I’m a Creative Director passionate about the intersection of design, technology, and storytelling. I’ve had the honor to build and lead incredible teams and produce award-winning projects throughout a career spanning a multi-disciplinary range including journalism, tech, media, brand, and academia.
I have deep expertise in a number of areas including visual journalism, information design, motion graphics, 3D animation, augmented / virtual reality, UX, product, web design, research & development, and leading/building teams.
I have also had wonderful opportunities to share this work through an international speaking career that focuses on the craft of design and storytelling.
I joined Google in 2019 to lead digital design as part of the Google Brand Studio “Experiences” team, focused on solving brand challenges through digital innovation and creative strategy, with a special focus on Search data trends.
This work has spanned the gamut, including digital-first value campaigns, user-focused product redesigns, r&d, accessibility product design and research, and out-of-home experiences, while leading a multi-disciplinary team of UX and visual designers, creative technologists, and data strategists.
Before Google I focused on innovation in visual journalism as an editor at The New York Times, my most recent role being Director of Immersive Storytelling. In this capacity I focused on augmented and virtual reality projects as well as r&d into applications for 3D and real-time graphics approaches for the web.
My career at the Times tracked the rise and impact of digital platforms on how news is presented and disseminated, especially in terms of mobile. Our work explored how integrated media approaches, and the adoption of emerging technologies could enhance the report. Projects were wide ranging including Snowfall, a Pulitzer Prize winning early exploration of visually rich digital storytelling, motion-capture applications in the arts and sports, culture stories like “Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo Make a Hit, data visualization projects, 360 video, and camera-based graphics (AR).
In my role as Director of Immersive Storytelling, I co-directed editorial for the Times’ 360 video app, NYT VR, a collaboration with Google and Google Cardboard to introduce many to their first experience of virtual reality, while transporting users to engage with important stories around Antarctica, Pluto, Danakil, Fallujah, and others.
I led efforts across iOS and Android product teams to bring augmented reality (AR) storytelling to the core NYT news apps, publishing dozens of AR enabled articles that helped define the value proposition for this technology as a way to enhance a wide range of stories across the Times from breaking news, to sports, to culture and science.
I’m based in Berkeley, California with my partner Jessica, our son Roman, and bulldog Ralphie.