100 Voices: English Dreams

100 English Dreams is a personal project that I concepted, photographed, and designed to show support for The JET Programme. It is also my first Storiography project. I wanted reading 100 English Dreams to feel like a reading a book without deliberately creating an obvious book reference and while still taking advantage of the scalable browser window. I built the site entirely in WordPress and jQuery.

Built in response to declining Japanese government support for the JET Programme, 100 English Dreams was featured in The Japan Times’ coverage of reader response to the 2010 Japanese budget talks.

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50 Voices: Farm to School Week

50 Voices is a documentary project that I concepted, photographed, and designed to raise awareness of the D.C. Farm To School Network’s big yearly event, Farm to School Week. I based the initial concept on my earlier Storiography project 100 English Dreams and worked together with a team of photographers, event organizers and volunteers, farmers, and teachers to gather the images and words necessary to pull the site together.

Fig.1 – The Intro Page

Fig.2 – Birds’ Eye View of a DC Classroom

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If you had 10 seconds to imagine what a Twitter-based platform to enable better communication between constituents and their representatives should look like, you’d picture a mashup of federal iconography, 90s acid punk rock colors and Hello Kitty hearts n’ stars, right?

GovLuv Home Screen

Fig. 1: The Sign-In Screen

Color plays a central role on GovLuv. Three colors each denote a different level of government – blue for federal, green for state, and yellow for local. I set two shades of each government level color to separate officials from their staffers and constituents. And I set aside a fourth color – pink – for settings within GovLuv’s own interface.

GovLuv Home Screen

Fig. 2: The Federal Screen

I hand-drew a kinder, gentler eagle, with good ol’ pencil & paper first and then cleaned up in Illustrator. I added some hearts for friendliness, a touch of Cooper Black for old-school street cred, and a starburst for extra rockstar-itude.

GovLuv Home Screen

Fig. 3:The Logo

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NASA Remote IT Summit 2011

I worked with Open Forum Foundation to design and develop the Buddypress-based Remote Engagement website for NASA’s 2011 IT Summit.

Fig. 1: The Site

I also created a set of icons visualizing the major stats of the Remote Engagement portion of the summit for a report released after the event.

Fig 2: Spot Illustrations

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Open Forum Foundation

I designed the Open Forum logo and brand concept – the idea of a clearing sky after a storm with a touch of moire for nostalgic longing for brighter days.

Open Forum Business Card Image

Fig. 1: The Business Card

Like the business cards, the website is uber simple, hyper-focused on simplifying a complex message with clear type treatments.

Open Forum Website Image

Fig. 2: The Site

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The OGP Hub for Civil Society

I worked with Hivos to design The OGP Hub for Civil Society website (currently in development) and associated publications – 17 Country Articles on the state of open government around the world, summary report, charts and all data visualization. A mapping feature for ogp civil society actors around the world is currently in production.

Fig. 1: The Homepage

Fig. 2: Country Article for Croatia

Fig. 3: Charts!

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You and I.

My great-grandfather and his wife Joanna moved to DC in 1883 from Mansfield, Ohio. He went on to establish himself as a geographer and writer of some note and she raised two children, John and Frances, who also became a prolific writer of childrens’ books. Joanna collected the letters that she wrote home to her parents in Ohio during the first years of their marriage and settling into a home in Washington, DC into a small journal called “You and I.” that she gave to Frank late in their marriage.

Frank and Frances Carpenter

Fig. 1: Frank Carpenter (right) and his daughter Frances

Moving the letters in “You and I.” online with annotations and links to people, places, and things mentioned is an ongoing personal project of mine.

You and I. website image

Fig. 2: The Site

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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.

-Steve Jobs

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This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

- George Bernard Shaw

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