The Powerful Combo of Video and Data

I think this is a fantastic example of how to make data and statistics mind-blowing by using video. I especially enjoyed how the author begins with bar charts to illustrate income inequality in the US; but concedes that bar charts don’t really drive the point home. Using a compelling script and clever animation, he turns … Continue reading

Spring Rowing

Last night I went rowing on Lake Union in the evening, and it was glorious! The water was flat, the sun was setting, and the air was cool and comfortable. It feels like spring in Seattle, which means another rowing season is beginning. This winter in Seattle was relatively mild. But anytime there is sun … Continue reading

April is Analogy Month

Analogies have been on my mind this week. It first came up in a discussion thread. I’ve been taking a Coursera course about leading innovation in an organization, and part of the MOOC learning experience is participation in weekly discussion forums. This particular forum topic was about making sense in groups. I responded to a … Continue reading

I Can’t Wait to Draw More!

This past month I’ve been working in a data analytics group at my current job — participating in discussions about data analysis and brainstorming ways to communicate analysis findings in a fun way. It’s “big data” in the sense that we’re mining large data sets for business intelligence insights. But my task is rooted in … Continue reading

An Inspiring Mix of Media for Storytelling

My friend and boss alerted me to the New York Time’s article, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.” My friend, a web designer, described it as “the coolest interactive feature that she’s ever seen,” and I agree with her. It’s an inspiring mix of media to tell a complete, compelling story. I don’t think … Continue reading

Shooting an iPad

Last week I had fun experimenting with a video shoot starring an iPad app. I was taking footage of hand gestures and program responses for a tutorial video that I’m currently working on. Initially, I was primarily using screen shots captured on an iPad 3 for the video (which looked amazing thanks to the retina … Continue reading

Sand and a Twitch in my Eyes

In early September, I wrote about enjoying my moment of being a new mom transitioning to new job. I’m happy to report that this is still true one month later, but I’ve been rubbing more-and-more sand out of my eyes since. Fun Days and Restless Nights My daughter seems to love her day care. When … Continue reading

New Blog About Brass Tacks

At my new position, I’m primarily focused on producing video content, and it’s made me acutely aware of my tendency to write flowery, detail-laden prose. When writing a script for a two-minute video, there isn’t a lot of time for tangents and dense speeches. It’s mainly about getting to the point and connecting with your … Continue reading

Enjoying the Moment

A few months ago I wrote about anticipating two big changes in my life: the arrival of my baby and a new professional direction. I’m happy to say that my daughter arrived healthy and happy. But the scope of the professional change was bigger than I anticipated — I landed an exciting new job as … Continue reading