There is no such thing as information overload. There is only bad design. -Edward Tufte
“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” -Melvin Kranzenberg
Hi, I’m Carl, and this is my digital sandbox on the web.
I’m a twenty-something interactive web developer, computational data designer, civic technologist, data journalist and digital educator. I believe democracy is at its strongest when we have an informed and engaged citizenry, and it is incumbent upon both the private sector and the public sector to ensure the information needs of communities are met in the twenty-first century in an independent and fact-fueled manner. That conviction is what led me to spend most of my career up until recently in newsrooms, working as an in-house innovator creating interactive-graphics and data-driven journalism for various news organizations. Today I run an information design, data storytelling and mobile UX development consultancy called cvl.digital, and dedicate the rest of my time to [research]( in digital humanities and human data-interaction, as well as serving as Executive Director for Open Savannah, a local civic-technology brigade of Code for America dedicated to using open linked data, service design and creative technology as modes for civic engagement.
I’ve taken on projects [as complex as scraping public data from government databases using Python and visualizing that data in d3.js, and as myriad as delivering workshops to veteran journalists on the use of social media as a reporting tool. I started out as a beat reporter at 19 at The Macon Telegraph, where I filed exactly 892 news stories during my time in college at Mercer University. My year overseas at Oxford University saw me rise to the top of the editorial staff of The Oxford Student, overseeing a digital redesign and penning numerous nationally-syndicated investigations.
After witnessing firsthand the hollowing out of metropolitan newsrooms starting in 2008, I decided that if I cared about journalism as a public good, the best way to contribute to its future posterity was not to continue writing 400-word news stories, but to write code.