Working at Group Nine gave me an opportunity to directly design a few pages from leading sites like The Dodo and Seeker. The most actively used pages are the article pages on mobile, so it was quite a process to make sure everything was responsive and spick & span.
The Dodo and Seeker initially used the RebelMouse CMS; the merge into Group Nine (which included Thrillist) allowed us to migrate the two sites on to the Thrillist platform CMS.
When thinking about this small project, I tried to put together what I really appreciated about Yelp. The result from that brainstorm was that Yelp helps place small businessowners on the map. Also being in San Francisco, California there is a general attentiveness to the sourcing of food.
In terms of food-based eCommerce, grocery delivery has really boomed in the past couple years in which Yelp lacks. Mashing these two ideas together made me to wonder: what if Yelp supported locally sourced goods, such as produce? California is famous for its produce and local farms, why not show them off?
The Seeker product and analytics team required a set location to see all of the statistics coming through the pipeline, thus was birthed the dashboard. However, the initial design wasn't flexible--it couldn't scale with the constant additions and editions. I took it upon myself to work into some proper user experience and break down the long initial dashboard into digestible parts.
This allowed a simple section of navigation (rather than scrolling an impossibly long page of data and charts) and segmenting proper information into their respective pages. And as the data and additions grow, the dashboard can flex and reorganize properly for any user to view and easily digest the information.
I found a lot of help through a Medium post about the best ways to present data, and data tables.
Discovery Digital Networks (aka DDN, an owner of several content-creating networks under Discovery Communications) decided to merge three of their major websites together under one umbrella, the Seeker network. This merge consisted of TestTube, Discovery News, and the pre-existing Seeker. In the span of a short 7 months, Seeker was rebranded and the three networks were moved on to a single third-party CMS.
I was mainly in charge of putting together the content and category feed pages; I was fortunate enough to work with the talented Discovery Communications product design team, and experience the process that lead major design decisions for Discovery on a daily basis.
Created some illustrations for Seeker to be printed as stickers! They were sent to Seeker hosts and influencers with Instax cameras as thank-yous for collaborating with us via educational and inspiration videos. Stylistic inspirations came from Nick Slater.
I was mostly given artistic freedom, but we really wanted to emphasize Science, Adventure, and the curiosities of the world. I've mixed in travel, observation, hiking, space, etc.
I worked with the marketing team at Discovery Digital Networks to create a Mexico analysis infographic for TestTube, a technology infographic for Seeker and a series of endangered species infographics for Animalist. They were posted on various social media.
The two were used to promote Racing Extinction, a documentary that premiered on Discovery Channel.
Boredom during long months of post-college job searching lead me to experiment with screen printing. And through this experiment I created Hellvetica, a simple cheeky pun. Also ordered some stickers; I find it incredibly satisfying to be able to hold a physical product in your hand. Definitely a fun hobby!
A couple designs for DNews Merch. They're representing #tbt ("hashtag throwback to"), a joking reminder of what happened in the past. Because DNews is a science and tech web show, the Dodo bird and Pangaea were perfect examples of this hashtag.
You can purchase these shirts at ForHumanPeoples.com
As a design intern, I created type samples for the weekly New Fonts FontShop blog posts. I was able to play around with different fonts to really show off specific ligatures, stylistic letterforms, and practice kerning and leading for display.
I eventually went on to work on larger assignments near the end of my internship. I designed a quick postcard featuring upcoming TYPO Design Conference 2015, a motion graphic "slideshow" ad featuring NextFontShop, and a static digital ad for NextFontShop. These were shown at the Brand New Conference 2014 in Chicago.