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.
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
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.
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.
Creative Applications (Web)
“BKME.ORG – A Web Platform for Reclaiming Bike Lanes”
by Greg J. Smith
Laughing Squid (Web)
“BKME, Web Platform For Recording Bicycle Lane Violations”
by Edw Lynch
Project: Pousse Cafe
“A Bartender That Pours The Perfect Shot, Every Shot” by Matt Buchanan
The Alliance for Climate Protection Website
“Dialogue: Martin Kace”
by Steven Heller
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
It is clear that the wider adoption of open video standards will have an impact on how we view and interpret the opinions of political candidates, and one can imagine both benefits as well as drawbacks to this adoption. If we assume that purely objective reporting was impossible in our network TV news past and homophily and the present online echo chamber gives us access to an increasingly marginalized view, I wonder whether an increased ability to subjectively contextualize video will prove boon or bane to our political process.
At least a portion of the project I am working on deals with taking a speaker’s words and shuffling them to create new phrases and opinions. I’ve gotten to a point where I need to think about how I recontextualize the speaker’s words. For my purposes it’s obvious that a tone of absurdity will serve best, but what if my motivations were political and meant to serve more devious intents? Would it be possible to create a presentation that effectively convinced an eager audience that the speaker held opinions that they in fact did not have?
We see this a lot nowadays, and the formula is really as simple as having a couple of people in a newsroom having an impassioned discussion centered on very specific ideas and then showing a short piece of a larger video that takes the speaker’s words completely out of context. This technique builds a very weak argument for the attentive and moderate among us but resonates strongly for the politically indignant. Building from this idea, one can imagine the way in which our ability to dynamically and powerfully manipulate video on fly could increase the divide between left and right.
I found a pretty hysterical incident in which Obama, when giving his speech at West Point last May, announced that America would be ending combat missions in Iraq. After his statement the audience of cadets applaud (albeit lightly), however FOX News’ online version (embedded here) of the same speech omits the applause. They claimed it was a technical error, where the editor merged two clips and the muted buffer just happened to align perfectly with this moment, while others think it was an intentional blunder. You can check out more details on the Huffington Post.
Not to mention length of reporting shrinking alongside our attention spans. NPR has a short little piece describing how the political sound bite has shrunk over time, from an average of 43 seconds in 1968 down to 9 seconds in 1988, and despite an effort by CBS to restrict lengths to no less than 30 seconds during the 1992 campaign coverage – this is where it remains. Despite length being a decent indicator of adequate context, in his Boston Globe piece Craig Fehrman offers some evidence that a shrinking sound bite may not be a bad thing, and The Onion (as always) does a really nice job getting a laugh out of the 24 second news cycle.
Whatever the case may be, there seems to be two opposing forces which seem to be at work when we consider the impact open video has on our opinions of political candidates: increased access and increased decontextualization – and I’m still not sure which side will have a greater impact.