I'm currently Principal Designer at Vox Media, Inc - on the Brand Development team. Over the last 5 years - I have been lucky enough to work on almost every type of thing Vox does. From the design of Vox.com and card-stack prototyping, to Recode & Code Conference/s re-branding, to Brand Partnerships, to off-platform design, to art directing high-gloss editorial features - and everything in-between. I helped create and lead a variety of internal cultural initiatives like charette/critique, and product ideation sessions. I am a generalist, and proud of it.
I am on the Board of Directors for the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy - publisher of Pacific Standard Magazine
In 2012 was part of a small group that co-founded Mission & State (formerly 'Santa Barbara Journalism Initiative'). After countless hours building proposals and planning, we won the Knight News Challenge (500k plus a matching requirement supported by local foundations) to make it into the non-profit, in-depth online newspaper that we envisioned. Though the project lasted only 2 years (long story with post-mortem forthcoming), I am extremely proud of the work we did with fellow co-founders and talented journalists.
My involvement with Mission & State stemmed from my multi-year side project, City2.0 (2007-2012. RIP.); a vibrant citizen blog network & headline aggregation tool for Santa Barbara County (pre-Patch.com). A civic-oriented startup, City2 (at it's peak) was home over 100 blogs providing citizen coverage of local politics, arts, culture, sports, and breaking news.
For the 8 years (2004-2011) before working for Vox Media, I ran a small independent design studio called The Graphic Vendor, focusing on branding, identity, & web design.
I sometimes curate independent idea-driven exhibitions. Instead of doing studio visits and collecting [existing] works for shows, I tend to ask artists to create new work in response to an idea.
In 2013, I curated THINGS THAT TURN YOUR BRAINS TO MUSH for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Santa Barbara). I asked 7 artists to make new works responding to neo-luddism, animated gifs, and evolving digital shorthand / language.
In 2011, SUPER SANTA BARBARA II (on net neutrality) focused on Net Neutrality and it's potential implications for the future of the region.
I have also been an exhibiting artist since 2003. More about that here.