About David

I’m a veteran creative director, designer, and developer specializing in editorial design, UX, and responsive web design.

I work at ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. I became their first design director in May of 2014, and help lead a design practice that supports and extends our award-winning reporting.

I have been a Pulitzer finalist and the recipient of a Communication Award from the National Academies, as well as directed projects recognized by the Online News Association, the Society for News Design, PDN, American Photography, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. I’ve also been cited in several industry books, including Designing the Editorial Experience by Sue Apfelbaum and Juliette Cezzar, and Art Direction for the Web by Andy Clarke.

Previously I was an independent consultant working with the likes of Birchbox, Nomad Editions, Novartis, 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’ve also been a staff columnist for A List Apart magazine and a member of Readability’s board of advisors.

Oh, and it’s pronounced “slate.”

Here and Thereabouts

Highlights from other writing, appearances, and recognitions.


This site is built with Jekyll. Body text is set in Tablet Gothic by TypeTogether, and the Stuntbox wordmark is set in Deming EP by Mike Fortress. Icons are sourced from the Ionicons library. And yes, unless otherwise noted, I really did shoot all the photographs you see on this site. If you’d like to use one for something, drop me a line. No stealing, please. Life’s better when we all play fair.