Hi there! I'm a design-minded storyteller and hobbyist developer at Northwestern University. I like to create work that explores the intersections of art, design, marketing and code - usually in the form of side projects. At school, I'm a student fellow at the Knight Lab where I build community and a computer science researcher at the Delta Lab. Most recently, I just wrapped up my summer at Discovery Channel as a consumer insights and design research intern. Other past gigs include covering the 2016 election for Medill News Service, creating graphics for NBC News and improving ProPublica's APIs.
USA Today, Oct. 26, 2016
Washington Post, Aug. 10, 2016
U.S. News and World, Nov. 9, 2016
U.S. News and World, Nov. 2, 2016
Medill News Service, Oct. 11, 2016
A raspberry pi that records people’s spoken responses to personal questions and prints them in the form of a sound wave as a gift for being truthful. You can read more about our design and development process here and check out the code here. Waves made its debut at the Spring 2017 Segal Design Expo and was featured on the RPI blog We were also interviewed and part of a two page spread of the September 2017 MagPi issue, the official Raspberry Pi Magazine! See pages 32 and 33 here.
What if you could tell a story using panoramas and 360 photos? SceneVR uses a-frame to create webVR friendly photo slideshows. I spent 6 months working on this tool as a UI/UX designer - designing for desktop, mobile and Google cardboard versions. Created mocks using Sketch and collaborated with the software engineer using agile methodology. The project is still in beta version but recently won $35,000 from the Knight Foundation Journalism 360 Challenge.
Created mock design comps of what the mobile home page will look like while featuring news from the Rio Olympics. Transformed a desktop design into a responsive, mobile friendly version that felt native but was also efficient.
Print out your Trello cards like a Michelin-starred chef and stab them once complete! This project resonated with a lot of folks on Twitter (people seem to really like impaling pieces of paper), so my friend Pam and I wrote a tutorial for the Color Coded tech community here. Feel free to check out the code and tweet me if you build one yourself.
A Facebook messenger bot that helps college students find the right mental health specialist under their insurance plan and near their location. We thought this served a need because, from our experiences, college campuses offer a limited amount of free counseling sessions. Students battling mental health don't often find the long-term help they need, and finding a quality specialist can be really scary/difficult. So, my buddy Matt and I built a prototype version of this bot at a hackathon hosted by ProPublica, Better Doctor and Yelp. Our project won the $1,000 Yelp cash prize for best use of their API and the best use of the Better Doctor API award. You can read more about how we designed and developed it. Code here
I came across an article in the BCC explaining the biggest ISIS-led attack in Iraq around June 2016. I thought that the article could really use a benefit so I decided to practice my D3, Illustrator, and ai2tml skills to create a map version. Used D3.js to create the basemap, converted it to an SVG, and used Illustrator to label details. See it live here.
I gave a talk to a freshmen multimedia reporting class about the benefits of learning how to code, using learn.knightlab - the tutorial site I worked on.
CARDful is an Internet of Thing that helps recent graduates budget their money. My team and I won first place at the Women's IoT makeathon at West Virginia University in April 2016. It's a card with a color-changing LCD that syncs with a mobile app and lets you know if you are in the red, yellow, or green zone.
Presented a Lightning talk at the Knight Lab with my colleague about the beauty of virtual reality journalism. Shared about our experience at the USC's Women's Hackathon. Click on the image to see our slides.