I make media.
For several years I was Chicago magazine’s managing editor for digital. Before that I was its digital designer and developer. These were rad jobs. I got to make fun things, and I got to create tools that helped 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.
I’m also the creator of the popular and exciting fantasy cycling game Rouleur Derby, built in React on top of a Django back-end.
Some Chicago magazine projects I’m proud of, even though some typography and styles have changed in my absence:
- “A Few Charts That Show How Historic This Cubs Season Has Been”
- “So Far, So, So Good”
- “The Math Nerd’s Guide to the Chicago Cubs”
- 2015 fall culture preview
- “Heat Wave”
- “The Savvy Traveler’s Guide to Chicago Airports”
- 2015 mayoral election results
- Our first digital style guide
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.
I like side projects.
I learn by doing. Projects include Rouleur Derby, a game I created to teach myself Python, Django, React, and D3. Recently I created @whatschicago to learn about Twitter bots; The Atlantic noticed it and said nice things. Other Twitter bots include @ohcubs and @laatsterondebot.
I’m on Twitter.