I’m a product designer with a focus on information visualization, research, and leadership. I’m based in Brooklyn and at Pandora Radiospecifically, for Next Big Sound, a music analytics company acquired by Pandora in 2015. In my spare time, I research, design, and —lately, about and . I love to learn, ideate, plan, and ship. I have a soft spot for em dashes—really.
I love to write. Recently, I’ve written about and sharedboth pieces appeared on kottke.org, so I think that means I won the internet. some of . Recently, I wrote about sleeper-hit visualization guru .
As a product designer, I gravitate to classic user experience projects, such as brainstorming concepts, creating wireframes, and building prototypes. I love qualitative user research, design critiques, microcopy, sketching, and collaborating with our great teamfrom fellow designers to system admins, no one is safe. I’ve also been known to ship production HTML and CSS. Naturally, I take advantage of any opportunity to .
As a product manager, in the words of a teammateHi, Julien!, I own “the big projects that no one else wants to tackle.” I love the challenges of supportingservant leadership FTW the team, facilitating communication, and making the tough calls. I am a note-taking, gap-filling, troubleshooting cheerleader.
In 2014, I led the redesign of the most-used report on Next Big Sound, Profile Pages. Profiles present data-focused summaries for the +200,000 entities, like artists and authors, that we track. Its traffic represents over 50% of all unique pageviews on Next Big Sound. The redesign created a measurable increase in monthly active users and served a major role in making Next Big Sound “Wired’s 2015 Most Innovative Company in the Music Industry”.
I’m inspired by transforming impossibly huge and fantastically complex subjects, like global economics and urban planning, into impactful, human-scale projects.
I’m drawn to unpacking global challenges, like climate change and wealth inequality.
I’m driven to explore and share knowledge about information visualization and communication, such as translating elaborate data science for less-data-literate audiences, creating meaningful interactions with data, and making the most of mobile screens’ constraints.
It’s been a winding path to product design and visualization.
Back in collegeNorthwestern University, if you're curious, I studied History, of all things, the crucible in which my passion and talent for writing were both forged. After graduating, I went straight to design schoolCollege for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, to study, of all things, automotive design, where I practicedand practiced, and practiced, sketching and form rendering. After two years, I moved into physical product design, which helped me build my design-thinking skills and user-focused process.
My first job was at Procter & Gamble—my introduction to management. After two years, I began to practice as a freelance designer at firms large and smallthe Economist and SEED Media, among others. I relished the opportunities to learn new skills and improve my business acumen. One client became my current employer. At Next Big Sound, I’ve greatly increased my technical skills by working with and learning from an incredible team.