hello, web surfer – welcome to my little oasis on the information superhighway. i like to make familiar things feel new and new things feel familiar. i used to design digital products for Uber and for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. now, i’m researching and writing about memetic warfare, preventing online radicalization, and cultivating compassionate communities (IRL and URL). you can catch me on Twitter, email, and Are.na.
In the past, gods and demons allowed us to talk about phenomena that we didn’t fully understand. During the Enlightenment, we tried to kill them and explain everything in reductionist scientific terms. But it feels to me like we’ve come full circle. We’re back to using oversimplified metaphors to wrap our minds around the uncontrollable complex systems we’re embedded in. Who are the “gods” of 2019, and what can they teach us?
There’s no real beginning or ending to Ribbonfarm. It’s an infinite middle. This is my own personal starter guide.
I know I’m not alone when I say that I can feel the gap between my world and my parents’ world widening. They barely know what memes and influencers are — and yet, our culture is being completely re-shaped by them. How do reality bubbles get created and distorted, and how might we begin to bridge the divides between them?
A volunteer signup site that scheduled ~30,000 shifts during the final weeks of the campaign.
UX research & product design
A web app that allows organizations to arrange transportation for customers and patients who don’t have smartphones.
UX research & product design lead
An app where supporters created and shared their own custom “Love Trumps Hate” videos.
UX research, copywriting, & product design
UX research, copywriting, & product design lead
A successful $31,000 Kickstarter campaign for an NFC necklace that makes it easy to store and retrieve digital vaccination data. As seen on NPR.
Copywriting & campaign management