Posts By: siteations

Infra-Ordinary Chicago is Published!

by siteations • 2019/04/22
Infra-Ordinary Chicago I love to explore new neighborhoods; my method is meandering. As part of my renewed commitment to drawing and Chicago, this winter I developed a small illustrated tour of the Windy City's streets... tracing out familiar details and forgotten histories in terra-cotta decor and gaps in the grid. While the original drawings will [...]

Bitspace Curriculum (Beta) is Live

by siteations • 2019/03/17
Bitspace Curriculum (Beta) is Live Illustrations & Web Design for Makerspace Startup This winter, I've been helping develop a curriculum platform at Bitspace, a makerspace startup, for use in k-12 maker education here in Chicago. My role, as illustrator and web designer, has been to a) give graphic form to abstract concepts and b) help [...]

Etsy & Spoonflower Shops are Live

by siteations • 2019/02/05
Niches & Neighborhoods Illustrated Goods Etsy & Spoonflower Shops Open for Business This past year, I've been inspired by Humboldtian, ecosystem illustrations for German kids. Those children's books - utterly beautiful, informative, engaging - have motivated me to draw more and embrace audiences outside of design. My wider illustration practice is on display at Etsy and [...]

Gardenworks Website up!

by siteations • 2018/12/29
The GardenWorks Project Website Design & Development The GardenWorks Project is a non-profit in West Chicago, focused on using allotment gardens to address food insecurity. I've done various branding for them during 2018 and redesigned/redeveloped their web site in November 2018. Good Enough to Eat The overall GardenWorks design relies on colorful vegetable content and [...]

Seasons Greetings!

by siteations • 2018/12/25
Seasons Greetings A Glimpse of InfraOrdinary Chicago It's that time of year... I've been digging back into Chicago and am using illustration (and visual research) as an excuse to visit/document the city's neighborhood. Hope you enjoy this visit to the vernacular and iconic elements of Chi-land. Have a great new year!   Explore Here (Chrome [...]

Disability History

by siteations • 2018/06/19
A Disability History of the United States   As a collaboration with students and educators at the Gann Academy, I developed two large timelines for Division, Unity, Hardship, and Progress: A Disability History of the United States at The Charles River Museum in Boston. What you see below are the final timeline versions, along with [...]

Gardenworks Project

by siteations • 2018/06/15
Design & Templating for the Gardenworks Project   As a spur off my interest in the allotment movement in Chicago, I'm pleased to note that I'll be doing some  design, and development work for The Gardenworks Project in West Chicago. As the relationship is just starting, the images below include minor mark-ups and graphic mock-ups [...]

O’Christmas Trees!

by siteations • 2017/12/25
Happy Holiday 2017: O'Christmas Trees   Another year, another holiday greeting. Lucky me; as others spend time on their annual update letter, I get to play around motion design, code packages, and, well, whatever else calls to me. So, after a few years of animations and gifs (etc.) this year pulls from internet archives! The [...]

Civic Scripting (tutorial)

by siteations • 2017/11/24
Civic Scripting Lesson API's & Animating with jQuery  For Andrea Hansen's course at UVa, I developed the following tutorial and demo, to explore svg animation with landscape students. As she taught mapboxGL and d3.js to architecture and design students, the idea was to enable them to make their own dom selection functions (atop jQuery) and [...]

Religious Life

by siteations • 2017/04/27
Religious Life, after Luther and Gutenberg Newberry Library Apps to Explore Material Culture & Geographies of Religious Print As part of on-going project for the Newberry Library, I'm developing two applications that explore the interaction of print culture and religious change. What you see above and below are some process materials (follow links for mock-ups). One exhibit application [...]