I'm a designer at Iodine. We're working to make medications easier to understand and decisions about them easier to navigate. I'm also a member of the openFDA team, helping to make important public FDA datasets available through a modern, understandable, open-source API.

I'm doing a thesis in my program at University of Waterloo. It's about making medical evidence understandable through application of contemporary design and data visualization, for use by individuals in shared decision making.

You can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter as @twomonthsoff.


Notable work

Iodine Present
Product design lead.

openFDA Present
Design lead.

Google 2007-2012
Search, Public Data Explorer, Translated Search, Health Search, Suggest, SideWiki, Dashboard, internal tools, design training for engineering and product management.

Google.org 2008-2010
Flu Trends, Flu Vaccine Finder, climate information.

Marketcircle 2005-2007
Billings, Daylite, branding, instructional product design.

BlackBerry 2004
Keypad usability, internship.

Apple 2002-2003
Human interface guidelines, internship.


Mentors and collaborators

I am indebted to those from whom I've learned so much in my career so far, whose confidence, patience, and mentorship have helped me grow. Some of those people are named below.

Google.org

Google Flu Trends and health projects.

Too many people to list, but I'm especially indebted to the experience of working with such talented folks as Corrie Conrad, Jeremy Ginsberg, Jennifer Haroon, Matt Mohebbi, Joanne Peter, Greg Slovacek, Dan Vanderkam, and the redoubtable Roni Zeiger. Also Taha Kass-Hout.

Climate information projects.

Especially Amy Luers, Aaron Brown, Lacy Caruthers, Michal Cierniak, Donn Denman, the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town, the Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Google

Design training.

Special thanks is owed to my partner in crime, Carla Bromberg. Also Christopher Calo, KeeKim Heng, and Evan Jernagan.

Search and other Google projects.

Too many to list, again, but I'm especially grateful for support and mentorship from Irene Au, Other Hansson, Peter Jin Hong, Ario Jafarzadeh, Ola Rosling, Nadav Savio, and Margaret Stewart.

Marketcircle

Thanks to AJ, Michael Clark, Aly Daya, Ali Lalani, and Eric Hochmeister for taking me under their wings.

Apple

John Geleynse, Bodhi Gerfen, Lissy Abraham, technical publications editorial staff, and Mac OS human interface teams.

University of Waterloo

Independent studies.

I've been fortunate to have the continued support of this unique faculty, especially from Susan Gow. My advisors Anne Dagg, Mike Elmitt, and recently, Ted McGee helped me navigate unfamiliar territory.

Emily Carr University

John, Kelly, Phil, and Paul changed the way I look at the world.