Portfolio

From user experience and editorial strategy to visual design and front-end development, the work below showcases a range of editorial and product design work that I have played a key role in over the last few years.

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

Web documentaries and enterprise stories

One way I often describe the enterprise stories that I have worked on is that they are not just on the web but of the web. To be of the web, it is important to go beyond simply using the web as a delivery mechanism, and focus on the shareable, responsive, and interactive qualities of the platform that make it unique. The projects featured below demonstrate how multiple file types and formats can work in concert to deliver stories as interactive web-native experiences.

Project Argo

Product and platform design

I am a designer that excels at hypothesis-driven design. I love working with multidisciplinary teams to build, measure, and learn in an iterative way. The work below showcases a few of the products in which I have played a lead role in both strategy and design on a multidisciplinary product team.

Fact Check And Full Transcript Of The Final 2016 Presidential Debate

News design

While the traditional article format can be an effective way to convey news and information, I believe it is important to let the content drive the form of the experience. Through an understanding of user needs and editorial goals, it is possible to think beyond the article, and develop design solutions tailored to the unique needs of a given context. In the following examples, I share instances in which I have played a lead design role in presenting news content in new and innovative ways.

Demolished Title Card

Sequential visual stories

Sequential visual stories are full-screen tappable experiences that mix multiple forms of media together to form a slide based linear story. I have honed my use of this design approach as a way of presenting visual experiences in an immersive way across all breakpoints and devices. The sequential approach of presenting ideas one slide at a time provides the benefit of editorial control over the rhythm of the narrative, without sacrificing interactivity or the ability for the user to maintain control over the pace of the experience.

Lost And Found

Audio narratives

Finding ways to present engaging audio storytelling online is challenging. The web is a screen based medium that has a visual bias. When presented online, it is not uncommon for audio stories to be converted to text, transformed into a video, or offered up as a download. This is unfortunate. Telling stories with sound is incredibly powerful, and can work well online if done in the right way.

To create engaging online audio storytelling, I believe that visuals need to be tightly integrated into the flow of the story, but not in a way that overpowers the sound. When building audio-driven experiences for the web, my goal is to augment and enhance the sound with subordinate visuals that encourage focused listening. The following stories are an expression of that desire.

Wolves At The Door

Photo essays

I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to work on the design of a number of photo essays with a photographer as talented as David Gilkey. He trusted us with his work, which allowed us to design experiences that went beyond treating his photography as isolated elements on the page.

My goal in the design of these photo essays was to create a unified story experience that reflected the same editorial intention we found in his photography.

Instead of treating photography and text as separate elements, I strive to create photo-driven narratives in which tightly integrated text provides the connection between scenes. The success of these photo essays rests in the ability of the text and interface to get out of the way of the photography, and let the powerful images speak for themselves.

Stand At The Edge Of Geologic Time

WebVR and binaural audio

Using web technology to build virtual reality projects offers exciting possibilities. Unlike building a VR project as an app for a specific platform like Oculus Rift, using an open specification like WebVR lowers the barrier to experiencing a story in virtual reality. From HTC Vive to Daydream to Google Cardboard, or just a standard web browser, WebVR projects work across platforms and devices.

As a designer and developer, I’m a big believer in open standards and have benefited greatly from knowledge shared in the open source community. When it came time to build an immersive story about geology, and the sights and sounds of Rocky Mountain National park told with binaural audio and 360° images, I prioritized building the story in an open way.

Picture Story Ecosystem

A diagram illustrating the iterative growth and development of visual story formats that I've worked on. I created the diagram for an article in Source about the evolution of NPR's picture stories.

Articles

Awards

2017

  • ONA Online Journalism Awards: Finalist for Stand at the Edge of Geologic Time, Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Large.
  • Data Journalism Awards 2017: The Chartbeat award for the best use of data in a breaking news story, within first 36 hours for Fact Check And Analysis Of The First Presidential Debate
  • SND38 Best of Digital Design: Award of Excellence for Fact Check And Analysis Of The First Presidential Debate, Experimental Design.

2016

  • SND37 Best of Digital Design: Silver for Wes Lindamood, Individual Portfolio of Work.
  • SND37 Best of Digital Design: Silver for Rain Forest Was Here, Features: Single-subject project.
  • SND37 Best of Digital Design: Award of Excellence for The Unthinkable, Features: Single-subject project.
  • SND37 Best of Digital Design: Award of Excellence for earbud.fm, Continuous use: section or topic.
  • SND37 Best of Digital Design: Award of Excellence for NPR Visuals, Portfolios: Organization.
  • White House News Photographers Association Multimedia Contest: Second Place for A Brother And Sister In Love, Feature Story.
  • World Press Photo Multimedia Contest: Second Place for Life After Death, immersive storytelling.
  • NPPA Best of Photojournalism Multimedia Contest: First Place for Look At This, Visual Column
  • NPPA Best of Photojournalism Multimedia Contest: Second Place for A Brother And Sister In Love, Feature Story
  • NPPA Quarter Three – Digital Visual Innovation: First Place for Stand At The Edge Of Geologic Time
  • Pictures of the Year International Competition: Award of Excellence for Life After Death, Online News & Issue Story Editing

2015

  • Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards: Winner for Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt.
  • ONA Online Journalism Awards: Finalist for Life After Death, Topical Reporting, Large.
  • ONA Online Journalism Awards: Finalist for Look At This, Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Large.
  • SND36 Best of Digital Design: Gold for Demolished, Features, Single-subject project.
  • SND36 Best of Digital Design: Silver for NPR Visuals, Organization Portfolio.
  • SND36 Best of Digital Design: Award of Excellence for Borderland, Use of Multimedia.
  • White House News Photographers Association Multimedia Contest: Second Place for Borderland, Best Multimedia Package.
  • White House News Photographers Association Multimedia Contest: Third Place for Buzkashi, Sports.

2014

  • Gerald Loeb Awards: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Online.
  • International Documentary Association Awards: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Best Short Form Series Award.
  • News & Documentary Emmy Awards: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, New Approaches: Documentaries.
  • ONA Online Journalism Awards: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Large.
  • Overseas Press Club of America Awards: Borderland, Best Multimedia News Presentation.
  • Pictures of the Year International Competition: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Documentary Project of the Year.
  • SND35 Best of Digital Design: Gold for Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Single-story project.
  • White House News Photographers Association Multimedia Contest: First Place for Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Innovation.

2013

  • NPPA Best of Photojournalism Multimedia Contest Honorable Mention for Lost and Found, Multimedia Package.
  • ONA Online Journalism Awards: Finalist for, NPR.org, General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large.
  • Overseas Press Club of America Awards: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Best Multimedia News Presentation.
  • Scripps Howard Awards: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Digital Innovation.
  • SND34 Best of Digital Design: Silver for Lost and Found, Single-story project.
  • SND34 Best of Digital Design: Award of Excellence for Boomtown, Use of Multimedia
  • SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, Specialized Journalism Site.
  • White House News Photographers Association Multimedia Contest: Lost and Found, Best in Show.
  • World Press Photo Multimedia Contest: second place for Lost and Found, Interactive Documentary.