Find Your Park Love Your Park (full page) • A project by Subaru we collaborated with DevSeed on building out a tileset that would support a mapping/contribute UI that students would be able to pledge stewardship towards a park they love. This incorporated a giant dataset of +70,000 parks which we compiled from multiple data sources, cleaned, and styled with CartoCSS to coordinate with the geojson features that were being applied for the markers.

Big Cats Initiative Prototype (full page) • A proof of concept for quick, lightweight, web maps for various initiatives throughout National Geographic’s brand. Built with CartoDB incorporating custom hover tooltips, using a custom projection on the web (in this case Robinson), and cartoCSS for styling.

Switzerland Prototype (full page) • Getting in the weeds to try and mimic print styles on the web with cartoCSS I took an original print map and brought in as many styles as possible that the renderer could comfortably handle. We didn’t end up using this model because of limitations i.e physical feature labeling, precise label placement, upload sizes in Mapbox, and tile boundary issues but regardless it was fun to play around with. The one below for instance is all adobe while this is staying strictly in cartocss

Travel Switzerland  (full page) • A This is the final version of the web map and UI/UX interface that we built for Nat Geo Travel. Built to replace a prior version that was heavy, took a long time to load, and the new needed to work on mobile. Our solution was a simpler interface, smaller images, a intro screen to hide loading, and a mobile solution incorporating static images as a replacement for the interactive. Collaboration on development/design was done with CY Park.

Web Map was built in Adobe Illustrator, exported as tiles with MapPublisher, translated into the local projection with gdal, gdal2tilespy, and then uploaded into Mapbox. Proof of concept for custom projections on the web. It didn’t work out perfectly but we’ve since perfected the workflow.

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Experimenting with CartoDB and CartoCSS – a work in progress on a odyssey.js story

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US Energy, 2015  • A look into how the US generate’s it’s power. Cartography inspired by the Washington Post, adapted for the web on Esri’s ArcGIS Online Platform.

prototypeNPS Story Map Prototype, 2015  • Modified a prototype using CSS/HTML to fit the branding of National Park Service. Not endorsed by the NPS Service, simply a playground with styles.

movesMapping Moves Data, 2015  • Moves is an app that allows you to track your activities. I’ve exported, classed out, and symbolized 256 days of data showing walking/biking and metro/cars/trains/airplanes. Basically a nature propelled lifestyle (green) to that of a machine driven world (blue). Check it out. Used Mapbox Studio for a custom spin on vectors and then rendered it using the Mapbox Cloud.

Rivers RebornRivers Reborn, Esri 2015  • The growth of dams was a historical and progressive movement. However, once the economic, recreational, and societal costs outweigh the benefits of continuing to upkeep a degrading dam, you get a shifting momentum of opinion to remove the dam for the benefit of all. This is a story based on a beautiful case study into this movement on the Elwha River in Washington. Development by Greg L’Azou, design and content by Jon Bowen and Allen Carroll

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 7.00.08 PMThe Death and Rebirth of the American Mall, Smithsonian 2014  • With the rise of online shopping, the once popular shopping mall is on a steady decline. Looking at the number of malls decreasing while understanding the economics of multi-use  infrastructure has some cities revitalizing malls and the spaces they occupy.


The Rise in Farmers’ Markets, 2014 • Created as an R&D project here in Rosslyn, we illustrate the growing trend in farmers’ markets throughout the United States. Highlighting both the geographic distribution of markets we also incorporate a driving and walking accessibility perspective that alludes to the question, How accessible are your communities markets? Published on Smithsonian.com, Medium, Esri. Created by Stephen Sylvia, Jon Bowen, Jim Herries, and Allen Carroll

Zoo BabiesZoo Babies, Smithsonian 2014 • Created for the Smithsonian Magazine, Zoo Babies takes a look at the most recent additions to the National Zoo here in DC. Toggling between where you can see the animal in the zoo and where it’s natural habitat range is, helps people understand it’s IUCN Red List Status. The original article can be seen here.

The Daily Commute

The Daily Commute, Esri 2014 • Using data from the American Census Survey we dive into how America gets to and from work by both means of transportation and time of commute. 

American Prairie Reserve

American Prairie Reserve, National Geographic 2013 • The American Prairie Reserve is a beautiful swath of privatelly owned but publically available land in Eastern Montana. I was able to collaborate with this amazing organization during my time at National Geographic. The result, a gorgeous destination travel map you can order for your next visit out West!

Brazil Beyond the Stadiums, Esri 2014 • Built on a new storytelling template we designed to foster place based storytelling. The story highlights all of the 2014 World Cup stadium locations throughout Brazil and the must-see places in and around the city. This was a cumulative effort by Rupert Essinger, Michael Horner, Stephen Sylvia, and myself. Our friends at Airbus hooked it up with the beautiful satellite imagery as well, thanks Jeff! You can view the whole story from Smithsonian Magazine here.

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One Year Later, a Look Back at Moore, Oklahoma, Esri 2014 • Moore, Oklahoma got hit by a huge F5 tornado on May 20th, 20113. After acquiring imagery from one year after the disaster and from just days following the twister we take a look at the rebuilding effort by the community. It’s a compelling narrative, partnered with amazing imagery built on our tabbed viewer storytelling template. 

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