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America as Glyph: Thomas Pynchon and the problem of Multiplying Cultural Contexts
An American Studies Project

This project was completed in pursuit of an MA in American Studies, a special division of the Unviersity of Virginia's English Department devoted to exploring technology as both a pedagogical tool and as a contemporary expression of American cutlure. The project traces Pynchon's debt to Hawthorne and Poe through the employment of the symbol of the glyph, or hieroglyph, a malleable figurative edifice which Pynchon will use to explore American self-alienation through a maniacal epistemological depency on text and textual vectors of signification.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ma99/piazza/pynchon


The Art of Persuasion: American Graphic Design Comes of Age
An American Studies Project

This project was completed in pursuit of an MA in American Studies, a special division of the University of Virginia's English Department devoted to exploring technology as both a pedagogical tool and as a contemporary expression of American cutlure. The project traces the development of American graphic design in the early part of the 20th century, showing a number of examples from poster art to magazine design. The argument of the project is that despite the heavy debt of American designers European modernism, America developed its own sense of graphic style that expanded and extended the formal vocabulary of graphics.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~1930s/PRINT/adweb/


Nativism, Socialism, and the Populist Demise
An American Studies Project

This project was completed in pursuit of an MA in American Studies, a special division of the Unviersity of Virginia's English Department devoted to exploring technology as both a pedagogical tool and as a contemporary expression of American cutlure. The project is a hypertextual extension to Allen Trachtenberg's The Incorporation of America. The goal of the project was to extrapolate one of the topics broached by the book, using both the visual and textual advantages of the web. This page resides on the American Studies web site, a resource used for research and curriculum development by teachers and students on the collegiate and secondary school levels.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/incorp/populism/intro.html



Waters of the City of Rome

Design for Advanced Humanities Computing

Led by architect Katherine Rinne, a fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, this project traces the 2000 year history of urban infrastructure in the city of Rome, providing dynamic cartographic data and graphic display tools, as well as text and image data. The project's historical focus but contemporary methodology required a serious yet modern look. I was recruited to complete the visual design phase of the project, while programming and data collection will continue over the next two years.

http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/waters



Communications and Publications Office Web Site
Interacting with a User Community

As a web designer working for the University of Virginia Library System's major public relations vehicle, I was charged with the redesign of a web site that needed to provide resources for a diverse group of users, including members of the local press corps and library staff. The library's Communications and Publications Office produces all print and electronic literature for the library system, contracts for specialized graphic design work, and provides consultation for internal office document and website production. The site needed to give easy access to a variety of data and information, as well as create efficient ways for clients to communicate with the office. I designed a site that was visually appealing and facilitated access to key information right from the front page, but which also invites the user to browse around. When the project is completed, I will also implement a CGI project-submission form that ties into a project management tool for use by the department staff.

http://www.lib.virginia.edu/puboff/test/newsite/frameset.html



Nascar: Marketing at 100 Miles Per Hour
Educating Graduate Business Students

As a multimedia developer for the Darden Business School's Instructional Technology Group, I worked with Professor Paul Farris to create a dual function pedagogical tool. On the one hand, it provided a front end for accessing on-demand MPEG video streamed over the Darden School's high-bandwidth ATM network. On the other hand, it provided a variety of media that supplemented case data for students to peruse after class. Using Macromedia's Flash, I created interactive charts and maps, as well as links to audio and video media that let students feel NASCAR. This was a key element to understanding MacDonald's decision to go nationwide with a regional marketing campaign. The project spoke volumes about considerations that simple facts and figures could never quite capture.

On CDROM.



New York Telephone
Using the Kiss Principle

Darden School Professor Jim Clawson had enough complicated software to navigate. In class, he wanted to access his digital video material for the New York Telephone case as simply as possible. And so I designed a front end that was easy to use and direct.

On CDROM.



Fortune Magazine
An American Studies Project

This project was also completed in pursuit of an MA in American Studies. Fortune magazine in the 1930s was the model for all business publications that came after, a marquee cultural organ that reflected all the best and worst in the American consciousness. The task for this web site was to present 30s era Fortune magazine covers in context, as symbols of an America struggling to right itself in the face of Depression.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~1930s/PROJECTS_99/fortune/intro.html



Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
An American Studies Project

This project is an exploration of the powerful documentary Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Journalist James Agee and Photographer Walker Evans travelled the backcountry of Alabama in search of the lives of tenant farmers in Depresssion-era America. What they found was often startling, sad, uplifting, and unnerving. This hypertext is one of a number of completed presentations of 1930s documentary on the Xroads American Studies web site.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~1930s/PROJECTS_99/document/famous/agee.html