I’m the Editorial Director at the CNN/Turner branded content team, Courageous Studio. Recently I was Director of Editorial Video at Mashable responsible for the
construction, vision and leadership of a team of smart, fun video
producers in New York and Los Angeles. Before joining
Mashable, I co-founded a digital creative agency called Morel. I was previously the Director of Multimedia at National
Geographic where I managed the video team for the digital
edition of the magazine, news video and developed multiple video series for the web.
I really just love design, video, coaching creative teams and making things with people, especially short films for the web, interactive experiences and digital multimedia content. Before National Geographic I was the Associate Creative Director at the innovative and experimental, but ultimately doomed, iPad news publication, The Daily. I thrive on collaborative mayhem, high fives, creative problem solving, strong coffee and long walks in the park with my sweet, social, pit-mix, Pepper. Thanks for visiting!
As the Director of Editorial Video, I was responsible for building and managing (nurturing) the team that makde all the editorial video published on the main site, Youtube channels, Facebook, and Snapchat Discover. We worked closely with the various editorial teams on news, docs, tech, comedy, puppies and whatever else we dreamt up. During my tenure we went from 1M to 100M video views in less than 8 months. Boom.
Morel designed the site and design system for this forward thinking, non-profit single-topic journalism endeavor about the criminal justice system in the US. We developed design solutions that visually paid homage to the time period of namesake Thurgood Marshall, but felt modern and updated. Named the “World’s Best Designed Website” by the prestigious Society for News Design (SND).
Morel designed a fresh, updated branding system and crafted a new website for the new ownership of this Boston digital training school that specializes in photo, video, design, 3D animation and code – skills building that is close to my heart!
I was responsible for three teams that made short form video as one cohesive unit. We made original short, documentary films for News, The Magazine and numerous special projects including animations, sponsored projects and over a dozen pilot series. Our team ran the video domain for national geographic as well as the heavliy trafficked Youtube Channel.
Nick Nichols and Nathan Williamson spent two years in the field with a battery of high tech image making gear. And the digital team came together to make one of my favorite all time projects. Jody Sugrue led the charge on the ux and design, and my team worked on the immersive video content. We even won a webby for best use of video.
At the end of 2013 a few of us cherry picked a handful of our favorite things created at NG that year. We crafted gorgeous new video teasers and built it into an interactive experience.
For this special magazine edition we developed a full multimedia experience for the iPad edition and the website. Incorporating video interviews of our photographers and an animated cover. Plus, we launched a 50-video series about the power of photography that appeared bi-weekly on our photo blog, Proof.
When Tim Samaras, the legendary self-taught scientist, engineer and tornado expert, was killed in the biggest storm ever recorded, we crafted a multimedia story to honor his lifes work. A short film was combined with an interactive video that captured the intersecting paths of Tim and the storm from multiple perspectives.
I was amongst the first wave of iPad content creators at this innovative and beautiful, but ultimately doomed, news publication. I was there from the beginning to launch it on the first generation iPads and helped steer the design team for two years.
A micro-team from The Daily created a single, beautiful iPad issue featuring the best in tech with a retro-modern feel. Featuring gorgeous illustrations and designs, original photography and interactive videos it was downloaded over a million times.
I partnered with Jody Sugrue and Tom Jackson to rethink the website and branding for this revered photography grantmaking foundation. Much of the structure and branding we created is still in place, but unfortunately they have changed up the overall designs.
I joined the graphics team during the 2008 and 2010 Olympics games to create dozens of interactive information graphics and multimedia coverage on daily deadline.
The Open Society Foundation commissioned me to illustrate and animate this short film about the Sex Workers rights in Africa – based on a documentary audio piece that features real voices.
I was born in the 70's and raised on the coolest block in
Chicago, Mohawk Street, between Armitage and Dickens. Home wasn't
just inside the building, but out on the street, laughing on the
stoops, drawing on the sidewalks, racing through the gangways and
exploring the alleys. In 2001, I named my personal studio after
my original stomping grounds.
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