Hi there! I'm a design-minded journalist and hobbyist developer at Northwestern University. I like to create work that explores the intersections of art, design, storytelling and code. At school, I'm a student fellow at the Knight Lab and a computer science researcher at the Delta Lab. Currently I'm hanging out in Washington D.C., interning at Discovery Channel doing design research and creating Amazon Alexa skills. 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
Waves is a Raspberry Pi project that can visualize and print the soundwaves of your laugh, or the answer to a personal question. The viz is our gift to the user as a physical remnant of the experience, plus something only the user can decode. You can read more about our design and development process here. Waves made its debut at the Segal Design Expo and was featured on the RPI blog
A Facebook messenger bot that helps college students find the right mental health specialist under their insurance plan and near their location. My buddy Matt and I built it over a weekend at a hackathon in April hosted by ProPublica, Better Doctor and Yelp. This 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
What if you could tell a story using panoramas and 360 photos? SceneVR uses a-frame to help create webVR friendly photo slideshows. I spent 6 months working on this tool as a UI/UX designer. The project is still in beta version but recently won $20,000 from the Knight Foundation Journalism 360 Challenge. Check it out here
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.
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.