am passionate about the visual communication of information—complex,
layered, multi-faceted information. Everyday, we are confronted
with situations that require us to decipher and make sense of data.
My goal is to facilitate this understanding by giving information
a more intuitive form, thereby revealing meaning.
approach information design from two different perspectives. The
first is to work with a set of data and ask myself what shape this
information wants to take. The second is to discover and reveal
existing shapes that provide evidence of underlying information.
Both approaches have value—one giving shape to meaning,
the other finding meaning in shape (alternatively: the
shape of information vs. the information of shape).
exhibit highlights a selection of pieces all completing the phrase
“The Shape of....” The scale of these topics range from
the global to the intimate, but each proposes a visual solution
for communicating a complex set of data.
like to think of this process as mapping—distilling information
down to its most essential and meaningful elements; sorting and
organizing until the patterns come to the surface; bringing clarity
and focus to what initially feels overwhelming; providing a layered
visual experience encompassing both the big picture and, at closer
examination, the smaller details.
believe that all information—from the seemingly mundane to
the exquisitely complex—can be communicated visually in such
a way that it becomes engaging, accessible, beautiful, and ultimately
MFA Graphic Design, Boston University, 2007