New York Los Angeles based creative with a decade of experience empowering teams in the biggest media companies at the intersection of product, design, and news.
After co-founding Vox.com, starting The Washington Post product team and rebuilding its technology from the ground up to create some of the most innovative journalism products ever built, I went to work at The New York Times to help the organization better understand emerging technology. I’ve won two SND President’s awards for design, my work has been named best of the year by Gannett and Editor & Publisher, and my open source software is used by thousands of organizations.
When I’m not cooking, I obsess over discovering better processes and creating happier, more inclusive workplaces.
Get rid of silos and toxic cultures to build cross functional teams that help each other. Organizational charts are design documents.
Sharing documentation communicates that you believe everyone has something to contribute and gives people the knowledge to do so.
Every person helping another person has a multiplier effect. Support allows us to focus on our strengths while improving each other.
Put collaboration, communication, culture, community, and context before processes, products and plans. Culture is a product.
Shipping is not an end but a beginning. The next steps are the most important, when we take the time to listen, learn, and improve.
Nothing happens without us. If we’re not healthy physically and mentally we can’t help each other. We burn out alone or we spark together.
“The difference is that Vox is open to experimentation, it demands rapid iteration, and it puts technology-shaping people on par with word-shaping people. The difference is that, in many traditional newsrooms, changing the UI on a page ... would have taken multiple meetings where the tech side’s knowledge would likely have been undervalued. It’s a corporate ethos and a permission structure that means good ideas don’t have to get bottled up. It’s being the kind of place that would build Chorus in the first place. That is Vox’s edge, and you can’t buy that off the shelf.” — Nieman Lab