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.

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This is the homepage for the interface. It is incidentally an aggregator of social media. Each row represents a day, and each dot represents a post.

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Here we are adding a new post. When attempting to post new content, the system will analyze the language of written text and attempt to identify problematic words or phrases, and propose safer replacements if needed.

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The system also provides a mechanism to request a peer to review and provide feedback on a potential post prior to its publication.

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Invite, import, or remove potential reviewers.

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An alternate view of the homepage with expanded and collapsed days. Hovering over a dot provides a preview of the content at that time. While not shown, content can also be also be sorted according to various criteria, such as the author, social media service, etc.

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.