At Medium I have had the distinct opportunity to work with a great team to elevate the art direction and design of the internal publications Backchannel, Bright, and The Development Set.
I get to revisit and collaborate with illustrators and photographers to create substantial and powerful imagery for each story.
Following are links to each story I art directed and designed.
Amazon’s Alexa & The Vaudeville of Things
Step right up! Amazon’s Alexa is a stupendous novelty act that can play thousands of songs, guess your weight, and conjure a pizza from thin air!
The Hills Are Dead — Without the Sound of Internet Access
A new report about Western Mass’s fiber fiasco sheds light on the national failure to provide high-speed digital access to rural America
Can a Dress Shirt Be Racist?
A startup finds that asking for certain data improves the fit of its clothes — and lands the company in a cultural minefield.
Congratulations, We’re Moving Your Department to Tennessee
As unicorn startups send customer service gigs to the hinterland, is Silicon Valley exporting its prosperity, or just dead-end jobs?
The Human Jigsaw
Augmented reality is letting surgeons cut out and replace body parts like puzzle pieces
The New Media is Made of Memes
After months watching Snapchat’s irresistible Discover stories, I am everything but informed
You Didn’t Notice It, But Google Fiber Just Began the Golden Age of High Speed Internet Access
Its “dark fiber” project in Huntsville creates a model that might finally thrust US Internet access into the 21st Century
War Stories: My Journey From Blindness to Building a Fully Conversational User Interface
Apps are a nightmare for the visually impaired. So when I started losing my sight, I decided to fix that.
When Comcast’s Business As Usual Turns Out to Limit Minority Access
What happens when a plutocrat’s “rational” decisions wind up affecting minority areas? Take a look at Hartford.
At Harvey Mudd College, the Ratio of Women in Computer Science Increased from 10% to 40% in 5 Years
Here’s how we did it.
I’ve Had a Cyberstalker Since I Was 12
After 14 years I finally reported him. In the eyes of the law, my biggest mistake was not fearing him more.
Lyft vs. Taxi Thunderdome
Drivers from opposite sides of the tracks duel over who’s less evil: the taxis or the ride-hailing companies?
The Hacking of Hollywood
In a town where everyone has been pwned, or soon will be, there’s no such thing as false paranoia. Which brings us to Oliver Stone and his upcoming Snowden biopic.
More stories can be found here
Art direction and design for Creators Connect broadsheet newsprint magazine.
A collaboration with Marlo Kronberg to art direct and design the first issue of Creators Connect and the new logo.
The magazine used actual wood type throughout the layouts.
Highline, The Huffington Post's newly-launched longform channel, reached out to me to work closely with their senior editors and development team to help craft their brand identity. This consisted of conceptualizing and art directing their front-end content, including working closely with Code&Theory on how the site would be executed across multiple platforms.
The initial process consisted of creating a brand identity that had to be elevated and inviting, yet not too full of itself. Our goal was to create a brand mark that showcased "big ideas within the Huffington Post realm."
I wanted to keep the correlation between HIGHLINE and Huffington Post unique, yet closely linked. Therefore a cube-like shape was imagined, one that evokes an idea of space. Included was their trademark "H," which is displayed as The Huffington Post's icon.
Once the design and development were in order, I reached out to photographer Maciek Jasik to capture imagery for our first longform story, which was on possibly the nation's fastest and youngest runner, Amaris Tyynissma. She faces the daily challenge of having Tourrette Syndrome, and it is through this constant battle with her body that she triggers a very unique talent--running at the speed of light. It helps her disconnect from the syndrome by means of a physical feat that leaves many onlookers with their jaws on the floor.
For a feature on Jill Abramson I created a collage portrait of Jill solely with a few copies of The New York Times newspaper.
Editorial design by Dirk Barnett
The Ampersand Series was created during the 2012 redesign of The New Republic under the creative direction of Dirk Barnett. Each issue, we would commission individual artists to create a unique ampersand.
