Latest Work

The Atlas of Moons

National Geographic

Editorial design, data processing, interactive development, cartography Tech: Javascript/CSS, React, Three.js, GSAP

Recent Work

Bans on Plastic, and Bans on Bans

National Geographic

Cartography, data processing Tech: Python, Illustrator/Mapublisher

Super Caves

National Geographic

3D renders Tech: Cinema 4D

2018's deadly hurricane season, visualized

National Geographic

Cartography, data processing, interactive development Tech: Javascript/Python, Photoshop/Illustrator

Greenland Impact Crater

National Geographic

Cartography, data processing Tech: Javascript/Python, Photoshop/Illustrator, Natural Scene Designer

Building Katie's New Face

National Geographic

Editorial design, interactive development Tech: HTML/CSS/Javascript, Photoshop/Illustrator

What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Out

National Geographic

Editorial design, cartography, data processing, interactive development Tech: Javascript/Python, Photoshop/Illustrator

Billions of Birds Migrate. Where Do They Go?

National Geographic

Editorial design, cartography, data processing, interactive development Tech: Javascript/Python, Photoshop/Illustrator, ArcGIS

Cassini's Grand Tour

National Geographic

Editorial design, data reporting/processing, interactive development Tech: Javascript/CSS, D3.js, Three.js, GSAP

The Making of a Most Extraordinary Fossil

National Geographic

Editorial design, interactive development Tech: Javascript/CSS, D3.js

Resurrecting a Dragon

National Geographic

Editorial design, data reporting/processing, interactive development Tech: Javascript/CSS, D3.js, Three.js, GSAP

Explore a Toad's Digital Clone

National Geographic

Editorial design, interactive development Tech: Javascript/CSS, Three.js

Rewind the Red Planet

National Geographic

Editorial design, data reporting/processing, interactive development Tech: Javascript/CSS, Three.js, GSAP

Explore This Mysterious Mosaic

National Geographic

Interactive development, responsive design Tech: Javascript/CSS, Canvas, Leaflet

In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

National Geographic

Interactive development, responsive design Tech: Javascript/CSS, Sketchfab API

A Vanishing Aquifer

National Geographic

Interactive development, responsive design/cartography Tech: Javascript/CSS, SVG, Greensock Animation Platform, Illustrator/Mapublisher

Yellowstone's Elk Migration

National Geographic

Interactive geospatial design/development, data processing Tech: Javascript/CSS, D3, Canvas, Leaflet, Photoshop/Illustrator/Mapublisher, GDAL, Node, commandline

Denali National Park Map

National Geographic

Interactive development, responsive design, data processing, cartographic toolkit development Tech: Javascript/CSS, Backbone, Leaflet, Photoshop/Illustrator/Mapublisher, GDAL, Gulp, Node, commandline

The New New York City Skyline

National Geographic

Interactive development, responsive design, graphics processing Tech: Javascript/CSS, Photoshop/Illustrator, Grunt, commandline, Google Sheets

Climate Survival Guide

National Geographic

Interactive development, responsive design, graphics processing Tech: Javascript/CSS, Illustrator, Underscore, D3, Grunt

Tracking Ivory

National Geographic

Interactive development/mapping, data processing Tech: Javascript/CSS, D3, Leaflet, Node, commandline

Taking Back Detroit

National Geographic

Interactive development Tech: Javascript/CSS, Node, commandline

Louisiana's Moonshot

ProPublica

Full-stack design/development, data/image processing Tech: Javascript/CSS, Ruby on Rails, Photoshop, ImageMagick, QGIS, Leaflet

Losing Ground

ProPublica

Interactive design/development, data processing, space journalism Tech: Javascript/CSS, Ruby on Rails / Postgres, Photoshop, GDAL/Commandline, QGIS/ArcGIS, Leaflet, D3

Datacollider

MIT SENSEable City Lab

Interactive design/development, data visualization, data processing Tech: Javascript/CSS, D3, Backbone, RequireJS, WebGL, Websockets, Web Workers, Grunt

Articles

How We Made Billions of Birds Migrate

“Billions of Birds Migrate” is a data-driven feature showing the journey of several species of migratory birds across the western hemisphere, through text, audio, photography, and animated maps. This article breaks down the design, development, and data processing needed for the project.

How We Made Cassini's Grand Tour

We wanted to visualize Cassini’s journey with 3D graphics as it made its many orbits around the Saturn system, with stops along the way corresponding to the locations where Cassini captured specific images. This article details how I acquired NASA data and the steps I took to make it the basis of a web-based, WebGL-via-three.js 3D graphics presentation.

How We Made A Vanishing Aquifer

In our digital feature, A Vanishing Aquifer, we take you through a massive underground water basin in the central US, known as the High Plains Aquifer, and show how it's changed. We do this using a series of responsive and dynamic maps and graphics. I'll walk you through the construction of the project.

How We Made Losing Ground

Harmonizing satellite imagery, historical maps, academic data sources, and more in one big, beautiful feature
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