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UNESCO Infographics

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These 6 infographics in 3 languages, were designed to support the social media campaign for a joint Policy Paper from the EFA Global Education Monitoring Report and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. As countries work towards universal primary and secondary education through the new Sustainable Development Goals, there remains a funding gap that threatens to slow progress.  The international community […]

Sound Health Explorer

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Working with Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, I partnered with NiJeL to design and develop the Sound Health Explorer, a tool to increase understanding of water quality conditions in Long Island Sound and to activate local and regional solutions to improve those conditions. This first iteration of the Sound Health […]

Visualizing Detroit’s Civic Tech Ecosystem

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Building off of my research for a civic tech column for Model D, I was asked by Garlin Gilchrist II, the City of Detroit’s Deputy of Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement from the office of the CIO, to document and visualize the civic tech ecosystem in Detroit. Together we presented on this work as guests of […]

MIT CoLab’s 2014 Annual Report

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The Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). CoLab supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth. In 2014 they asked for assistance in redesigning […]

MIT DUSP Explorer

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Working with NiJeL, I assisted with UX design for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s DUSP Explorer. This interactive set of 4 data visualizations mapped research collaborations among the faculty at the Department of Urban Studies + Planning. As NiJeL’s Information Designer, I helped the student and faculty led team at DUSP research additional design options […]

Civic Data Design Lab at MIT

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As part of a Fellowship with the Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I assisted  NiJeL with the update of the NSF funded City Digits project, combining administrative and business data with qualitative student-led research in an interactive learning tool.  This collaborative project among the Civic Data Design Lab, the Center […]

STEAM Robotics zine

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As a recent Schara Resident through the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art + Design, I was able to engage with Detroit students and teachers to integrate art and design into existing curriculum. Through the generosity of the Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residence Program, part of the Stamps’ Detroit Connections Program, I was able to […]

Navigating Early Childhood Education

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Throughout Detroit, there is a clear need among families for better information about how the education system works. This is particularly crucial among families with young children who are about to enter our city’s complex and highly segmented education system. Additionally, the research is clear that kids who go to pre-school are much more successful […]

Co.Open Mentorship

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As one of the founding members of Co.Open, a media making cooperative that provides experience and training to Detroit creatives, I provided project management support and mentoring on several projects in our initial year. As mentors we helped emerging designers build paid professional experience while ensuring quality work to our clients. In addition to keeping projects […]

#CivicTech Coverage for Model D

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In 2014, as a freelance writer I began covering civic and community technology for Model D, an online magazine telling the story about the people who are changing Detroit. Together the managing editor and I are working to develop a regular column that utilizes data journalism and infographics for storytelling. Articles to Date: The new […]

conCensus Prototype

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As a consultant for Data Driven Detroit (D3), I worked as the UI/UX designer for the conCensus project funded through the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund. This online data portal seeks to stitch together top-down administrative data with bottom-up community gathered data, allowing grassroots organizations to share their data and connect with a larger city narrative. Additionally […]

UIX: Survey Development & Network Analysis

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The Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX), an initiative funded by the Knight Foundation, showcases and advances Detroit’s growing social innovation movement. While I was at Data Driven Detroit (D3), which serves as the data partner for UIX, I acted as Project Manager of the UIX project. The project team created a survey to better understand innovators’ backgrounds, their projects, their […]

OneD Scorecard

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The purpose of this regional scorecard is to provide a comprehensive look at the status of the Detroit region through key indicators that align with the five priority areas of One D: Economic Prosperity, Educational Preparedness, Quality of Life, Social Equity and Regional Transit. While at Data Driven Detroit, I served as the Project Manager […]

Excellent Schools Detroit 2012 Scorecard

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While at Data Driven Detroit (D3), I designed the print version of the K12 Scorecard for Excellent Schools Detroit. The ESD Scorecard allows parents to assess school quality and compare Detroit kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools across a consistent set of indicators. I helped summarize essential information from the online version into an accessible print […]

D3 Infographics

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Data Driven Detroit (D3) has been working hard to communicate to stakeholders and potential partners throughout the region why data is essential for making informed decisions. Data can be an abstract concept. In order to make data more accessible, I designed these infograpics to help tell the D3 story. They are meant to be used as […]

