Experienced creator of interactive digital storytelling including: animated diagrammatic information graphics; data visualization and photographic multimedia essays.
April 2014 – Present
Relate the Center’s research to academic, policy and media audiences in the form of both print and digital products.
Establish the visual identity for the Center from designing logos and special features branding to style guides and templates.
Responsible for working with the Center’s stakeholders and outside vendors to ensure all website improvements and enhancements appear online in a timely manner.
Oversee initial implementation and subsequent iterative releases of a in-house web based chart-building tool to improve production time and editorial capacity.
Act as visual design consultant for an organization that is in start-up mode (design everything from business cards and office environment to website and printed report templates).
Establish a data visualization team in an organization that has a limited budget and personnel. Team includes outside vendors, two direct reports, and a few cross-team and junior staff members.
Lead the production of interactive projects, charts, graphics, illustration and other visuals as assigned.
Lead design team and mentor junior staff.
Lead the launch of shareable videos for social media
April 2011 – April 2014
Reported on the business implications of government action from a visual perspective.
Worked with reporters, editors and analysts to create interactive/static data visualizations and news apps.
Examined and manipulate data for digital and print visualizations.
Evangelized smart usage of visuals to the analyst team and Bloomberg Government as a whole.
Produced explanatory animations for the website and a Sunday morning television show.
Advocated and participated in cross-team collaboration to push the boundaries of the website’s multimedia experience.
Created print graphics for various special projects.
Served as a mentor to junior members.
Acted as Art Director where appropriate.
March 1998 – April 2011
Served the Life, Breaking News and Sports desks as the sole digital designer.
Created news apps in a Flash environment for 10 years.
Handled data for digital visualizations.
Assisted in multiple site redesigns.
Performed graphics reporting and editing, from the field, for enterprise projects.
Became a key member of the apps team established to leave Flash environment and think multimedia.
Learned advanced animation techniques to expand into explainer motion graphics.
Teamed with developers to help construct apps.
Developed the patience and personality necessary for teaching/mentoring.
Trained print designers digital techniques and web skills.
Acted as Art Director on projects.
2013 Edward Ellis Scripps Award, Scripps Howard Finalist; “Untangling the Freedom of Information Act: A Test of Obama’s Transparency Pledge” (group award)
2012 National Press Photographers Association, Monthly award; “The price of cybersecurity”
2011 Society for News Design, Best of digital news design winner 2010 Olympics coverage “Whistler officials move start to slow men’s luge”
2009 Philip Meyer Journalism Award, First Place; Grantham Prize for Excellence “The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America’s Schools” (Awarded to reporters, contributed information graphics)
August 2009, Featured on interactivenarratives.org “Tennis' sonic boom: A look at Andy Roddick’s Swing“
March 2006, 63rd Annual Pictures of the Year International, Second Place, Multimedia Essay “Marines begin a third tour in Iraq“ (group award)
March 2006, 63rd Annual Pictures of the Year International, First Place, Best Use, Major media The Best of Photo Journalism 2006, Honorable Mention “Participants in the past: Civil War camp“ (group awards)
May 2004, Editors & Publishers EPpy Award, Best Use of Rich Media “Steel Rain: The use of cluster weapons in Iraq“ (group award)
Software - Adobe Creative Suite (Including Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects), Maya and Microsoft Office products
Other - Strong ability to illustrate in a wide range of styles.
University of North Carolina - Interactive Graphics Boot Camp, May 2013
AnimationMentor.com - Certificate, Advanced Character Animation, 2008 – 2009
• Studied the fine art of animation while mentored by animators from Blue Sky Studios, Disney, Pixar and others.
Corcoran College of Art and Design - Continued Education, Structural figure drawing, 2007
The Poynter Institute - Informational Graphics: Planning and Presenting, October 2003
Virginia Commonwealth University - BFA, Communication Arts & Design, 1991 – 1995
• Participated in the cooperative education program. I worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Design Division in Washington, D.C. from 1992-1993
• Co-President of the Illustrator’s Club of VCU 1994-1995.