Logo Re-Design for Youth Leadership Development Academy

The Young Leaders Dialogue with America is sponsored by the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. It is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and provides strategic opportunities between emerging leaders from Central Europe and the Baltic States and their U.S. counterparts on issues of mutual concern.

The program connects young leaders from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia, with young leaders from across the United States to exchange ideas and information as it relates to three “dialogue” themes: New Challenges in Transatlantic Security, Climate Change and Environmental Issues, and Tolerance and Diversity.

Working closely with IIE staff and Program Officers at YLDA, a graphic solution was achieved and implemented as a way to quickly communicate the goals and ideals of the Academy. Different versions of the new logo are used throughout YLDA’s website, in print publications, and during conferences.

Young Leaders Dialogue with America Logo

Digital Asset Management Solution for IIE

The Institute of International Education is a large non-profit organization that administers over 200 programs serving more than 20,000 individuals each year. IIE provides a wide range of services to and manages or administers programs for many corporations, foundations, government partners, and international agencies.

In order to provide a safe, user friendly environment to upload and share photos, documents, and videos I was contracted to help implement a new system from the ground up. Working closely with our hosting partner, Widen, IIE Staff and I created IIE Media Port to reflect the Institute’s branding and mission.

In less than a year since its inception, IIE Media Port now holds more than three thousand digital assets with over 700 users worldwide.

IIE Media Port Interface Design

Rooftop350 Project

Check out video featuring a rooftop painting by Molly Dilworth made on the roof of ACORN High School at 561 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY in November 2010.

This piece was one of 24 global large-scale artworks organized by 350.org calling for climate change action before the December 2012 United Nation climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. This project uses infrared-reflective roof coating to help ameliorate the heat-island effect and to mark a physical presence in digital space.

The image represents the NYC harbor after a 7-meter rise in sea levels. The blue is the water as it is today, the brown is the land that would be left after such a rise and the white is the new water line.

Speak Easy Series Collaboration

Sean Dimin of Sea To Table and Christopher Nicolson of Iliamna Fish Co. with Cara Cannella from Speak Easy Series on Vimeo.

Speak Easy Series is a live series that intimately connects bold artists and entrepreneurs with local audiences. Curated by Brooklyn-based journalist Cara Cannella, Speak Easy seeks to inspire curiosity and explore creativity through provocative conversation.

I was excited to work with Cara to bring her conversations to life in a visually compelling way. Live conversations can quickly lose their luster when transferred to video on the web so I sought to avoid that unnecessary hang-up.

I lit the venue in a way that re-produces the intimate appeal of Veronica People’s Club, a great coffee shop/bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The audio was tricky. Since there was no PA at VPC, I had to make sure a system was in place that would work well for both the live audience and the web-viewing audience. The camera work was really the last piece of the puzzle. Working with my longtime friend and production partner, Anders Birch, I was able to incorporate some nice cutaways that added just the right amount of spice to make it a compelling watch on the web as well.

Cara and I collaborated on three separate events in the series. You can check out Speak Easy’s Vimeo Page to see the highlights.