my CV

Read about the fascinating twists and turns of my professional career.

Teaching

I love my job.

Writing 105M: Multimedia Writing (Summer 2018)

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.

Writing 155A: Document Design and Production (Winter 2020)

Information design in print media; focus on grammatical and rhetorical expertise. Projects include flyers, brochures, resumes, and other graphics, with a focus on understanding the intersections of writing and visual design. Project-based course culminating in print portfolio.

Writing 155B: Digital Portfolio (Spring 2020)

Creation of digital work using software and coding. The major project is the design and production of a professional website, using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress, and other tools. Focus on developing effective design and communication skills within a digital environment.

INT 94WD: Writing and Designing for the Web (Fall 2020)

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.

INT 94VA: Responsive and Accessible Web Design Made (Sort of) Easy (Spring 2019)

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.

Projects

Had I but world enough and time.

Visualizing COVID-19

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.

Dear Data

This webtext, published in Kairos and co-written with my former student Austin Fauni, discusses a Dear Data project that I did in a Summer 2018 section of Writing 105M.

Text, Image, Data, Interaction

I wrote an article on how to understand information visualizations, with particular reference to Dollar Street. The article was published in Computers and Composition Volume 54, December 2019.

Text visualization

I'm interested in typography, text/image combinations, and text visualization.

Slide design

I do workshops on designing effective slides.

most fabulous resources

Below are just a few of the very best resources that I use in my courses.

good design

CSS Zen Garden: awesome CSS since 2003
Clean Up Your Mess: good advice for everyone
Top Ten Slide Design Tips, by Garr Reynolds

Photoshop alternatives

GIMP: free, open-source, desktop
Affinity: inexpensive, desktop, solid
Pixlr: free, online

typography

Ellen Lupton on “Letter” and “Text” in Thinking with Type
Practical Typography, Matthew Butterick
8 Typography Tips for Designers

free fonts

dafont
urban font
font squirrel
40+ excellent free fonts, by Smashing Magazine

font games

KernType: compare your kerns to a typographer’s solution
I Shot the Serif: awesome sound effects
Type Connection: “a typographic dating game”

misc free stuff

Unsplash: the best free, high-quality, copyright-friendly photos
GraphicBurger: vector graphics and other fabulous stuff

infographic inspiration

Nicholas Felton: the best
Dear Data: such a cool project
Information is Beautiful awards: a yearly best of infovis

color

Color Scheme Designer: color combinations for website design Adobe Color CC: kinda fabulous; check out the option to "Create from image"

misc fun tools

Tagxedo: make fabulous word clouds
DataBasic.io: intro level text analysis and visualizations
interactive mockup tool: amazing

beyond fabulous

Futuracha font: so fun
The Johnny Cash Project: by Aaron Koblin and Chris Milk, you'll love it
Bicycle Built for Two Thousand: also by Aaron Koblin, you can't not love it

my daughter

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.