I’m a veteran designer, developer, and creative director, specializing in UX, responsive web design, and editorial design.
I work at ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom that produces journalism in the public interest. I became their first design director in May of 2014, and am building a design practice to support and extend their award-winning reporting.
Previously I was an independent consultant, working with the likes of Birchbox, Bond Art + Science, Juju, Nomad Editions, Novartis, Readability, Signpost, Thomson Reuters, and Qualcomm. Before that, I led the interactive design team at BusinessWeek, and helped build some of the first web-based textbooks at Pearson Education. I’m also a staff columnist for A List Apart magazine and a member of Readability’s Board of Advisors.
When I’m not pushing pixels or punching code, I can usually be found fiddling with cameras or exploring the wilds of New York (both urban and rural varieties). Oh, and it’s pronounced “slate.”
Here and Thereabouts
Highlights from some of my other writing and speaking.
- What Design Can Do for Investigative Journalism On the ProPublica podcast with assistant managing editor Scott Klein, talking about building better design practices for journalism.
- What Does a Design Director at ProPublica Do? Interview with Nieman Journalism Lab about the changing journalism landscape and what it means for design in the newsroom.
- The Future Rocked Full video of my re:build 2012 conference talk about the past, present, and future of publishing.
- What Ate the Periodical? A Primer for Web Geeks Survey article for A List Apart on publishing business models and possibilities.
- The Big Web Show with Jeffrey Zeldman, No. 66 Podcast interview on the intersection of publishing and tech, magazine apps, why piracy is an opportunity for publishers, and more.
- The Setup: An Interview with David Sleight A brief interview about my regular work tools.
- Stand and Deliver Some thoughts for A List Apart on preparing for project meetings and presenting well.