A responsive website design concept for (the late great) Al Jazeera America. The site focuses on flexible editorial tools, aligning to Al Jazeera's "voice of the voiceless" brand aesthetic, and has a darker theatre mode for rich media.
A classic western-themed music video; art directed, edited, and musically composed by me.
Music: I participate in a Music Writing Day, with some fellow musician friends. The purpose of the day is to write and record 20 original songs in a single day. I've always loved Westerns and film scores, so this is my loving homage to that vibrant and turbulent genre. It took me roughly three hours make.
Video: I created a narrative arc around my film score, splicing classic Westerns scenes and characters together to showcase the land, town, hero, villain, love interest, battle, and the inevitable victory over "the bad guy."
Challenge: create an application focused on the core experience of a driver.
Team: 1 researcher/tester, 4 designers (remote engineering via client staff)
Client/Owner: TCL project team
Competition: we looked at embedded systems (Tesla, Mini), in-dash apps (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay), and mobile applications that were driving-focused (Waze, Google and Apple Maps).
Super app: the kinds of interactions users feel comfortable doing behind the wheel, while still being legal, are relatively small. We found that an application that had navigation, music, and communication options served nearly all of a users needs.
User safety: research shows that there is a wide variety of people who use driving assistance applications, but what unites them are safety concerns. That became the highest design pillar for our project.
Inspiration: with the application being Android only, borrowing from Material Design became an important resource for platform compliance and aesthetic qualities.
Personas: Our team developed personas in order to map user journeys for product flows.
Project workflow: our team worked in one weeks sprints, where we would define product requirements, design solutions, create a prototype, and test that prototype with users at the end of the week. That user data was then reviewed with the client and a new set of requirements would be generated.
Visual design: visual design started later than interaction design, which caused the teams to run in parallel through most of the project. Brand was not fully defined at project start so visual design got a lot of room to explore.
We created a application of that integrates all of the core qualities of a safe and successful driving experience: navigation, parking, music, and communication. The application's foundation is built on voice interaction, with an oversized and simplified UI as a fallback.
The client discontinued my companies involvement with the project early. They continued the project internally but I'm unsure if the application made it to market.
June 20 is International Refugee Day. AJ Plus and Al Jazeera’s Digital Design Team co-authored a 360º VR experience to tell six current day refugee stories.
The project challenge was that 360º content wasn’t available until days before the launch, so most of our time was spent designing a framework that could accomodate expected content but which was flexible enough to support unforseen content variables. The result is a fully responsive and media-rich profile piece concieved, designed, and launched in 10 days.
Al Jazeera was launching their new brand, AJ+, devoted to engaging viewers with easily digestible and relevant content anytime, anywhere. But that wasn’t all, they needed a flexible editorial tool that would also allow content to be modified to tell evolving stories at the lightning fast pace of news.
The AJ+ mobile application uses a modular card sequencing system, wherein each content type is represented by distinct card design, which is sequenced and reshuffled to tell the story. The app also breaks down the wall between editorial team and reader, allowing users to follow and connect directly with the AJ+ team.
As a species, we believe that we have control over what we think and how we experience the world; unfortunately, the science doesn’t support that. This presentation explores the space where logic and emotion meet, where the outer world becomes the interior mind, and where nature inspires human products and processes.
The Digitalist video presents vignettes of excellent customer experiences and sets the tone for Helsinki, Finland's 2016 Digitalist Conference. The goal of the video is to introduce and position Ixonos as a thought leader and trusted moderator for this conference – not an easy task for a small team and a single week. The variety of video content was extensive, needing a unifying visual and editing system to ease viewer comprehension and breath life into each story. The answer was simple: Brady Bunch grid! The modular grid system organizes each of vignette with Ixonos' brand guidelines as the vibrant visual backbone. The camera loosely floats between modules, allowing the viewer to sneak a peak at off-camera content while inside each module, a floating block system stylishly slides content about the screen. The video ends with a slow pan out shot revealing even more stories that Ixonos has yet to tell.
A change of editor, content, and future objectives fueled Juxtapoz magazines 2013 redesign to be friendlier and more engaging. I used urban retro art deco typefaces and graphics, a warmer and more playful color palette, full bleed images, and dynamic and adjustable layouts to give Juxtapoz a style that appeals to our hip, urban readership.
Collected album artwork and live show promotional pieces from my wacky, heavy, and somewhat confusing San Francisco rock band, Two Headed Spy. We had no illusions or intentions of "making it," so the work was always motivated by our own convoluted comedy.
A thought leadership summit including heavy-hitters like John Maeda and Yves Behar, discussing the crossroads of experience and technology, and held at the San Francisco Autodesk gallery inspired a design vision where dynamic angles and soft focus inspire and enliven attendees and followers.