Footprints

DC landmarks, according to city planners

Stripped of their context, many DC landmarks are nearly unrecognizable. This collection pulls shapefiles of building footprints, forged from aerial photography by the DC Government in 2015.

Data courtesy of the Open Data DC.

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Your Uber is arriving

Visualizing 114 trips and 39 hours with Uber

My average Uber trip cost has almost doubled over the years, and I take almost three-quarters of all rides on the weekend. Click below to download the infographic and discover some other meaningless stats!

Uber data scraped courtesy of @ummjackson.

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Faster

Timelapses of skies, people, things, and more.

Earth traveled about 20 miles in the time it took this page to load. Some of these timelapses capture that movement through the passing stars. Others are not related at all.

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Ping Me

Visualizing 30,000 emails

I analyzed about two years' worth of emails from my professional life. The results are as meaningless as they are intriguing. Click here to download the infographic or click below to see more.

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My world according to Google

Visualizing a million coordinates from my Google device location history

I've owned an Android device for many years, and location history has always been activated. In 2015 I visited Google Takeout to download my locations over the past four years and visualize them using CartoDB. Click below to jump to the portfolio.

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f/2.8

Snapshots from my wide-angle lens

In 2014 I added a terrific Rokinon wide-angle lens and remote shutter to my otherwise meager DSLR setup. Click below to see some of the (mostly) starry night shots made possible by this addition.

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Understanding innovation in cities

Designing the World Bank's report on urban tech innovation

Victor, Hallie, and other rockstars from my team at the World Bank recently published an outstanding report about urban technology innovation ecosystems. I was the Creative Director for the document. Click below to check out the design (and the content).

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Digital Principles

Good methods for digital development

The Principles for Digital Development are an evolving set of ideas about good ways to incorporate technologies in international development projects. I shared these methods during a presentation at CitiSense, an annual partner event of the Smart City Expo hosted by the World Bank and ESADE business school.

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A flying bucket of sensors

Building open data through drones in Tanzania

As part of my work with the World Bank supporting open data in Tanzania, we've begun to experiment with low-cost, rapidly deployable UAVs to capture better and more reliable imagery of infrastructure and land. This has enormous implications for urban development, disaster and flood resilience, and service delivery in general. But in our search to realize this potential, it's easy to overlook the sheer beauty of the images being captured. Here are some of the more stunning photos, captured from above by Ebee drones in 2015.

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Typesetting citizen-driven innovation

Designing a guidebook for mayors

The World Bank and the European Network of Living Labs joined forces to create a guidebook for city administrators seeking more human-centered and creative strategies to boost innovation. They asked me to contribute to the team as its Creative Director, and you can check out the book at the link below.

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Visualizing National Park data

North Carolina is doing something right

Inspired by this incredible homage to the United States' national parks, this was a personal project that surfaced some curious—albeit entirely useless—insights: North Carolina brings in the most tourism dollars per square kilometer of park; all five most visited parks were founded before 1940, while all least visited parks were founded afterwards; and Hawaii and Florida have the most area of their land dedicated to national parks.

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