My long and winding career has spanned a number of artistic disciplines, but my most fruitful and long-lasting association has been as the Art Director of Scientific American. It is here that I was charged with bringing the longest running science magazine into the digital era, and developing its current modern style. I am currently Contributing Art Director to the magazine. During this journey, I’ve managed to be an adjunct professor at Polytechnic University of Brooklyn, a lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at California State University at Monterey. I wrote the award winning iPad book/app “Journey to the Exoplanets” (an interactive visual look at some of the many extra-solar planets in our galaxy). I’ve written, produced and narrated short videos for Scientific American Online.
Currently I’ve been producing short animations depicting scenes of the surface of various planets; a number of these animations were produced for the recent NOVA television show, including the documentaries Chasing Pluto, Pluto and Beyond, and Death Dive to Saturn which appeared on PBS.
I owe a great deal of my success to art director, illustrator, and author Jerome Snyder, who helped shape my sense of design and jump-started my career at Scientific American. And I will always be indebted to my college mentor, author and educator Toni Cade Bambara, who opened my eyes and mind to the wonder and power of words. Two brilliant people who helped make me, me.