I’m a graphics editor and cartographer.

A graphics editor is a reporter that nobody takes to lunch, but hey, Excel will always be there.

A cartographer is someone who enjoys the beautiful and the useful, but is also real good at the computer.

 

I believe in phone calls, density→, and knowing a lot about a little→.

 

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Awards
✧ ADC Gold Cube in Editorial Design, 2011: Businessweek 2010 Year in Review. Jennifer Daniel did 90% of that haphazard piece of wonderful crap but I sat next to her while she drew gross pictures and like 8 pages were mostly mine.
✧ 2x D&AD Yellow Pencils for Magazine and Newspaper Design, 2011 and 2012: 2010 Year in Review and the Steve Jobs obituary issue, respectively. Nothing I did for Steve Jobs got us this award but I was up all night and stuffed submission envelopes so that should count?
✧ Honorable Mention, Thematic Map: CaGIS Map Design Competition, 2014 (No cigar, but having National Geographic as a fellow runner-up eases the sting.)
✧ UW-Madison Petchenik Memorial Award in Cartographic Design, 2014.
✧ Winner, Cartographic Design: NACIS Student Map and Poster Competition, 2015.
✧ Winner, Map Poster: Wisconsin Land Information Association Poster Contest, 2016.


Career
National Geographic Magazine - Maps intern, 2015
• I have seen the summit. Research, production and design of daily web maps and some big honkin' pieces in the October and November 2015 issues.

Bloomberg Businessweek - Graphics editor, 2010 – present
• Editorial chart production for both front matter and features. Digging for data, making it cute, rinse, repeat.
• Whatever writing I can squeeze in. Some topics: cryptography, business advice, bitcoin tragedies.

Infographics Inc. - Presentation designer2010
• Litigation graphics for corporate civil law cases. "Hearing adjourned. This achingly beautiful PowerPoint says it all."

The Onion - Graphics intern, 2009
• Stock photo digging, raster work, helping with shoots, embarrassing prop purchase. Also made the "statshot" feature for a while, take a look. 
• I had to model for one of the stories but I will take that URL to the grave.

Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology - Chief designer, 2006 – 2009
• Their NSF grant covered some great outreach programs, but they only had enough left over for an 18-year-old designer. Not my problem!
• Big posters, logos, brochures, the whole collateral enchilada.

Institute for National Strategic Studies - Design intern, 2008
• Made a pile of national security graphics for the 2009 Global Strategic Assessment: America’s Security Role in a Changing World.
 

Education
B.A. in International Relations, University of California, Davis.
M.S. in Cartography & GIS, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
 

Skills
Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Excel, Google Refine, Bloomberg Professional, MAPublisher, ArcGIS, QGIS, ENVI, K4 version control, just enough Python, SQL and GDAL/OGR to get into trouble. Never met a database too assey to get what I need.
I also know how to write and pick up the phone. Which should be universal, but.


Addenda
I owe my career to Cynthia Hoffman, who forgot more than I'll ever know about how to get something across to a reader. I admire Toph Tucker for orthogonal thinking, Jennifer Daniel for lovable cruelty, Charlie Loyd for knowing almost everything but being nice about it, and Tanya Buckingham for improving every life she touches.

My favorite journal article is about scatterometry, my favorite map is of venus, my favorite chart could cover an infield, and my favorite book is about the organs of civilization.

I will always love these, I'm not sure what they're called:
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