I’m a data-viz and multimedia designer from Washington, DC. I am the design and visuals manager at the Urban Institute, a social and economic research institution. At Urban, I lead a team of designers and developers who distill complex information into high-impact, visually digestible presentations. My team and I have led Urban into a new age of visual storytelling and updated the organization’s visual brand identity as well as the website.
Before my work at Urban, I was the creative director at the NEED Project, a small nonprofit teaching K–12 students across the country about energy, from wind and natural gas to the physics of light, sound, and motion.
Before moving to DC, I was an infographics artist at The Columbus Dispatch, a major metropolitan newspaper and central Ohio’s most popular website. I started at The Dispatch in 2007 as I was finishing my master’s degree in photography at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. My master’s project explored the impact of multimedia on the design of national news websites during the 2008 presidential election.
With experience in computer science, art, design, and journalism, I have a unique set of skills that keep me on the cutting edge of new media technology and visual communication. I’m quick to adapt to any new challenge, and I’m a voracious learner. I am detail oriented, clear and concise, and cool under deadline.
I’m happily married to my wife, Leslie, a veterinarian practicing in Arlington, Virginia. We recently had our first child, Eleanor, who keeps us on our toes. We’ve got two dogs, Bonnie and Vernon, and two cats, Trudie and Charlie. I love to cook anything that takes more than six hours to make—I’ve won awards for my chili recipe, I’m an avid backyard barbecue enthusiast, and I brew my own beer.
A good designer will push and pull. As a client, you bring a designer in because you need somebody with a specialized set of skills—somebody who can help you translate your work to your intended audiences. A good designer is a partner, not a service provider. I know which questions to ask, and I always make sure I understand the content before trying to communicate it to somebody else. The greatest skill I have is my ability to solve problems. Projects succeed when clients come to me and say, "We have this great work and we want to showcase it with an illustration. We like your work, knock yourself out." Or, "I've got this dataset that shows some interesting trends. How should we bring it to life?" I love it when a client understands that they're good at what they do and that I'm good at what I do. That's how we make magic.