The Problem

As the world becomes increasingly connected, the number of people we know and the ways we know them have exponentially increased. Organizationally this complicates things, and emotionally this requires more energy to navigate. Who am I losing touch with? Who does so-and-so know that I know?

The Solution

Re-imagine the address book entirely. Connect in all the social networks you use to create a repository of everyone you know. Use residual social data to understand a number of intentions. Patterns of interaction indicate who's important and who you have or haven't been focusing attention on. Collectively enabling you to be a better friend.



The Problem

It's easy to lose a sense of scope and humanity when you think about communities by their population size. About 70,000 blocks make up New York City, each one a tile in our vast mosaic, each with its own stories.

The Solution

As an employee of the New York Times, I created an interactive web project for that zooms in on a single unassuming block in Brooklyn to reveal stories of a young couple in love, a convicted murder, an affluent filmmaker and a rotating cast of young musicians. I developed the interactive from scratch, while working along side journalists in the field who were gathering audio, video and photographs.


The Idea

A vastly simplified weather application that visualizes important data to maximize legibility. The top header color moves through a gradient of cool to warm color schemes based on that day's high. The chance of rain is visualized as a bar graph on an hourly basis. And a glyph summary of the day's weather appears at top.


The Problem

Git and similar resources for coding are great at handling repositories of large code bases but require too much scaffolding for snippets. Sharing ideas and problems should be frictionless in order to maximize the chance of finding and reusing answers.

The Solution

A webpage that you can paste code into that creates a short, friendly url. It's styled to look like a vim editor so it feels comfortable and native. All the chrome is pulled away to reveal just what's necessary. That means we'll detect the language and handle the syntax highlighting so it's highly legible. You can quickly share with just a click. The whole project is open-source.


The Problem

Alzheimer's is a incurable and brutally debilitating disease. It affects both the lives of those with the disease and their surrounding friends and family. It's the most common form of dementia. How do you raise awareness about such an important health issue?

The Solution

Follow a video of an Alzheimer's caregiver through the toughest decision: committing her husband with an early-onset form of the disease to a fulltime Alzheimer's care facility. I worked as a video editor alongside journalists to create an evocative video for AARP.


The Problem

Student work outside the classroom is often without a platform for easy syndication that creates both a goal to strive toward and a feedback loop to improve.

The Solution

Build an attractive venue to house stu- dents working on photojournalism projects. I created and designed a javascript-based publication that interfaces with a backend to which students at Syracuse University have access. Enabling students to publish their work in a place the community can view.


The Problem

Thoughtfully planning a trip to any destination requires an exhaustive amount of research, usually across a myriad of different sources which adds friction to the process of comparing options.

The Solution

Build a comprehensively search-able experience of a region and uphold a standard of information for each destination. I created a custom backend that enabled multiple-tiers of administrative privileges, so people could collaborate at curating information about businesses in each city. Plus a supporting PHP API that the frontend could use to display and search content.


The Problem

Magazines quickly ported their content over to the burgeoning tablet market with skeuomorphic metaphors and business models. Most haven't taken a step back the opportunity to embrace the possibilities of technology.

The Solution

Working with a designer, an editor and a handful of journalists I put together a web-based magazine that leveraged the nature of the web in it's immediacy and responsiveness. Readers could highlight quotes of interest and see what other readers had highlighted, creating a shared experience that enhanced as more people read articles. The frontend is heavily javascript and the backend is a custom CMS.


The Problem

How can we revitalize journalism education and find spaces to experiment with innovative forms of storytelling? The Net Generation is being transformed by the technology around them, how can we find out what that looks like?

The Solution

As a Carnegie-Knight Fellow, I worked with a group of 10 journalists and journalism professors to create experimental web and video projects through storytelling and partnerships with nonprofit organizations. I designed the project's interface and user experience, created video intros for each story, designed branding and developed several elements of the web experience.