Skillman 2012 State of the Detroit Child

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Citing the fragmented nature of Detroit data, The Skillman Foundation asked Data Driven Detroit to  compile a significant number of child-related indicators into one document, to provide a baseline. This report would be used to monitor and evaluate regional progress and also be updated on an annual basis. My Role: Project Management and Lead, Editor, […]

Skillman Neighborhood Demographic Profiles

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In an effort to impact the quality of life for Detroit children, the Skillman Foundation has developed and delivered strategic plans and investments in several Detroit neighborhoods. Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides technical support to many of the related activities and planning. While at D3, I worked with an intern to develop automated profiles to […]

D3 2011 Annual Report

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While at Data Driven Detroit (D3), I was intent on improving the design of our materials and publications. The 2011 D3 Annual Report marks one of the initial steps I took with the organization in this respect. This publication built off of our analysis work throughout 2011, but redesigining it so there was a more consistent […]

D3 Communications Management

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During my 3.5 years at Data Driven Detroit (D3), I assisted as both a Project Manger and as the Communications Manager. As the Communications Manager, my major role was to ensure that our publications and designed materials were of high quality and extended the D3 brand. While D3 culture promotes staff autonomy and freedom to […]

PowerHouse Map Collaboration

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Power House Productions (PHP) is an artist-run, neighborhood-based nonprofit who develops and implements creative neighborhood stabilization strategies to revitalize and inspire the community. They believe safer, sustainable and more creative neighborhoods will emerge through the long-term work of artists and designers in a community. While living down the street from PHP, I created the hand-drawn aerial […]

UNICEF: Anthropometric Nutrition Posters

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As a consultant for UNICEF Botswana I developed, designed and illustrated training materials for government health workers. The materials summarized technical anthropometric nutrition measurements including: Oedema, MUAC, Length/Height & Weight. Participatory design approaches were employed to develop a design specifically engaging to the target audience. I worked out of the Nutrition Unit in the Botswana […]

UNICEF: Child Labor Survey Results

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While interning with a social policy advisor at UNICEF Botswana in 2008, I spent the majority of my time analyzing data from the 2005/06 national child labor survey. A few years later that research was published in 2 separate publications. My Role: Assisted with the development of analysis framework and data analysis, Developed basic summary […]

MFA Thesis: Ethiopian Childbirth Manual

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Health Extension Workers are the foundation of Ethiopia’s new health decentralization program which aims to increase health coverage in the rural areas. These workers are based in areas where they are originally from; they are young and enthusiastic women and men trained in preventative care. In summer of 2007, I lead a team of researchers […]

GROCS Grant: Global Studio

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As project leader and interface designer for a $10,000 Grant Opportunities [Collaborative Spaces] (GROCS) grant, our team of five researchers designed an online application to assist health workers in health education material creation. This website “global studio: health network” is intended for health workers in low-resource environments; it provides educational scaffolding for the development of […]

GAA: Soil Conservation Billboard

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This project was created during my time as a consultant for the Bahir Dar branch of German Agro Action, a food security NGO working in Ethiopia. This 3m x 4m billboard details soil conservation tactics, including check dams, low-impact grazing and irrigation as well as soil securing vegetation and basic nutritional information. The intended audience […]

Other Health Material Design

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Research assistant, designer. Discrete Choice in Health Utilization. Ann Arbor. 2007. Designed and illustrated Dr. Margaret Kruk’s discrete choice survey, used to interview rural women in Tanzania about their decisions to seek professionally attended childbirth. Survey also implemented in Ethiopia. Intern, writer, designer & illustrator. Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, BoFED. 2003-2004. Illustrated and wrote participatory monitoring […]

Other Illustration & Design

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I started out as an illustrator. I enjoy working with pen and ink and paper whenever I have the chance. Included are a few extracurricular illustration and design projects. Captain & Designer. Hamtramck Hamsters. Detroit, MI. 2009-2012. Led the small but mighty Detroit City Futbol League’s Hamtramck team into friendly battle on a weekly basis. […]