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Industry representation in Congress

When an intern over the summer suggested that he could analyze Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Congressional district, we got excited about industry insights as a percentage of the workforce. In this interactive project, users can go through each of the top-level industry segments to see their geographic distribution and also which members of […]

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Reinvent Influence Website

Every proper conference needs a microsite, and FiscalNote’s first user conference is no different. Logos and layout were put together by our designer, but I did this WordPress theme basically from scratch, using the Underscores starter theme.

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Whipboard

Over the summer of 2016, I led six interns to produce a new data journalism blog focused on politics. We developed some great features and processes, but ultimately the project ended with the summer. A few of our highlights included: Research into state legislature Twitter networks Profiles of every state legislator running for Congress Round-up […]

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BillTicker

Inspired by websites like Marketwatch, I pitched a hackathon project that would bring the current status and projection of bills into news articles. The tool leveraged the FiscalNote API and inserted text into a paragraph giving the status; on mouseover more rich information would appear. The project nearly made it into production, but was abandoned […]

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Map: State legislature control

As an experiment in mapping, I found Census shape files for the upper and lower legislative boundaries in all 50 states and combined them into one U.S. map. Then, using FiscalNote data, I was able to plot the representative of each district according to their party. Several states had datasets that required some finesse. Most […]

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Daddies logo

Last spring I was nominated to be captain of my Congressional league softball team. Little did the team know I was just excited to work on the jersey. The majority of the team had some association with the Pew Charitable Trusts or the Pew Research Center. For years the team had been named “Pew’s Your […]

FiscalNote refresh

This week I started a new position at FiscalNote, a startup in DC. My first charge was devote some attention to the corporate website. FiscalNote is a tech startup, so all their developers are dedicated to their product. As such, their public face was a bit neglected. First and foremost it needed a fresh coat […]

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ONA15 Logo

This fall will be my third Online News Association conference as a website contractor. Going into the planning of this conference I offered to additionally design the conference logo. A good logo, I argued, needed to be adaptable – wide for a website header; square for social media and other displays. My creative process went […]

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DC Illini Newsletter

The skills I built as a journalist are always coming in handy. When the Illinois Alumni Association of Greater Washington D.C. (DC Illini) wanted to build a newsletter program, I volunteered my services for design. In the start of my career at the Morris Daily Herald, my position evolved to include responsibility for the design […]

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Highcharts presentation

At ONA 14 I gave a presentation on using Highcharts for non-developers and novice developers. In order to make the presentation a little more engaging I developed an online poll which plotted the results in real time. Getting attendees to take the poll prior to the session proved difficult, but it did provide a nice […]