Working for the City of Pittsburgh has provided me with unique opportunities to apply my artistic skills to projects that matter.
Skills: Photography, Curation, Installation, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop
Pictured above is a Mosites construction worker with his daughter at the opening of the bridge he worked on. At the event I wrapped up almost two years of documenting the project through photography and a construction time lapse by sharing these with the public. Throughout the bridge opening event I listened as workers excitedly told stories about the contents of the photographs, members of the public marveled at the complex process, and wide eyed children rattle off questions.
This meaningful engagement is something that artists and creators can spend their careers searching for and here I found it in the conversation between the government and the public.
This video to advertise The Bridge is Back event reached over twenty thousand views on social media in the weeks leading up to the event.
Skills: Production, Editing, Communication, Adobe Premiere
Video as a medium is quickly becoming necessary as a communication tool. Another time lapse of the City-County Building Christmas tree being cut down and transported to the building ran in a televised morning news segment after being shared on Twitter account. This content would not have been able to achieve the same engagement or reach had it not been presented in video form.
Numerous project presentations have given me the chance to learn the details of city projects and help communicate effectively with the community.
Graphic Design, Illustration, Presentation Design,
Illustration and Design are essential tools for communicating information about things that do not strictly speaking exist. In contrast to Photography and Video, which excel at documenting the world as it is, these processes allow for more freedom while also requiring more decision making in order to achieve the communication's goal.
While communication is becoming increasingly visual there is still an essential place for written work.
As an example I have rewritten a portion of the city website's DOMI about page:
The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure ( or DOMI ) is responsible for managing the operation of and access to the public right-of-way in the City of Pittsburgh.
Right of Way: City owned property on which the public has a legal right to travel. This includes all public streets as well as city steps.
Mobility: This term carries two definitions that are core to the goals of this department. The first is the ability to move freely and easily which encompasses all modes of transportation. The second is the ability to move between different levels in society or employment and one of the most important factors in financial mobility is access to transportation.
Infrastructure: In a city as geographically varied as Pittsburgh there exists a large variety of different structures and equipment that support the right-of-way. This includes City streets and bridges as well as traffic signals, retaining walls, public steps, and street signs.
Our mission is defined by our Pittsburgh Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities. To accomplish this DOMI is focused on direct improvements to transit safety as well as indirect, but impactful, changes to transit access, reliability, and adaptability. To ensure lasting change these improvements will be implemented through focused engagement with and empowerment of the residents of Pittsburgh.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Bachelors of Fine Arts Illustration
Fall 2010 - Spring 2014
Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure
Communication Design Intern
December 2017 to Present
City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works
Media and Archive Intern
February 2016 - December 2017
2015 - 2016
Outpost Production Co.
2014 - 2015
2012 - 2014
Seasonal Food Service and Retail
2007 - 2012