HueMenorah

HueMenorah

HueMenorah is an interactive experience that envisions people as its source of light and life. I collaborated with Fish McGill on the concept, and it was featured in an exhibition entitled “8 Nights 8 Windows.” The exhibition was sponsored by the New Center for Arts and Culture.

Fish and I were interviewed in Jewish Boston. Articles about the exhibition and HueMenorah also appeared in Boston Magazine, the Jewish Advocate, WBUR’s the Artery, Metro Boston, the New Boston Post, and other outlets.

Faculty and Staff Directory Wireframes

Faculty and Staff Directory Wireframes

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is redesigning and re-implementing its flagship website, MassArt.edu. One of the components that the college is considering re-implementing is the web-based faculty and staff directory. I authored some wireframes to communicate to our design firm how we want the new directory to function.

Master of Design, Design Innovation

Master of Design, Design Innovation

In the fall of 2015 Massachusetts College of Art and Design launched a new master’s program: Master of Design in Design Innovation. I worked in conjunction with the faculty of the program and the Office of Marketing and Communications to design and fabricate a one-page brochureware site for the new program. Both desktop and mobile versions of the site were created, and they both adhere to the college’s brand standards.

Underscores theme diagrams

Underscores theme diagrams

These diagrams were developed for a class to describe the relationship between the theme files included in the WordPress starter theme underscores by Automattic. While WordPress has a well-documented theme hierarchy, underscores uses its own internal rules to decide which template files get invoked. As of this writing, these rules are not documented.

Gaining Perspective

Gaining Perspective

In the spring of 2015, a committee at MassArt lead by library director Paul Dobbs staged an exhibition, Gaining Perspective: A Visual History of MassArt, to reinvigorate pride in the college and illustrate the contributions of the MassArt community to the advancement of society. I created a one-page website for the exhibition.

Intermediate Web Design (CMP 3011)

Intermediate Web Design (CMP 3011)

In the spring of 2015, I taught Intermediate Web Design (CMP 3011) at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The semester focuses on building dynamic web applications using both client- and server-side technologies. Here are excerpts of documents from the course, including the overview and syllabus, plus a couple of photos of me teaching the class.

The 2014 Complete Holiday Fun Kit

The 2014 Complete Holiday Fun Kit

The 2014 Complete Holiday Fun Kit is my annual holiday letter to friends and family. I printed it through blurb.com as a pair of 480-page 6×9-inch books and then cut up the books into 20-page booklets. Edition of 48.

WebCheckout Redesign

WebCheckout Redesign

I attended a training at Emerson to learn how to use WebCheckout, a web-based equipment borrowing and reservation system. I didn’t like the interface and decided to redesign part of it during the training.

Jan Kubasiewicz Website Redesign

Jan Kubasiewicz Website Redesign

Jan Kubasiewicz, Professor of Graphic Design, wanted the design of his portfolio website to be expanded and revised with particular attention paid to the typography. The site consists of written texts and artworks, including extremely wide panoramic imagery. The site was originally designed by Matt Kaiser.

Introduction to Web Design (CMP 2035)

Introduction to Web Design (CMP 2035)

In the fall of 2014, I taught Introduction to Web Design (CMP 2035) at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The first half of the course focuses on the mechanics of building webpages, whereas the second half is devoted to the process and craft of building websites. Here are excerpts of documents from the course, including the overview and syllabus.

HelvetiCalendar

HelvetiCalendar

The Curatorial Programs at MassArt wanted a clean, attractive, and affordable calendar for the 2014-2015 academic year. A little while later, and voila! HelvetiCalendar. Dimensions: 36″ x 48″ (Staples engineer prints, $7.79).

Reading and Writing Machines

Reading and Writing Machines

Reading and Writing Machines: An Exploration of Existential Issues in Dynamic Media is my MFA thesis document. The 10×8-inch book was written and designed by me and printed by Paper Chase Press. The thesis is accompanied by a 5×5-inch supplement of post-bacc work, exhibitions, and miscellaneous print work from electives, as well as a mini guide summarizing the main points of my thesis.

Fresh Media 2014 Identity

Fresh Media 2014 Identity

I created a poster, a couple of postcards, and wall signage for the Fresh Media 2014 exhibition. The poster was a collaboration with Fish McGill and Qazi Fazli Azeem. The design is based on previous designs by John Howrey.

