I’m a creative, visual storyteller who enjoys taking ideas from concept to prototype and into the real world.
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Here’s the thing, though: that mentality means that I am pretty terrible at honestly identifying and talking about myself and my strengths. I always have been. Sometimes you need to advocate for yourself, though, so I’m going to put on my self-confidence hat and get to it. Please bear with me for a moment.
Forget Jack. I’m an Evann-of-all-trades. I might not be the best at any one thing, but I can do most anything you need in the digital realm. I specialize in being a digital media generalist. Web development? Yup. Digital design? Sure. Photography and photo editing? Man, I took enough classes where that could have been my major. Videography and non-linear video editing? I can do it. Infographics, data visualization and interactive work? I’ve won awards for that stuff. Copywriting? I took a five-week class in it at the School of Visual Concepts and my instructor brought me in for an interview at her company. That company is called Starbucks, by the way. Necesita usted ayuda en español? Claro que sí… no puedo hablar con fluidez, pero le puedo ayudar. Project management? I de facto led the front-end visualization efforts for the 2014 midterm election coverage at NBC News in an Agile environment… sprints and stand-ups and all that jazz. It wasn’t my job, but I did it because it helped my team.
Speaking of teams, that’s where I actually excel. I delight in making other people’s days more full of joy. I love helping a teammate, whether it’s with a little jQuery tutorial or creative feedback, by taking part in a brainstorming session about something on their plate or even just by listening to them tell me about the problems that they’re dealing with in their life. I’m a glue guy. I’m the Sixth Man of the Year. You win with players like me on your team. I’m your mom’s favorite friend.
I am a thoughtful, insightful, self-aware professional with nearly a decade of experience at the intersection of online journalism and front-end web development and design. I have worked to produce interactive multimedia projects, create large-scale data visualizations and develop excellent user experiences for NBC News, TODAY and msnbc. For fun, I designed stickers and made a website to celebrate my love for pizza. I always try to keep pushing myself creatively because I feel like I’m never as good as I want to be. How do I do that? I do things like taking dance classes. I design album covers for local musical artists, buttons for causes in which I believe, hot sauce labels for my own wedding and t-shirts to celebrate the successes of my talented friends. I record and share my own raps with people I trust. Why? It’s all because I always want to get better at being the me who I want to be.
Ok, that’s enough. I’ll take off that silly hat now and let you take a look at some of the stuff I’ve done. Also, did I really say all of that? What a nerd.
TL;DR: I work with others to come up with great ideas and I learn what it takes to get a project done right.
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NBC News election coverage
Election coverage needs to be two things: accurate and fast. It also helps if the presentation is interesting. Since 2006, I’ve worked to provide up-to-the-minute national mid-term and Presidential election results in an engaging presentation to an audience of millions. View several of those project below.
Election results maps
Visualizing election results for Presidential, Congressional and gubernatorial races across the country with interactive maps.
Learn more about the maps
Voter Confidence Index
Helping users understand America’s confidence level in the President and his party over time.
Learn more about the VCI
Candidate + Issue Matrix
Informing our audience about the 2008 Presidential field through an interactive tool.
Learn more about the Matrix
I worked on a team of talented people who partnered journalism with development and design to make interesting, interactive projects. News. Health. Science. Sports. Business. Politics. Entertainment. We made stories engaging and immersive. We made news addictive.
Battle of the Bags
Paper or plastic? What’s the right choice? This project helps you learn more about the issue and how to make your decision.
Gulf Coast’s struggle back
Pairing a one-of-a-kind interface with a powerful photo series, we documented the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Before & after slideshow
A reusable editorial asset that allowed users to experience “before and after” photo sets through an interactive tool.
A portfolio that only includes work projects isn’t representative of who I am or what I’m about. Here are a few things I’ve done in my own time to let you know more about me. These aren’t all, though! I also try to flex my creative muscles by making videos, teaching spin classes and trying my hand out at design.
As an undergraduate I drew editorial cartoons on a weekly basis for The Daily Tar Heel, the student-run newspaper at the University of North Carolina.
View some of my cartoons
The Service Board
I served as a mentor in the Service Board’s program of social justice, service-based community stewardship and snowboarding instruction for three years.
Find out about tSB
K-pop boy band
What do you do if you’re a full-grown man who’s not a dancer and not Korean? You join forces with your friends to form a K-pop boy band, of course.
Check out the band
There’s no Twitter account, no hashtag, no ad revenue and no anchovies. The “Pizza Party!” brand lives solely to make people happy.
Dial “P” for pizza