recent UX + design projects

Press Play

I partnered with the Daily Dot to research and produce a lightweight video product that was easily reproducible and that didn't interfere with the team's schedule.

I interviewed stakeholders, observed their production workflows, and researched what competitors were doing in terms of video. I also dove deep into research about how users come to and consume video, developing a series of use cases that helped inform the scope and design of my project.

I tested different iterations, working within the Daily Dot's constraints. I coordinated with various team members and graphic designers to produce a working video product, ultimately finding a format that fit.

You can read about my findings in more detail here.

Master's thesis, December 2015.
NYU Studio 20 digital journalism concentration led by Jay Rosen & Clay Shirkey.

SKILLS: lifecycle development, wireframing, user testing, research; video concept, script writing & editing
TECH: Canon T3i, Zoom audio recorder, Adobe Creative Suite


Agile Newsroom

Studio 20 partnered with social news licensing agency Storyful to find ways the company could adopt a more agile workflow. 

To do this, first we had to become black belts in agile: The term "agile" is borrowed from computer programming, where it refers to lightweight methods for developing new software through rapid prototyping, flexible requirements, frequent check-ins with the eventual users of the product and quick, adaptive (that is, agile) reactions to discoveries made en route.

I and one other student were selected to travel to Storyful's home base in Dublin, Ireland to personally interview and do user testing with team members, including Malachy BrowneAine Kerr and Mark Little. We also spoke with agile professionals like Yuri Victor of Vox Media and Brian Boyer of NPR. We compiled and presented our findings and suggestions to the company in December of 2014.

Semester project, NYU.

SKILLS: agile development, interviewing, user testing, competitor research
TECH: Google Hangouts, Trello, Slack


The Guardian US: Engaging Millennials

In the Spring of 2015, we partnered with The Guardian US on products and solutions to reaching the millennial population. I led a team in the conception, design and execution of a tool called Engage that would bridge the gap between Guardian content and the social mediasphere.

We surveyed nearly 100 millennials to get a feel for their priorities and their media consumption habits. We found that 87% of them used social media to get involved in social justice issues, and 60% used trending hashtags.

Millennials: The Social Generation

Millennials: The Social Generation

Based on that data, my team conceived and designed an on-page widget that allows Guardian readers to tweet responses to Comment is Free articles without leaving the site. By facilitating a seamless interaction between readers and social media, we aimed to bring Guardian content to Twitter, where the conversation is happening. We worked together with columnists to craft engaging questions and prompts related to the articles, and we worked alongside the Guardian tech and design teams to insure that the look and feel of the widget would be consistent with the publisher's brand, creating wireframes and design sketches in quick iterations.

A snapshot of how The Guardian: Engage works on one Comment is Free article.

A snapshot of how The Guardian: Engage works on one Comment is Free article.

For this project I managed the lifecycle development of the Guardian Engage product: we completed rounds of user testing, tracked the overall performance of the widget, noted the highlights as well as space for improvement, and eventually compiled a detailed report and presentation for Guardian stakeholders. 

Semester project, NYU.

SKILLS: product lifecycle development, user surveying & testing, research, wireframing, analytics
TECH: HTML, CSS, JavaScript; Slack; Adobe Creative Suite


Multimedia interactive: What is Home?

As part of an advanced multimedia production course with Josh Davis, Studio 20 set out to create an interactive webpage lush with multimedia elements that explored the question: What is home? 

For this project, I profiled Morgan O'Kane, a musician who lives in a lot of upcycled Airstream trailers deep in the heart of Brooklyn. For the site, we worked together to design the overall layout, look and design of the site, hard coding it ourselves. Check it out here.

Semester project, NYU.

TECH: Canon T3i, Zoom, Adobe Creative Suite; HTML, CSS, JavaScript
AWARDS: 
                 •  Award of Excellence, College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) 2015.
                 •  Finalist, 2016 SXSW Interactive Innovation Award, Student Innovation.


You're So Thoughtful: An experiment in p5.js 

I took a class in coding with p5.js, which is a JavaScript library that aims to make coding accessible for artists and designers. p5 mainly uses a drawing canvas, but its capabilities can also be expanded beyond that canvas.

You're So Thoughtful is a p5 experiment in which I attempted to put together a functioning app that would connect to Google Sheets and track roommates' contributions to their household. Check out my documentation here.

Semester project, NYU.

TECH: p5.js, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Google Sheets