Researchers at Pew Research Center received data from a public records request on foreign graduates of U.S. higher educational institutions who worked or sought employment under the U.S. government’s Optional Practical Training (OPT) program after graduation.
Using various project management tools and techniques, I led this project over three months from initial idea to final product.
Through various brainstorm sessions, I worked with a team of researchers, designers and developers to identify the goal and target users of this data and product: release the data in a digestible and usable format for regional and national journalists and policy makers. From there, I led further discussions on the design and content of the product, which went through various iterations throughout the process.
To showcase the history of land rights in relation to the initial projects funded by the Tenure Facility, I worked with web developer consultants as well as internal and external stakeholders to develop a storytelling template. Its first implementation was for the history of Indigenous Peoples’ land rights in Indonesia. This involved:
Determining key audiences/users and their needs, as well as functionality and content requirements for the template. As we built the template, we also input information for the first use, the Indonesia timeline.
Gathering photos, writing and editing copy, and working with video producers to create videos for the timeline.
Managing the feedback and design ideation process between our consultants and our internal team.
Presenting the timeline to key stakeholders for review and approval.
In 2016, Rights and Resources Initiative’s website was steps behind in design and technical best practices, organized in a confusing way, and did not accurately portray the global Coalition’s current work, impact and reach. In order to effectively execute the website‘s visual and content refresh, I managed and followed a multi-step process, which included:
Examining the Google Analytics data from the website to determine key content areas and speaking with staff to identify the main concerns with the design and functionality of the existing site.
Using the gathered information to develop an infrastructure for the site and create a sitemap and early wireframes for key pages.
Auditing the content on the site to map out which pages needed to be edited, translated into French and/or Spanish, or created from scratch.
Developing a contract and plan with web developer consultants to execute the rebuild of the site.
Writing, editing and designing content for the site, including page text, new audience icons, and the home page header image. Conducting an image search to select photos for the various page headers that matched the RRI brand and mission.
Managing the review, editing and debugging of the site by liaising with the web development consultants as well as internal and external stakeholders.
The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Oxfam and the International Land Coalition formed the Land Rights Now Alliance, which has hundreds of indigenous, community and non-governmental organization partners, to work towards securing indigenous and local community lands globally.
In March 2016, the Alliance launched with a campaign that included a social media push. To support the launch, I identified key quotes, facts and photos from our promotional materials to highlight in social media graphics. Then, I created a template for future products and a complete social media package for the launch, which included eight graphics in three languages, as well as a gif. I also helped draft and edit social media language. I collaborated with representatives from each of the founding organizations for photo rights and content approvals. We shared the materials with members of the Alliance for widespread use.
In August 2016, the Alliance held a mobilization to encourage action on the ground and share stories from communities around the world. Using the same process as before, I designed four graphics to share in three languages, drafted and edited social media language, and helped organize a posting schedule to share with all member organizations.
PBS Arts is a content vertical for PBS’ national brand. In 2015, I audited the original PBS Arts website, reviewing over 80 program pages as the first steps towards refreshing the site. Then I created an action plan for the site content: to either retire, move or update the program pages. Afterward, I restructured the site and the various pages using a newer template available in the custom content management system.
To round off the refresh, I collaborated with the design team to create a new aesthetic for the PBS Arts brand, which resulted in new graphics for the site and other digital presences.
In addition to taking over the management of the site, I took ownership of the PBS Arts Twitter, where I helped grow monthly impressions by over 225 percent in a three month period.
To keep both the site and Twitter up-to-date, I created a schedule for regular updates and analytics monitoring, using tools like Hootsuite, Crowdtangle and Google Analytics.
True North Magazine, a magazine conceptualized by students in a joint design and writing course at UNC-Chapel Hill, focused on the emerging volunteer travel movement, or voluntourism. In the creation of the magazine, we strived to keep readers informed about trends in the movement.
As the iPad Director for the design class, I led the creation of both the print and iPad magazine, with the Editor-in-Chief and Art Director, over the course of four months. In order to turn our content into a unique digital experience, I taught myself techniques for interactive iPad design in Adobe InDesign and then worked with the other designers and the writers to build features. I also created a visual style guide and edited various versions of all the pages before preparing them for print and inclusion in the Apple App Store.