The first in a three-site framework, a+a is home to the research of Olin College's lab on technology and the body. The site experiments with the aesthetics and functionality of accessible websites, integrating with other projects by director Sara Hendren.
Most projects come to fruition over the course of a 2-6 month design and development process, however I also offer a one-day prototype session to rapidly explore new strategies and generate a single-page site.
I'd love to help you build your web skills, too — whether that means learning to work with a new content management system or pair-programming so you can vault over the stumbling blocks as you code your own site.
Pair-programmed with ethnographer Christina Xu, helping set up a site documenting research into China's creative culture. Answered questions and solved problems together as they arose.
As someone with light technical skills, I wanted a website I felt comfortable tweaking on my own after launch, but I was also working on a deadline and overwhelmed by the number of technical choices I needed to make.
Pair programming with Casey turned out to be exactly what I needed. He quickly identified the perfect CMS for me based on my needs and skill level, handled the annoying parts of setup and deployment, and suggested solutions for problems I didn’t even know how to articulate. I walked away with a website in record time, as well as enough familiarity to roll my own sites in the future.
Carving new space for a portfolio of personal projects, while integrating with (and sharing the architecture of) a companion site dedicated to collaborative research and teaching. With design by Jarrett Fuller.
Designed and developed the website for an independent art and technology school (where I also served as administrator). Built on tools common to the organization, it continues to be maintained collaboratively by's faculty, staff, and students.
What is so compelling about this pile of rocks that would inspire me to look at this picture so many times on any given day? (This is the "Monument to Finnish Sisu.")
Sisu is a word from the Finnish language that is “ekphrastically untranslatable*.”
It stands for a combination of resilience, determination, making a plan and sticking to it, and continuing on against the odds. Like "grit" or equanimity but — I love this part — with a “grimmer quality of stress management.”
* This means — I had to look this up — that there isn’t a word quite like sisu in the English language. (others: l’espirit d’escalier, o’jeitinho. I think there are many.)