Christian Swinehart is a graphic designer, software developer, and data artist. His practice focuses on interaction and user interface design with a specialty in data visualization. He is the founder and principal of Samizdat Drafting Co. and is an active participant in the open-source world as the author of the PlotDevice and Arbor.js visualization tools.
Christian's work is informed by a background in biology and computational modeling. His projects frequently employ simulation and numerical analysis as a means to communicate the structure within complex systems. Recent clients include The New York Times, Bloomberg, Gallup, Pentagram, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Allied Works Architects.
MFA | Graphic Design (RISD, 2008)
Ph.D. | Computational Neuroscience (Brandeis University, 2005)
BS | Cognitive Science (Dickinson College, 1998)
Data Vis & Info Aesthetics (Fall 2019)