I’m a cartographer and graphics editor.
A cartographer used to be someone with a head full of trig and a fine drafter’s hand, but it’s all computer stuff now. Nice!
A graphics editor is a a reporter who can tolerate arcane software.
Write me, I’ve
✧ ADC Gold Cube in Editorial Design, 2011: Businessweek 2010 Year in Review. Jennifer Daniel did 90% of that 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.
U.S. Forest Service - Geospatial Systems Specialist, Angeles National Forest, 2018
• Got to wear the Smokey Bear costume once, sometimes bumped a huge truck down awful dirt roads. Hit my occupational dose limit of ArcGIS.
• Thank your local wildland firefighter; they do vital, brutal labor so you can even have a forest/a house near a forest.
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 – today, occasionally
• Editorial chart production for both front matter and features. Digging for data, making it cute, rinse, repeat.
• Whatever writing I could squeeze in. Some topics: cryptography, business advice, bitcoin tragedies.
Infographics Inc. - Presentation designer, 2010
• Litigation graphics for corporate civil law cases. “Hearing adjourned. This 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 money left over to hire 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.
B.A. in International Relations, University of California, Davis.
M.S. in Cartography & GIS, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Thesis: Detection of peri-urban and agricultural expansion 1990-2015 in Pakse, Laos, using dense time stacks of Landsat imagery.
• Software: ArcGIS, QGIS, ENVI, MAPublisher, GDAL/OGR, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Refine, Bloomberg Professional, K4 version control.
• Code: basic scripting with shell and Python, SQL queries.
• Remote sensing party person, both optical and radar. I can get information out of Landsat, Sentinel-1 and -2, ASTER, MODIS and VIIRS.
• Fast, deadline-driven, good reporter and researcher, self-starter. I also know how to write and pick up the phone. Which should be universal, but.
• Cynthia Hoffman, who forgot more than I’ll ever know about how to get something across to a reader. I owe my career to her.
• Jennifer Daniel’s lovable cruelty.
• Tracy Ma’s rude designs and hilarious mien. She can also pirate a dress.
• Toph Tucker’s orthogonal thinking.
• Dorothy Gambrell, an obsidian knife of humor, who has a job but still does whatever the god damn hell she wants.
• Stephanie Davidson, an artist who can make you chuckle in absolutely any media.
• Annemarie Schneider, A1 scientist and educator, who taught me everything about remote sensing. Also the only reason I finished grad school.
• Daniel Huffman for being a singular talent who always says “you can do this too.” Anything I know about maps, I learned from him.
• Tanya Buckingham for improving every life she touches, mostly on her own time.
• Robin Tolochko’s empathetic hardassery.
• Charlie Loyd for knowing almost everything but being nice about it.
• Amanpreet Singh, who can teach herself anything and everything.
I will always love these, I’m not sure what they're called:
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