At the DC State Fair. Photo1 by Mark Seltzer for Knowledge Commons DC.

I’m a designer, developer, and design educator based in Washington, D.C. I teach in the graphic design program at American University, offering classes that integrate culture, code, and form. I’m interested in alternative, participatory education, and in using products of design—maps, images, interactive systems, and in-person events—to help us imagine landscapes past and future.

Creative practice and research

Design, maps, and web applications

I work on user experience design, web application and content management system development (mostly with Django/Python and Craft), cartography and data visualization, publications, and posters. Clients include environmentalists, journalists, and entrepreneurs. (Example projects.)

Experimental education

I help run Knowledge Commons DC, a free school that has offered more than 900 classes around D.C. in partnership with public library systems, arts organizations, museums, and local businesses. We’ve been covered by NPR, the Washington Post, and MSNBC.

Interpreting landscapes

I’m interested in how historic land use patterns and long-buried natural systems poke their way to the surface, shaping our cities today. I make maps and lead tours that examine landscape history and planning issues, particularly in the D.C. area. I’m staring to work on projects that aim to make sense of regional demographic patterns.


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  1. Photo by Mark Seltzer for Knowledge Commons DC (CC BY-NC 2.0) (original).