David Ramos email hello@imaginaryterrain.com Twitter @imagineterrain


Portfolio

I’m a designer, developer, and design educator. My practice encompasses user experience design, web application development, cartography and data visualization, publications, and posters. (C.V. in PDF format)

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Knowledge Commons DC

D.C. is defined by its extraordinary public spaces, and it is filled with people who bring a wealth of skill sets, expertise, and experiences. Knowledge Commons DC (KCDC) repurposes these resources, using spaces as diverse as public parks and Metro cars as classrooms, and encouraging anyone to teach or attend classes.

The organization has offered more than 550 classes in three years—its teachers have facilitated movement workshops in museums, discussed justice system issues in a moot courtroom, used balloons to take aerial photos in parks, and led bike tours of the city’s infrastructure. Classes have been covered by NPR, the Washington Post, and MSNBC.

KCDC uses technology to drive local, personal interactions; the school developed its own Django-based software platform for managing classes and enrollment. The organization analyzes student data to inform strategy and planning.

I help run the organization, teach classes, and lead the development and design group.

  • Django/Python development
  • HTML/CSS development
  • User experience design
  • Visual design
  • Design for mobile devices
  • Community organizing
  • Nonprofit management

More: knowledgecommonsdc.org 🔗

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Earth Journalism Network

Redesign of a networking and reference site for a community of journalists around the world; relaunch in progress. I developed an expandable organizational structure for the site, designed the interface, and produced the reference HTML/CSS for the software development team.

  • Information architecture
  • User experience design
  • Visual design

More: earthjournalism.net 🔗

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DC Historic Streams Maps

These interactive maps help people understand DC’s hydrographic past. The bright blue lines are the original streams that flowed through the city in the early/mid 19th century, before the construction of sewer and drainage systems.

For this ongoing project, I digitized 1857/1859 maps in a GIS, integrating spatial data with with historical texts. The online maps use a DCGIS/OSM basemap and a custom design. They are produced using TileMill and served from MapBox.

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  • GIS
  • Cartography
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Mapping DC's Distilleries and Breweries

An ongoing project to produce a map of DC's new alcohol producers, and to examine the ways in which modern craft economies are shaped by zoning and historical land use.

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  • Cartography
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Skolos-Wedell Lecture Poster

Poster for the Corcoran’s visiting designer lecture series, 24 × 36 in., spring 2013.

  • Poster design
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Alternate Routes

Poster, 28 × 40 in.

  • Poster design
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ThirdPole DataNet

An environmental and spatial data-sharing website for the Hindu Kush–Himalaya region. Soft launch in progress, with more features planned for later releases.

  • Information architecture
  • User experience design
  • Visual design

More: data.thethirdpole.net 🔗

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Rising seas: New York City floodplains in 2050

Rising sea levels bring increased risk to coastal communities. This map puts the threat in context, plotting FEMA’s predicted 100-year and 500-year floodplains for 2050 against New York City neighborhoods, buildings, and transportation infrastructure. (Data from FEMA and the City of New York.)

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  • Cartography
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Rock Creek Park Trails

There is no map that depicts all of the trails in Rock Creek Park. National Park Service maps are at a small scale, and online maps are incomplete.

This ongoing project aims to create a map of Rock Creek Park, D.C., that serves the needs of hikers. The map will bring together elevation/topography, forest cover, existing trail routes, and data acquired by walking the ground. (Data from USGS, DC GIS, and OpenStreetMap.)

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  • Cartography
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Department of Water and Power

Poster, 24 × 36 in.

  • Poster design
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Ground Truth

Book produced as documentation for thesis, Rhode Island School of Design, 2006.

  • Publication design
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Kowalli, LLC Website

  • Interaction design
  • ExpressionEngine CMS development
  • HTML/CSS development
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Savannah Blueprint

Photo series (cyanotype with text overlays)

  • Alternative-process photography