Portfolio

Digital Projects

 

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Northern Lights | Star Tribune

This was a particularly huge news year for Minnesota, down to people who the state has lost. Watching people celebrate in the street when Prince died was surreal. Even I took a picture of his star on the wall of First Ave. Nine others with huge legacies are written about in this end-of-year piece. Read them all.


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Way down in the hole | Star Tribune

Solitary confinement is unregulated in several U.S. states. Minnesota prisons pile on solitary confinement, often for minor offenses, causing lasting mental problems for inmates. Other states are scaling back. In this project I produced the data graphics that display visually how the amount of time in prison vs. solitary. Here’s also a graphic idea that steps users through a prisoners journey in prison.


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TheSeam | Freelance

Darian Harvin is quickly becoming the next millennial voice in journalism. A contributor to The UnDefeated and a new addition to Buzzfeed, she’s a journalist and news curator who’s passionate about thinking and executing fresh ways to present news and culture to people — and bringing it to where they are, whether on a phone or in real life. Her personal site is a reflection of that. I was honored to have her as a client.


Fans burned by ticket scalping | Star Tribune

Concert goers have been wondering why it’s so difficult to find a concert ticket. A Star Tribune analysis shows how Minnesotans are being shut out of the hottest concerts in a “ticketing epidemic.” Read the full story with these responsive data cards placed throughout the article.


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Weather graphic edit | Star Tribune

Thinking through how I can clean up presentation of digital graphics. Here is a sample of an edit.


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Minnesota’s growing divide | Star Tribune

Urban and rural areas are splitting apart in ways that threaten the state’s ability to pool resources in pursuit of shared goals and a brighter future. This was news to me. It was also my first project for the Star Tribune. In this presentation, I designed it to allow users to find the story they liked by dividing the entry points and subject matter — a design device used to emphasize the concept of a vying sides and viewpoints.


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Breaking News Module | San Francisco Chronicle

News breaks fast. In a rigid CMS, it’s difficult to rearrange articles quickly. Also difficult is is giving a visually impactful presence to quickly developing breaking news stories. Aaron Williams and I came up with solution we called the “breaking news model,” powered by a django app that allows site producers to enter in headlines, links, and find an effective photo. Here’s a collection of module prototypes.


Last Men Standing | San Francisco Chronicle

The discovery of drugs to treat HIV and prevent AIDS in the mid-1990s altered the course of an epidemic almost overnight, revoking a death sentence for tens of thousands of people. But survival brought new challenges, and the survivors themselves largely have been forgotten. Reporter Erin Allday interviewed more than 50 men who have lived with HIV/AIDS for half of their lives, as well as doctors, activists, city officials and LGBT allies. Allday, along with photographers Erin Brethauer and Tim Hussin, spent 10 months focusing on eight survivors for this story. View the project


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Airbnb’s impact on S.F. (2015) | San Francisco Chronicle

An update form the 2014 Chronicle story, web data extraction firm Connotate Inc. created automated scripts to navigate and harvest information on San Francisco listings from the Airbnb website over the course of several hours on May 19. Data extraction firm Import.io likewise harvested data from the HomeAway and FlipKey sites on May 19. Data included hosts, properties, neighborhoods, rates and ratings. Connotate and Import.io removed duplicates and performed other quality assurance measures. Story highlights the top line info we found,including changes from last year, ongoing controversies in SF, why it matters. Anti-AIRBNB and Supervisors meeting June 10th.


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Top 100 Restaurants (2015) | San Francisco Chronicle

The 2015 Top 100 has since been replaced with the 2016, but I’ve saved several comps and have linked to the Angular.js function that I used to power the in-site search feature.

“Michael Bauer’s 20th annual list of the Top 100 Bay Area restaurants, was released on SFChronicle.com. It’s an amazing culmination of two decades of work by Michael. It also required tremendous efforts by editors, photo, design and the digital team, most notably the indefatigable Michael Grant. The great digital and print presentations are a fitting tribute to the quality of the work and to the importance of it to our community. (The printed magazine cover alone went through more than two dozen iterations!) Thank you to everyone who worked on this.”

Audrey Cooper | Editor-in-chief
San Francisco Chronicle


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A Changing Mission | San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle spent eight months in the heart of the Mission — 24th Street at Shotwell and Folsom — documenting the changes faced by those who call this neighborhood home. This ambitious web project is a collection of digital assets that come together to tell a very important story. Traditional design with a slight edge make it a successful method of reading for users. See an early version of project navigation here.


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Window into AirBNB | San Francisco Chronicle

As described in The Chronicle, “Web data extraction firm Connotate Inc. of New Brunswick, N.J., created automated scripts that harvested information on San Francisco listings from the Airbnb website over the course of several hours on May 19. Data included hosts, properties, neighborhoods, rates and ratings. Connotate then removed duplicates and performed other quality assurance measures. Connotate was not able to determine which listings were available for rent that night. Some may have been available; some may have been already rented via Airbnb and some may not have been offered at that time.” Written by Business reporter Carolyn Said.


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Richmond housing | CIR | San Francisco Chronicle | KQED

This story was produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit, independent newsroom in the Bay Area, in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED. The story was edited by Andrew Donohue and Mark Katches, and copy edited by Nikki Frick and Christine Lee.


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A decade of homelessness | San Francisco Chronicle

This story was produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit, independent newsroom in the Bay Area, in partnership with the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED. The story was edited by Andrew Donohue and Mark Katches, and copy edited by Nikki Frick and Christine Lee.


#NAPAQUAKE | San Francisco Chronicle

Great coverage deserves a little interactive. I was able to find stills of Napa buildings before the damage using Google Streetview, and place them atop the wonderful visuals our staff shot just after the disaster. The results help tell the degree of damage on select buildings.


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Banner Magazine | RipeSeed Media

A pet-project of mine, Banner (or HBCU Banner) will be a quarterly, all-digital magazine that explores issues in higher education at historically black colleges and universities. The content offered is a fresh approach to conversations being had around higher education and the often questioned “future of HBCUs,” delivered on the latest platforms and in the most elegant way achievable. Banner is tablet-focused but will also be produced in several formats including iBook, interactive PDF and ePub formats with print editions to come in the near future. You can view the prototype here.


The Urban Thinker | Freelance

Unpublished concepts for the soon-to-be-released (and first) African-American longform magazine.


Print Design

 

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