I'm a digital product and graphics designer. I love device responsive web standards, functional user interfaces and branding — especially if there's a new product or service involved.

That's pretty specific, though. Deep down I really love designing all sorts of things. I geek out on physically interactive spaces and objects, data art, computational aesthetics, as well as bio-design.

I studied visual communication and art history at The George Washington University and I'm a graduate of New York University's innovative design and technology master's program, ITP.

I live, work and ride bikes in sunny Brooklyn, NY.


Academic Experience

2010.09 — 2012.05

Master of Professional Studies
Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP) Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

2000.09 — 2004.05

BA Visual Communications with minor in Art History
The George Washington University
Graduated Cum Laude
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Spring 2003 semester at Sydney University, AU

Professional Experience

2012.08 — present

UX Designer, Microsoft, New York, NY

I'm only just getting started.

2012.01 — 2012.05

Interaction Designer, SumAll, New York, NY

Worked with a small team of designers and developers to release the front-end of an analytics web application. Integrating an impressive array of data sources into a smart and charming experience, the application allows ecommerce business owners to save time and make better decisions.

2011.06 — 2011.09

UX Designer, Microsoft Bing, Bellevue, WA

Worked with design, editorial, dev and program management teams to scope, design and develop prototypes for a soon-to-be-released Bing.com feature during a summer internship. The internship culminated in two presentations of the feature prototypes to senior leadership at Microsoft as well as the Bing design team.

2007.02 — 2010.08

Graphic & Interaction Designer, Empax, Inc., New York, NY

Created a range of environmental, print and interactive materials to promote nonprofit clients and their causes. responsible for designing and presenting brand strategies, identities, print collateral, environmental signage, animation, user experience and interface, content management system setup and third party plug-in and data integration, search engine optimization, user analytics and testing.

2006.12 — 2011.08

Freelance Graphic & Interaction Design Consultant, New York, NY

Worked as a sole proprietor with various clients from retail, music, film, nonprofit, real estate and technology industries to create and improve existing brand and user experiences across many platforms and media, although mostly print and web.

2004.04 — 2006.01

Graphic Designer, The George Washington University Communication & Creative Services, Washington, DC

Worked with project management and external production vendors to deliver a range of print and interactive material related to university publications and communications initiatives. responsibilities included design and implementation of print collateral, posters, animation, environmental signage, web publication and press checks.

Other Experience

2011.11 — 2012.02

Vibrant Technology Researcher, Intel Research, NYC
Grant recipient working with NYU faculty, Intel researchers and student collaborators to design and develop a prototype for a location-based interactive organism that explores what happens when technologies are re-envisioned as peers instead of tools.

2006.01 — 2006.12

English Teacher, NOVA Japan, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
Taught and mentored students of all ages and abilities in small to medium-sized classes to improve proficiency in english linguistics and conversation.

Selected Press & Publications


Project: #BKME
Creative Applications (Web)
“BKME.ORG – A Web Platform for Reclaiming Bike Lanes”
by Greg J. Smith


Project: #BKME
Laughing Squid (Web)
“BKME, Web Platform For Recording Bicycle Lane Violations”
by Edw Lynch


Project: Budget Climb
Freakonomics (Web)
“What Would it Be Like to Climb 26 Years of Federal Spending?”


Project: Budget Climb
Flowingdata (Web)
“Physically climb over budget data with Kinect”
by Nathan Yau


Project: Gedenk Logo
Logo Lounge 6 (Book)
by Catharine Fishel and Bill Gardner, Rockport Publishers


Project: Pousse Cafe
Gizmodo (Web)
“A Bartender That Pours The Perfect Shot, Every Shot” by Matt Buchanan


Project: The 2007 Gotham Awards Logo
Basic Logos (Book)
by Index Book


The Alliance for Climate Protection Website
Print Magazine
“Dialogue: Martin Kace”
by Steven Heller

Selected Exhibitions


ITP Winter Show 2011, NYC


ITP Spring Show 2011, NYC


Data Viz Challenge Party, hosted by Eyebeam and Google, NYC


ITP Winter show 2010, NYC

Learning Bit by Bit – Week 04

February 22, 2011


The assignment:

Write a program that takes one or more corpora of text as input and generates new text as output in the style of the original. Write a blog post including the generated text and your evaluation of it and post a link to this as well as your code on the HW wiki.

