Luke Seemann

I make media.

Since September 2014 I have been Chicago magazine’s managing editor for digital. Before that I was its digital designer and developer. These have been rad jobs. I get to make fun things, and I get to create tools that help my colleagues do their jobs faster and better.

In 2013 I helped shepherd the magazine’s first digital redesign in six years. It was grueling, but I’m extremely happy with the final product and how it showcases our quality journalism.

Read more about our goals and process and my own design principles in this Society of News Design interview.

Other Chicago projects I’m proud of:

I like big projects but I also sweat the small stuff, like fussing over smart quotes and seeing how many milliseconds I can shave off load times. Most of my best work goes unnoticed, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Some favorite tools: JavaScript. jQuery. Python. LESS. Git. D3JS. Sublime Text. Adobe CS. Google Analytics. Amazon Web Services. Any well-documented API, including Google Maps, MailChimp and Twitter. (PHP is a least-favorite tool but I’m capable with it anyhow.)

For more details about what I've done, a résumé is available.

I like side projects.

I learn by doing. Projects include Rouleur Derby, a game I created to teach myself Python, Django and D3. I wrote a Greek-type generator to see if I could enable AJAX from scratch. (I could.) Recently I created @whatschicago to learn about Twitter bots; The Atlantic noticed it and said nice things.

I’m on Twitter.

I use @bikesarefun for topics like Chicago, media, Web development and current affairs. I use @rouleurderby to talk about cycling and bike racing.

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