I fell into visual design more or less by accident but have taken it as seriously as my writing, which is to say, as a means of vital and effective communication. I’ve also done a fair bit of user experience design and even built a content management system from scratch (see below) but, honestly, I’ve been trying since 1992 to get out of writing code: I prefer the communication to the platform.
- John Lawson’s explorations, 1700–1701 - Shows the approximate route of John Lawson, who explored the Carolinas in 1700–1701 and documented his travels in A New Voyage to Carolina (1709).
- Mapping industrialization: Railroads and factories - I created these maps as part of a unit on industrialization in North Carolina to show why factories were built where they were. The map showing the location of textile mills was used in an exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in 2011.
- A brief history of USDA nutritional advice - The USDA has made a big deal the last couple of years about its “healthy plate” model of good eating, which replaces the old food pyramid, which replaced the four food groups, which replaced… well… I thought a chart might help. Today’s post is a visual history of the USDA’s nutritional advice, showing how food … Continue reading "A brief history of USDA nutritional advice"
- What you could grow (and when) in 1800 - An HTML version of a chart designed by Thomas Jefferson, showing availability of produce at the Washington, D.C., market during the years he was President.
- A timeline of political parties in the United States - A poster-sized timeline showing the shifts in demographics, allegiances, and key issues from 1789 to 2010.
- Higher order thinking with Venn diagrams - Graphic organizers are powerful ways to help students understand complex ideas. By adapting and building on basic Venn diagrams, you can move beyond comparison and diagram classification systems that encourage students to recognize complex relationships.
- Craft and ornament in baking - Mapping recipes and styles of baking on a two-dimensional grid. The template can be applied to any set of items and pairs of descriptors.
- LearnPress Open-source content management system I designed for LEARN NC at UNC-Chapel Hill between 2005 and 2011. It powered, among other things, the North Carolina Digital History project. When I left in 2011, version 2.0 was in the final stage of development, but I never had a budget to complete the upgrade. This document gives an overview of LearnPress 2.0 as I left it in 2011.
- “Interactives” Various “interactive” activities for online courses, developed in jQuery.