Creative Direction: Quanta Magazine

Direction & Design • Quanta Magazine • 2014-2022

2014: I joined Quanta Magazine, becoming the fifth team member and sole art staff: Visual Designer, Producer and Art Director. 2016: Designed a reskin of the website. 2017: Directed a full rebranding with Dog Studio & Barrel NYC.

Quanta Magazine

Art / creative direction, illustration, graphic & visual design, photo-editing & photography, animation, writing, production, basic code

Quanta (est. 2012) is a free, non-profit, online magazine covering news in basic science and mathematics.

As the publication's first official Art Director, from 2014 through 2021:

  • In close collaboration with the team, I developed and shepherded the publication’s visual identity and processes.
  • Conceptualized, researched, directed and sometimes created visuals (illustration, photography, animation, graphics, interactives, video) for hundreds of articles about fundamental science and math.
  • Introduced the use of interactive, real-time 3D illustrations & graphics.
  • Designed and directed all digital & print materials.
  • Hired and guided creative / production staff and freelancers.
  • Wrote / art-directed / produced an article about botanical species and DNA.
  • Contributed to a number of team achievements including a Webby and National Magazine Award for General Excellence. One of the final stories I art-directed and co-produced in 2021 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, to the staff of Quanta Magazine, notably Natalie Wolchover.

Artists looking to send portfolios / others requesting permission for visuals: as of late 2021, I'm no longer at Quanta. Please check here for contact info.

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A small selection out of hundreds of articles I art-directed from 2014-2022 → more on Pinterest

"What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?"

Richard P. Feynman

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