose State University, the University of Pennsylvania Science Policy and Diplomacy Group, ComSciCon, MIT Media Lab, and the Boston Library Consortium.


About Steven

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 their 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 their B.A. (2011), summa cum laude, in chemistry (with distinction) and Asian studies (with distinction) from St. Olaf College. After graduating, they lived in Kyoto, Japan as a Fulbright Fellow, carrying out computational biophysics research at Kyoto University. After returning to the U.S., they subsequently pursued graduate work at Yale University, receiving their M.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry in 2013. Before moving to the Boston metropolitan area, where they now live, they worked at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in the Health Sciences Libraries. Steven worked at Northeastern University from 2015 – 2022; prior to joining the faculty of the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern, they served as the Data Analytics/Visualization Specialist in Snell Library.

Outside of their work, Steven enjoys many hobbies, including cooking and baking, playing the clarinet, learning new instruments, studying Japanese, running, knitting, and gaming.

Getting in touch

Want to learn more about Steven’s work? Interested in a collaboration? You can contact Steven via email at s.geofrey[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。