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Identity + web design for Listening Machines, a summit “to address the new era of consumer listening devices.” Listening Machines was held at the NY Times by the incomparable Kati London and Kate Crawford, and had a great writeup in The Atlantic.

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A really fun January job with 201 Created resulted in these quirky little stickers:



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Very proud that my User Experience of a Heartbreak project is continuing to find its way to people! The past month has been a blast. My most recent interaction with an admirer of the project was so touching:

And I was a little head-over-heels to see that Timothy Goodman liked the project. If you have seen his Forty Days of Dating project with collaborator & design giant Jessica Walsh, you’ll get absorbed in no time.

ux3.us was most recently featured in Beautiful Decay, Huffington Post, and The Metro (digital and print!). Thanks again to Katherine Brooks of HuffPo and Lakshmi Gandhi of The Metro for publishing the work.

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I also did [what I consider] a pretty tell-all interview with Ellen Huerta for her site Let’s Mend. I was a little reluctant at first, but Ellen is a total pro and made it such a great experience.  Special thanks to her as well for featuring the work and taking interest in the more human part of my story.

I’m excited to be working on a v2 of the site, which will include a lot more content, mobile support and additional menu features. More to come! Stay tuned.

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Meow Meow Tweet is your dream client, but I found them first. I’ve continued to collaborate with Tara & Jeff over these past few months, and it’s work I always look forward to. Cool updates view-able on their website, and soon coming to mine.

They’ve gotten a lot of great press lately, but just stumbled across this lovely process video and had to share. Awesome shot of some of the new labels in there as well!

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Meow Meow Tweet’s insect repellent is being featured on Cool Hunting today! By far one of my favorite labels I worked on with Tara & Jeff.

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My printing code instructor, Rune Madsen, showed some of my & my classmate’s work during Heroku’s WAZA conference last week. Avid tweeter @judytuna posted some grand photos of Rune presenting, and Rune posted his full slideshow hereBEOZOqYCcAEoDDz BEObAevCAAElt4K

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My Printing Code instructor, Rune Madsen, will be featuring 3 of my pieces at the WAZA conference this week. Excited to be featured at an event celebrating craft & code! Documentation to follow.


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Poster I designed for HGF‘s upcoming event in San Francisco. So exciting to see the ladies go bi-coastal! Special thanks to Jackie for putting this fun little project in my lap.


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Finally brushing the winter frost off my hard drive to post documentation of all the work I did in printing code last semester. Fantastic documentation/inspiration/information posted on my instructor’s website:  Rune Madsen dot com. Git of my project avail here.

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Final Printing Code project in collaboration with Alessandra Villaamil. Each image is generative and was created in Processing. The forms, placement of numbers inside shapes, and language type vary each time. The colors are selected on demand.

The concept of the project was to re-imagine the way NASA makes announcements for new discoveries & advancements. More specifically, we wanted to create a poster regarding the findings in the sediment on Mars, a discovery that turned out to be “blown out of proportion” according to the internet.


There are 22 languages programmed into the system, and 2 are selected at random each time the Processing sketch is run. We programmed this feature because we disliked a lot of the news coverage language that made the landing of the Mars ROVER sound only like an important accomplishment for the U.S., not the rest of the world as well.SEDIMENT - NASA (4)

The colors are taken from samples of NASA images of Mars & the Rover.

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Developing the images in Processing

The numbers inside shapes represent the date December 21, 2012: the end of the Mayan calendar. We knew the announcement would be made while we were working on the project, so we decided to pick this date as commentary on another historical monument misrepresented in media. Although the Mayan calendar does not contain dates past 12/21/12, its end does not represent the end of the world, but the restart of a new cycle on the calendar. SEDIMENT - NASA (9)

A few versions of the final images we printed.

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