Frankentext

Frankentext

This interactive game presents a word or phrase and asks the viewer to decide whether it is a racehorse, rock band, adult film, or computer-generated text. While “real” content is culled from sources across the web, fake content is generated via a computational algorithm. The piece inquires whether we can tell the difference between what people write and what computers write. If we can’t, in what ways does this change our approach to written texts and how we respond to what we read?

View the source code on GitHub.

Friction

Friction

Friction is an experimental web-based publishing system that imagines both automated and human peer review of our social media channels. It is an attempt not only to get us to slow down and think before we speak (and publish) but to re-introduce value to and meaning in our online exchanges.

The 2013 Complete Holiday Fun Kit

The 2013 Complete Holiday Fun Kit

The 2013 Complete Holiday Fun Kit is my annual holiday letter to friends and family. I got it printed through newspaperclub.com on 11″ x 15″ tabloid newsprint.

Birthday card for Becky

Birthday card for Becky

This was a hand-made birthday card (with an assist from a Silhouette Cameo) that I made for Becky’s 21st birthday. Twenty-one white dots in the grid spell the numerals “21.”

Pleasure Cards

Pleasure Cards

My business pleasure cards.

Note: this was before the trend took off.

Dear Becky

Dear Becky

This book was a congratulatory letter that I wrote to Becky upon her graduating from MassArt. Every page is a single word. Becky loves hand-made books so I wrote her the letter in the form of a book. The book includes a companion slipcase made of vellum.

Happy Together

Happy Together

The title of the poem is a reference to the 1967 song of the same name by the band the Turtles. This is a dynamic poem that can generate different results each time it is run, depending on the appearance of both the CL posters and the ill-fated objects of their obsession.

View the source code on GitHub.

Juxtapositions

Juxtapositions

“Juxtapositions” is a prototype for a kinetic typography installation that addresses the issue of governing negative or self-destructive impulses on the web. The piece is prompted by a question posed in Clay Shirky’s “Here Comes Everybody”: What are we going to do about the negative effects of freedom [online]?

The project is conceived as a large-scale wall projection that juxtaposes the Internet bulletin board messages from members in the pro-anorexic community with bulletin board messages from those trying to overcome anorexia. I envision the piece having multiple movements with different pairings, for example, software pirates and open source software makers.

On a periodic basis the system trawls those chatrooms and websites and retrieves new content, constantly refreshing the projection.

While a prototype was partly coded using openFrameworks, SQLite, and Python, the attached video demonstrates the general concept.

Hand Papermaking

Hand Papermaking

In the winter of 2013 I took a workshop, Artists Books and Hand Papermaking, with Peter Madden and Michelle Samour at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Here is some of the paper that I made in Michelle’s class.

The 2012 Complete Holiday Fun Kit

The 2012 Complete Holiday Fun Kit

The 2012 Complete Holiday Fun Kit is my annual holiday letter to friends and family. I printed, cropped, and had help stapling 50+ copies of the 3.75″ x 3″ kits together. Twenty-four pages in length.

dmistudio.org

dmistudio.org

This is a student-run website for the Dynamic Media Institute graduate program at MassArt. Content is aggregated from a range of sources via RSS, including Google calendars, Google Groups, the college’s events and academic calendars, and Tumblr. It’s a dashboard of everything happening now(ish).

The site also contains a directory for current students and alumni to contact one another.

Rope Photograms

Rope Photograms

As part of a response to the Rope Assignment in Gunta Kaza’s class “Design as Experience,” I made photograms with my rope.

The Book of Becky

The Book of Becky

The Book of Becky was a birthday gift to Becky for her 21st birthday.

Netflix kiosk

Netflix kiosk

The Netflix kiosk was a custom-built search engine for the Godine library at MassArt. The library wanted to enable patrons to search for and view instant streaming movies but not have access to the account or billing information. Summer of 2012.

Pinhole Camera Experiments

Pinhole Camera Experiments

Pinhole camera photography is a small hobby of mine. Here is a collection of some photos I took in the summer of 2012.

What I love about this analog technology is the relief from exactitude and intentionality. The results are always surprising. The quality of the photos is usually excellent, and all of the subject matter is in focus.

Fresh Media 2012

Fresh Media 2012

Fresh Media 2012 was a group exhibition of dynamic media from April 13 – 20, 2012 at 225 Friend Street in downtown Boston. Sponsored by the Dynamic Media Institute.

Mid-semester Siesta

Mid-semester Siesta

A typographic piece expressing my exhaustion by the demands of weekly production during the pursuit of my post-bac in design.

Typeface: Knockout.

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