I'm a faculty member and former Director of the Writing Program at UC Santa Barbara, where I teach courses in new media and digital composing and direct the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor.
Information design in print media; focus on grammatical and rhetorical expertise. Project-based course with a focus on understanding the intersections of writing and visual design. Major project is a brand style guide.
A course focused on analyzing and creating multimedia compositions. Projects in the Summer 2018 course approached data collection, analysis, and visualization from a variety of perspectives. The students did amazing work.
This is a project-based course in which students create a website or blog on a subject of their choice. They define topic and audience, learn key characteristics of effective web writing and design, and create a multimedia, interactive, engaging website or blog using WordPress.
In 10 weeks, students learn enough HTML and CSS to be able to modify a website template and make it their own. The website can be used for academic, professional, and personal work. We also cover strategies for designing sites that are responsive on different devices, accessible to a range of users, and rhetorically effective in conveying content.
My current project is a book that examines different genres of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 data visualizations in the mainstream media. Chapters cover data storytelling, simulations, dashboards, and explainers.
I'm interested in typography, text/image combinations, and text visualization.
I do workshops on designing effective slides.
Below are just a few of the very best resources that I use in my courses.
I've taken thousands of photos of Sophia during her 16-ish years on this earth and in my life. It turns out that from every angle she's perfect.