ARTICLES

ARTICLES

For the last two years, I was the head writer for a digital publication called BREAKGROUND. Here are some highlights.

TOWER CRANES

Tower cranes seemed like an interesting subject for a deep dive because they are universally recognized and impressive, yet hardly understood. I spent a few days working on the story in Seattle, which is undergoing a surge in commercial development and is noted for having more tower cranes than any other city in the United States. Beyond writing the article, I worked with the art team to shape the layout and conceptualize the graphical elements necessary to enhance the narrative.

SHRIMP BIOPLASTIC

As an area of constant experimentation and development, bioplastics made for an ideal innovation topic to cover. I sought out a biological engineer who developed a bioplastic while at the Wyss Institute that could be manufactured from the more than 250,000 tons of shrimp shells discarded annually. Now a faculty member at the University of Singapore, he agreed to give me an afternoon interview…his time, that day. On short notice, I soon found myself on a profound late night Skype call with a vociferous Catalonian genius on the future and ethics of plastic.

SEISMIC RETROFITTING

Mere weeks before the launch of BREAKGROUND, the art director and I were in Atlanta working on this cover story for the inaugural issue while simultaneously fine tuning every technical and aesthetic aspect of the magazine. As a result, this article ended up being more than just a collection of words, images, and videos about advancements in seismic retrofit technology, it became the archetype for all feature stories to come in terms of tone, style, scope, and production process.

For the last two years, I was the head writer for a digital publication called BREAKGROUND. Here are some highlights.

TOWER CRANES

Tower cranes seemed like an interesting subject for a deep dive because they are universally recognized and impressive, yet hardly understood. I spent a few days working on the story in Seattle, which is undergoing a surge in commercial development and is noted for having more tower cranes than any other city in the United States. Beyond writing the article, I worked with the art team to shape the layout and conceptualize the graphical elements necessary to enhance the narrative.

SHRIMP BIOPLASTIC

As an area of constant experimentation and development, bioplastics made for an ideal innovation topic to cover. I sought out a biological engineer who developed a bioplastic while at the Wyss Institute that could be manufactured from the more than 250,000 tons of shrimp shells discarded annually. Now a faculty member at the University of Singapore, he agreed to give me an afternoon interview…his time, that day. On short notice, I soon found myself on a profound late night Skype call with a vociferous Catalonian genius on the future and ethics of plastic.

SEISMIC RETROFITTING

Mere weeks before the launch of BREAKGROUND, the art director and I were in Atlanta working on this cover story for the inaugural issue while simultaneously fine tuning every technical and aesthetic aspect of the magazine. As a result, this article ended up being more than just a collection of words, images, and videos about advancements in seismic retrofit technology, it became the archetype for all feature stories to come in terms of tone, style, scope, and production process.