03 10 / 2013
29 9 / 2013
25 9 / 2013
I caught up this morning on some reading I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. Here are my favorite reads this week:
- A tool to create embeddable static Google maps.
- This online color challenge is time-consuming, but it’s a fun way to see how well you see color.
- Color palettes are extremely complex. Learn more about what makes up a good color palette and how to choose them with algorithms.
- 50 free tools for web designers.
- The Nerd News Census: Take this survey so we can see how people are becoming developers in journalism.
- I downloaded Mou, which seems to be a pretty great markdown editor.
- Watch this video of the Hacks/Hackers Miami hangout where Kent Brewster discusses his experiences using publicly available data to observe a local police department’s activities and creating the Profiling Atherton website.
- TwXplorer is a smarter way to search Twitter.
- GitGutter for Sublime Text (which is the editor I use) shows which lines were changed since your last commit.
- Formbuilder is a graphical interface for letting users build their own webforms.
- NPR has been experimenting with making news apps using public data — and they ask readers to help. This is something I definitely want to try in the future.
- The creator of the interactive games at the Newseum talks with NPR on how to make serious topics fun.
18 9 / 2013
17 9 / 2013
David Granger, editor in chief at Esquire, has a way with words, but this month’s letter from the editor on their big 80th anniversary issue was especially beautiful. Esquire put together men ranging in age from 1-80 to share their successes and challenges. The project, titled Life of Man, was beautifully done.
I can’t find his letter to readers online, so I’ll share the paragraphs that I adore. He captures just how closely we get grow to the projects we work on.
"As I write this note, we’re just about finished putting the issue together and I’m feeling a little wistful. We — the entire staff, but most particularly senior editor Richard Dorment — have spent 14 months or so on The Life of Man and we’ve grown attached to it. Mark Mann took the first photo on Oct. 19, 2012, and the last on Aug. 8, 2013. Some of the accompanying stories have been in the works nearly as long. One for even longer. It took an epic organizational effort, and we hate to see it go. … But this issue of Esquire is why we’re here. It’s the kind of project a magazine staff lives to do. It’s why each of us went to work for a magazine: the opportunity to imagine something original, meaningful and hard, and then try to make it happen — not just to get it done but to end up with something that we are unabashedly proud to offer our readers.
15 9 / 2013
This weekend I made my freelance design work a somewhat legitimate business: I opened an Etsy shop. There isn’t much there now, but I’m working on a holiday card collection.
If you know of anyone who needs wedding invitations, save the dates, birth announcements, party invitations, graduation announcements, etc. please send them my way. You can check out more of my event design here.
07 9 / 2013
26 8 / 2013
It has been great talking with friends and family about the huge investigation I designed.
Here’s what has happened in the last week since we published:
- It has become the top priority for Florida lawmakers. The next session doesn’t start until March, but they have promised prompt action in drafting legislations for tougher sentencing.
- I wrote up a short post for the Society of News Design about how we were able to pull off our most ambitious project to date.
- Charles Apple also shared the project.
Thank you for all of our support & well wishes and for sharing the project with others. I’m very excited to see how lawmakers change the system.
21 8 / 2013
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve already seen that I’ve been incessantly promoting the Sun Sentinel’s latest project: Sex Predators Unleashed. This 8-month investigation unveiled how Florida was failing to keep the most dangerous rapists and molesters off the streets. The story was so important, but this project was also special to me because it was my first major digital news project.
It was a pleasure to work with the incredibly talented investigations team building the Sun Sentinel’s first fully-responsive, multimedia-packed storytelling page. For two months, this was my main priority, and during the last few weeks, it was all I did. It was challenging, frustrating and exciting.
The best part is that we are thrilled with the final product. I wanted to build something that used technology is a way that complemented the content, not overwhelmed it. We were successful in that goal, and I know everyone in the newsroom is excited to try more innovative digital projects in the future.
I’ve always said that this is an exciting time in journalism as we are reinventing how we deliver news — and ultimately make money. This project wasn’t revolutionary around the industry. Many other (larger) newsrooms have done similar projects. But for the Sun Sentinel, a mid-size newsroom with limited resources, this was a huge win. I am lucky to work in a newsroom that is willing to take chances, and is then ready to keep going when those chances pay off.
16 8 / 2013
I’ve written about the Sun Sentinel Magazine on my blog before. I’ve spent the last few months getting our newest product off the ground, working closely with the marketing and advertising departments, so I couldn’t be more excited to say that we’ve officially launched the iPad magazine. Check it out here or by searching Sun Sentinel Magazine in the Newsstand.
Managing this product has been such a learning experience, and I am so excited to see what we’ll be able to accomplish with such an innovative medium. Not only has this been a design challenge, but it has pushed me to increase my skills as a product manager, mainly by forcing me to brainstorm the product’s challenges from an advertising and marketing standpoint.
Our magazine depends on downloads, so please spread the word to your family & friends!
14 8 / 2013
Yes, I am still alive, and you can stop asking me why I haven’t blogged in forever (looking at you, dad). I’ve been busy working on a super awesome, super secret investigation project that comes out this Sunday.
Developing the website has been a lot of fun, and I’ve learned a ton of new things — I’ll blog more about that once it’s published. However, one of the hardest parts is developing for older browsers. Unfortunately, 15% of our readers still use Internet Explorer 8, and it’s been problematic to make sure they have a good user experience, too.
So here’s my plea before you look at my project (and anything else on the web) — update your browser. If you have no idea what that means, start here. Having a current browser will allow you to view multimedia the way it was intended, and it also has better security. Every website you visit will be better with an updated browser.
When choosing a browser, please avoid Internet Explorer. Just don’t do it. (But if you must, at least use IE10.) I’d recommend Google Chrome or Firefox. Whatever you use, make sure you have the most current version. Web developers everywhere thank you for your cooperation on our mission to bring you superb internet things!
05 8 / 2013