It’s interesting how this and my Reading and Writing Electronic Text overlap. For beginning to even try my own hand at writing a program that will take input and and based on N-Gram learning, I wanted to run a lingpipe example in Java to see if it could perform a similar function as my Reading and Writing assignment, that is, distill two texts and return something indicative of both. I started by grabbing Common Sense pasting it into The Communist Manifesto and then tried different values for the N-Gram value to generate 120 words of text. Here’s a sample of what a 3-gram of the two look like:

there arises a world after its own calling as the appointment of committees at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom . But the injuries which nature justifies , and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes . Mr . Cornwall ( one of the proletariat . The bourgeoisie , in other words , it is leaving them the spectacle of a king hath enjoyed more peace for this continent can reap , by being connected with Great Britain . Under our present denomination of British subjects , ” rebellious subjects , ” ” DRAGONETTI ON VIRTUE AND REWARDS . ” But examine the passions and feelings of mankind , Bring the doctrine of reconciliation , may sweep away the liberties

Hmmm, clearly it’s a mess. I then ran a 5-gram in the same way to get:

they will then represent the first peopling of any country , or of the world . In this state of natural liberty , society will be their first thought . A thousand motives will excite them thereto , the strength of one man is so unequal to his wants , and his mind so unfitted for perpetual solitude , that he is soon obliged to seek assistance and relief of another , who in his turn requires the same . Four or five united would be able to raise a tolerable dwelling in the midst of his splendor is crumbling into dust ! As the exalting one man so greatly above the rest cannot be justified on the equal rights of nature , so neither

Still kind of none-sense, just like the poetry generated by my Reading and Writing assignment. I was beginning to think these texts were hopeless, so I gave The Scarlet Letter and The Call of the Wild a shot to see if anything interesting came out. Here’s a 3-Gram:

her , she flew thitherward , there would have been a tonic and a half – breed cook shouted at him . ” I have been as perilous as demons to their own inability to escape detection . His spirit rose , as he came upon a bony frame , and in the midst of civilization . Because of all cornered husky dogs , and as he did not know how to work dogs , but had gained much knowledge of ice fell through bodily into the river . Buck did not hesitate an instant longer . No matter whether of exquisite pain , heralded the breaking forth of pandemonium . The child ‘ s side , and had the effect of the

The 5-Gram:

detect and explain to herself the relation which they bore to one another . There was witchcraft in little Pearl ‘ s wild eyes . Still came the battery of flowers , almost invariably hitting the mark , and covering the mother ‘ s enthusiasm of thought had something to wreak itself upon . Providence , in the person of another , would constrain them to whisper the black scandal of bygone years . It was none the less terrible to her , as proceeding from lips that babbled it unconsciously . It seemed to argue so wide a diffusion of her shame , that all nature knew of it ; it could have caused her no deeper pang had the leaves of the trees

The 3-Gram doesn’t really make any sense, but it’s a better mashup of the two than the 5-Gram which seems to be following one text or another too strictly. Doing this exercise makes me think that this is how politicians generate some of their soundbites. Would it be possible to setup a couple speeches that spoke to two different and/or opposing interests and generate a speech that meets the middle ground between them?

I thought moving forward, and by that I mean writing my own program, I would try writing a python program which I’ve become seriously fond of. I started with a nice working example from this dude Pedro Paulo Balage at the University of Walverhampton and adapted it for more flexibility in accepting arguments through the command line. Here’s the program source:

This is a 200 word sample of output by using The Scarlet Letter and The Call of the Wild as the two sources, set to a 4-gram:

Chapter I. Into the Primitive “Old longings nomadic leap, Chafing at custom’s chain; Again from its brumal sleep Wakens the ferine strain.” Buck did not know why, but he felt oppressed by the vague sense of impending calamity. Several times during the night he sprang to his feet, his mouth laughing, his eyes eloquent, his throat vibrant with unuttered sound, and in that fashion remained without movement, John Thornton would reverently exclaim, “God! you can all but speak!” Buck had a trick of love expression that was dancing on Pearl’s features, her mother could have fancied that the child might really be seeking to approach her with childlike confidence, and doing what she could, and as intelligently as she knew how, to establish a kind of lurid playfulness. Shortly afterwards, the like grisly sense of the humorous again stole in among the solemn phantoms of his thought. In the open air their rapture broke into speech. The street and the market-place absolutely babbled, from side to side. But to prevent them from getting behind him, he reached up and closed with both arms around the shaggy neck. Hans snubbed the rope around the tree, and Buck and Thornton were jerked

I love the transition from anthropomorphizing to talk of features and expressions and childlike confidence.