Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

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sep
05
2006

sndies

Two projects that I worked on last year were awarded a bronze in the 2006 SND.ies Best of New Media competition, sponsored by the Society for News Design.

aug
04
2006

mixed messages

We just launched Mixed Messages, a new database of political ads, on washingtonpost.com this afternoon.

jul
18
2006

following the conflict

This afternoon, we launched an interactive map/multimedia feature on washingtonpost.com that takes a different approach to telling the story of what’s going on right now in Israel and Lebanon. The map highlights the day’s flashpoints and summarizes key developments (with …

jun
12
2006

are you ready for some fĂștbol?

Most of my week last week was spent working on our new World Cup section, which launched on Wednesday. The section includes tons of reporting from the paper, short dispatches from Germany via a blog, audio updates from the reporters, …

apr
14
2006

faces of the fallen

Faces of the Fallen,” an ongoing feature at washingtonpost.com which lists all the soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, relaunched yesterday afternoon. It’s a sobering look at some of the war’s human toll — 2,574 U.S. soldiers killed …

apr
09
2006

bird flu on steroids

A new-and-improved version of the bird flu map went live this week at washingtonpost.com. The highlight of the redesigned page is the new map, which is much larger and allows users to zoom into individual continents. Country information — including …

mar
19
2006

in their own words

A multimedia piece I’ve been working on went live tonight, for the 3rd anniversary of the war in Iraq. “In Their Own Words” features personal accounts from Iraq veterans. I did the overall page design and built the module that …

feb
20
2006

edgies

washingtonpost.com was a winner in four categories in this year’s Digital Edge Awards, sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America. The winners were announced last night. Best Overall News SiteBest Entertainment SiteBest Automotive StrategyBest Employment Strategy post.com also was a …

feb
06
2006

budgeted

Another year, another federal budget proposal. I helped produce some breakdowns of the budget numbers for the site this morning: Spending by categoryThe federal deficitReceipts and outlaysBy government agency To learn more about how the process works, check out Budget …

jan
23
2006

new biz

For the past couple months, I’ve been working on a much-needed facelift for the Markets area of post.com’s Business section. Phase one of the redesign (the rest will be rolling out later this quarter) just went live at the end …

jan
04
2006

on the teevee

A project I worked on was made fun of on television tonight … and it totally made my week. Normally, I might take some offense to my work being mocked, but in this case, the television program in question was …

dec
19
2005

digital edge

washingtonpost.com is a finalist in six categories in the 2006 Digital Edge Awards, sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America: Best Overall News Site(w/ Boston.com, MySanAntonio.com and NYTimes.com) Best Entertainment Site(w/ Boston.com and metromix.com Best Design & Site Architecture (whee!)(w/ …

nov
23
2005

cambodian profiles

We just launched a new multimedia feature at work today called “Cambodian Profiles,” a student-produced documentary video project looking at the lives of Cambodians in Stockton, Calif., and Phnom Penh. The project is part of a program called “Digital TV …

nov
20
2005

sunday sunday sunday

This past week — Friday especially — was pretty busy at work: I had a part in the online components for three projects that ran in today’s paper: Falling Down: The Race to Reconstruction in Afghanistan - I helped put …

nov
08
2005

focus on bird flu

One of my recent projects went live yesterday: A Flash-based map of countries affected by bird flu (you can show/hide layers showing countries with bird cases and human cases, and avian migratory routes), with tables showing human cases and a …

oct
26
2005

before and after

Part of my job involves converting graphics from the paper for use on the Web. If a graphic “calls out” for interactivity — for example, it tells a compelling story, or, as designed, the graphic works in print but not …

sep
25
2005

guitarmania

One of my recent freelance projects just went live on Friday. Guitarmania is a public art project sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and Fender, featuring 10-foot-tall Stratocaster guitars that have been decorated by local artists and …

sep
17
2005

don't i know you from somewhere?

With the launch of the new Opinions section at washingtonpost.com, we also rolled out a new style for columnist sigs — the banners, thumbnails and assorted other-sized images used to promote columnists and bloggers whose work appears on the site. …

aug
18
2005

jazz journey

A multimedia project I’ve been working on for the past few months went live this morning. “A Life Lived in 4/4 Time” is a Web documentary about the life of local jazz musician Lennie Cuje by washingtonpost.com videographer Christina Pino-Marina. …

aug
15
2005

neighborhood map

One of my projects for this weekend was adapting for the Web a Washington Post graphic by Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso which shows, lot-by-lot, development plans for the area surrounding the new Washington Nationals baseball stadium. The detailed graphic, informed by …