A bachelor humpback's song is rich with musical structure. I transcribed the notes and rhythms to create a graphic notation system—ie. whale sheet music.
I co-wrote an article with one of the world's experts on whale calls, David Rothenberg, using the graphic system to illustrate cultural evolution in our humpback lovers. We released an album of some of the best whale song recordings from the past 25 years (fold-out whale sheet music included).
Featured on German TV, UFA Show & Factual
Selected for presentation at Creative Tech Week
I design and manage product at Splice, which is like Github for musicians. We ship new features every week to help people make more music.
This is what an open-sourced song looks like:
Statlas is a baseball news app that sends fans graphic updates in real time as their home team's game unfolds. Game timelines show the top plays, with inline comments written by editors, fans, and algorithms.
I co-founded, designed, and launched Statlas with partners Dan Chaparian and Geoff Beck. The app is maintained now by Chris Ring.
Y-Combinator interviewee, 2014
We no longer maintain the annotations or real-time features, but we continue to document every MLB game, as a graphic archive of baseball.
130 pages of illustrated essays, poetry, and short fiction. All of the illustrations are collages cut from photos of the American Museum of Natural History's dioramas and mineral displays.
Featured in the Tate Modern bookstore, London.
I redesigned the Billboard charts for Pentagram's update of Billboard magazine. The design, which introduces new features to highlight weekly trends, went on to be adopted for Billboard's web versions of the charts.
Design team: Michael Bierut, Laitsz Ho, Lisa Maione, Deva Pardue and Jessica Svendsen.
ChartingTheBeatles.com is an ongoing study, using infographics to map musical patterns across the band's history.
Published in Newsweek,National Geographic Indonesia,Understanding the World(Taschen), Atlas of Knowledge(MIT Press), Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data-Driven Design,and others.
Posters available for purchase.
This mini-site puts energy consumption into perspective by putting abstract measurements—watts and kilowatt-hours—into layman's terms. The piece is now part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection.
Selected for AIGA's Design Archives
Exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art's "Talk to Me" exhibition
Awarded in AIGA 365: Design Effectiveness (2011)
Awarded in Type Directors Club TDC 57
Users can get a feel for their own energy consumption by clicking on the appliances they own. The site lets homeowners know when an upgrade to an energy-efficient Energy Star appliance will save money—and how long it will take for the savings to kick in.
I designed a reusable graphic system for charting soccer games. Umbro used it in their coverage of the World Cup in South Africa, illustrating each game as the tournament unfolded.
"The Best Visualization of the World Cup Matches" ~Fast Company
Record-setter for Umbro's most trafficked blog post
Published in Data Visualization: Convey, Clarify, Construct, and Data Visualization: A Successful Design Process.
I led the research and execution of a suite of graphic stories for a Businessweek special issue, explaining the ripple effects of the 2008 financial collapse. The designs map relationships between investment banks, the shifting landscape of global leadership, and other aspects of economic fallout.
Shout-outs to the amazing design team: Cynthia Hoffman, Rob Vargas, Allison McCann, Dorothy Gambrell, Evan Applegate, Chris Nosenzo, and Richard Turley + friends. Upper-right piece Cynthia; "eyes" piece: Allison; "icons" piece: Allison and Dorothy; lower map: Evan; photos: Bloomberg photo dept.