We created the ampersand series to give the Books and the Arts section a special kicking off point by inviting artists—designers, musicians, sculptors, photographers and choreographers—to visually interpret a section of the magazine that is all about the arts.
Awards and recognition include:
Type Directors Club Communication Design Competition Certificate of Typographic Excellence, 2013/2014
Society of Publication Designers GOLD MEDAL:
The New Republic, February 11, 2013 / July 1, 2013 / October 7, 2013, “Ampersands”
Feature layout design for Judith Shulevitz's reporting on families with close ties to extremely traumatic episodes.
Photography by Maciek Jasik
Feature opener for Michael Hobbes' feature story in the 100-year issue of The New Republic.
Illustrations by Alvaro Dominguez
Cover design for The New Republic featuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Photograph by Maciek Jasik
Feature opener design for Jeffrey Rosen's Q+A with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Photograph by Maciek Jasik
Cover design for The New Republic magazine featuring reportage on why Amazon must be stopped.
Illustration by Alvaro Dominguez
Cover design and illustrative creation for The New Republic magazine.
Cover design for The New Republic featuring your favorite cast of characters. Notorious RBG, The First Lady, Ryan Gosling, and even our boy Jo Biden.
Illustration by Marco D'Alfonso
Feature design and illustrative creation for The New Republic. For the portrait of ex-apartheid South African minister, Adriaan Vlok, I used photographs of rallies during South Africa's apartheid era. Each bit and piece of oppression creates the discerning portrait of Vlok.
Package design for The New Republic's reportage of the US-Mexico border crisis.
Embroidery illustration by Lauren DiCioccio
Feature design and illustrative creation for The New Republic magazine.
The illustration was made through the process of creating layered stencils which evoked drone missiles, smoke, and the actual drone in flight to portray a skull within the negative space.
Spray painted stencil illustration for The New Republic.
Feature design and illustrative commission for The New Republic's reportage on Rahm Emmanuel.
Illustration by Ed Fairburn
Feature design and commission for The New Republic reporting by Michael Hobbes on the AIDS epidemic in the United States.
Illustration by Alvaro Dominguez
Feature design for The New Republic's reporting on Aaron Swartz.
Feature design for The New Republic's reporting by Walter Kirn on America's fascination with guns.
Illustration by Brock Davis
Roll Up Brooklyn is a co-op motorcycle garage in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The creation of the logo and brand identity was one that reflects the space of the garage, the heavy manufacturing industry around the shop, and the mechanical inspiration derived form the motorcycles stored within Roll Up Brooklyn.
Roll Up Brooklyn has had the opportunity to work with amazing sponsors and artists to continuously present to the neighborhood amazing artwork and a welcoming experience during the Buhwick Open Studios. This year's artwork and design for the poster is presented alongside an apparel design which I illustrated for the inaugural year of Roll Up.
This is an ongoing project which will be consistently updated to showcase design elements from Roll Up.
Apparel design screen printed by Mike Orhan.
Bushwick open studios poster illustrated by Lily Padula.
Speculative conceptual work for a all-natural and sustainable bodega based in San Francisco, California.
Branding, package design, photography, and illustrative work were created with the idea of having market items either packaged in a manner juxtaposing the package and the item. An example of this is a candle packaged with the more modern and sleek look of Marco Polo.
For Stephen King's novel review of 11/22/63 in WIRED magazine, I compiled imagery from John F. Kennedy's assassination to create a collage portrait of the author.
Imagery used consists of bullet casings, a mug shot, a presidential portrait, and a blood-stained dress shirt that was worn by JFK.
In 2011 I worked alongside the Cervelo team in designing and manufacturing a unique road bicycle that would be presented at the Wired Store in New York City.
The coordinates located on the bicycle's rims are those of major bicycle friendly cities.
Cover design for The New Republic's 100-Year anniversary issue.
Illustration by Kevin Wada
Design and photo illustration for The New Republic feature opener.