visual communicator

The State of Government Contracting

I teamed up together with Bloomberg TV producers and analysts to create this motion graphic that examines the state of government contracting. The BGOV 200 is an annual look at the trends and who's doing what for the Federal government. I story-boarded and animated to the narration that was written and presented by the producers at Bloomberg TV. Collaboration during the writing phase was valued and encouraged to help make the final product a successful motion graphic. With each project I like to find something to enhance my skill set. In this piece I was able to experiment with particle effects to create rocket exhaust. The final ran on both the Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg.com websites as well as Bloomberg TV.

Zombie Air Towers

I teamed up with an editor and reporter to examine the top 20 FAA-staffed airports with the biggest traffic declines from 2000-2010. Consulting with the Bloomberg news team I designed and published this cross-platform presentation. I worked closely with a fellow graphics colleague/developer to ensure the interactive experience was optimal on both touch-devices and desktop browsers.

Untangling FOIA

I teamed up with an editor, data reporter and fellow designer to produce this investigative piece that examines the Obama administration’s track record at responding to FOIA fillings. From President Obama’s first day in office he declared it would be the most transparent in history. The findings where dramatically different. I primarily focused on creating the primer-style motion graphic while serving as a second set of eyes for the designer that was leading the effort of presenting the data from the findings. I wrote a first draft of the narration and worked with editors to finalize it. I saw the video production through from storyboard to illustration and from animation to final narration.

Return on Investment of the Cloud

I teamed up with Bloomberg Government analysts and editors to create three individual center spread layouts for Bloomberg News’s presidential political conventions publication known as the Bloomberg Insider. It was a magazine that was published and distributed daily at both the Republican and Democratic 2012 conventions. This one examined the importance of the U.S. government’s continued investment in the cloud.

I collaborated closely with the author to ensure the layout and graphic presentation complimented his highly conceptual message. I chose a stylized, illustrative approach for a majority of the space and complimented it with a rich data visualization on the ROI of the cloud.

Deficit: The Real Story

I teamed up with Bloomberg Government analysts and editors to create three individual center spread layouts for Bloomberg News’s presidential political conventions publication known as the Bloomberg Insider. It was a magazine that was published and distributed daily at both the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions. This one examined the real story behind the deficit.

I collaborated closely with the author and a battery of editors to ensure the layout and graphic presentation illustrated the complex message. In my mind it was important that the layout be centered around the same step-by-step process the author used to explain it to me. Essentially the conversation with the author became the graphics that are included in the two-page spread.

BGOV200:Federal Industry Leaders

Taking a break from editorial focused content, myself and former USA Today colleague and current Bloomberg Government video producer Julia Schmalz teamed up to produce this BGOV marketing video. It was used as a centerpiece to the BGOV 200, a first annual event held at the U.S. Institute for Peace. BGOV unveiled the top 200 U.S. government contrators. The video was also featured on BGOV.com. I was responsible for all animation production. Julia and I worked together to make sure the transitions from animated and video segments blended well. After collaborating on many projects at USA Today the two work together seamlessly and their skills compliment each other to a high degree.

The Price of Cybersecurity

I teamed up with a lead analyst/editor, former USA Today and current Bloomberg Government colleague, Julia Schmalz, and designer Chloe Joy to produce this video. It served as a short primer to the release of a larger BGOV study — The Price of Cybersecurity.It was also used to kick off a companion panel discussion that was hosted at the International Spy Museum. I served as lead designer. Acting in an Art Director’s capacity I set the look and feel of the animation. I also made stylistic suggestions for how the video interviews could be integrated with the animated sequences. Time constraints made it advantageous to split the animation between Chloe and myself. We developed a seamless workflow so the end result was cohesive.

Hurricane Katrina: Five Years Later

I worked with a long list of journalism professionals, at USA Today, to help produce this multimedia package marking the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Josh Hatch led the effort and asked me to oversee the graphics and animation for the project. Specifically, I was asked to research two areas — progress on the levee system and any changes in building code post disaster. I also created/edited motion graphics throughout the presentation. I performed telephone interviews and set up meetings with key individuals in preparation for a trip to New Orleans. I traveled down to the region with photo journalist Denny Gainer. I did graphics reporting from the field as well as assisted Denny. To date, I feel my contribution to the project stands as one of my crowning achievements.

Reapportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives

I produced and animated this motion graphic to accompany many stories that would be released surrounding the 2010 U.S. Census for USA Today. It examines how reapportionment works in the U.S. House of Representatives. The number of seats assigned to each state can vary depending on the outcome of census reports. I co-wrote the narration with, then Interactives Director, Josh Hatch. I worked with a contracted narrator to define the right tone for the piece. I was responsible for storyboarding, illustration and animation. I worked with a producer to ensure the audio track, music and sound effects added depth and character to the final product.

Talkin' About Your Generation

I teamed up with developers and a producer to help create this multimedia quiz. It accompanied a series of stories that USA Today featured on the rapidly retiring baby boomer generation. The team built a game that all generations would find entertaining to answer.

I was responsible for the results interface as well as the motion graphic that plays as the reader’s scores are calculated. I storyboarded, illustrated and animated the video and designed the results interface.

Whistler Sliding Centre

While at USA Today I was embedded in the Sports section with a producer and one other designer for almost two years. During my time there I spearheaded the online graphics for the 2010 Winter Olympics. A look at Whistler Sliding Centre won Best of Digital News Design, in 2011, for the Society for News Design.

Tennis’ sonic boom

While at USA Today I was embedded in the Sports section with a producer and one other designer for almost two years. A Look at Andy Roddick’s Swing was an opportunity for me to apply my “motion eye” to an interactive. The reporter had interviewed Roddick’s coach about aspects to his swing. I felt it was natural to diagram the subtleties over video since one of the USA Today photographers had shot one of Roddick’s practices in slow motion. The resulting interactive is both entertaining and informative.

Highs and Lows of Augusta National

While at USA Today I was embedded in the Sports section with a producer and one other designer for almost two years. Much like Roddick’s swing graphic, Augusta National golf course provided subtleties that could only be diagramed so readers could get a full appreciation for what the reproter was describing. The resulting interactive showed the dramatic elevation changes on the course. At one time audio of Zach Johnson narrated each hole. I was responsible for all design and illustration as well as the interactivity.

MRAPs and IEDs

In 2008, during the War in Iraq, the U.S. military’s greatest challenge was learning how to deal with improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, or MRAPs, became the preferred mode of transportation to help protect soldiers and marines. The interactive was to have a dual purpose. One, to tell the story of a group of soldiers that survived an IED blast in an MRAP. Two, to show how long it took to get the vehicles to the troops on the ground. I was responsible for illustration, animation and design, as well as constructing the interactive. I worked with an audio producer to pick the right quotes to use help tell the soldier’s story. I also teamed up with a developer to complete more complex action-script for the timeline segment.

Civil War Camp

In 2005 I had a chance to do my first reporting from the field. USA Today’s Travel and Destinations section did a story on Pamplin Park ,a Civil War living-history park, near Petersburg, Virginia. The park featured a camp where mostly parents and their children could experience what it might have been like to be a common soldier during the American Civil War. I traveled with an audio producer and a photographer to do graphics reporting. Additionally, I shot some of my own photography for the final interactive and assisted the audio producer. Returning, after two days in the August heat, I produced this interactive documentary.

Steel Rain: The Use of Cluster Bombs in Iraq

Steel Rain. USA Today was the first media outlet to report on this aspect of the conflict. Many other media outlets followed after the story published. The piece went on to win Editor & Publisher’s 2004 EPPY Award. Looking back, I realize I was among a few pioneers telling stories using these techniques.