What has always mattered to me: reading and understanding; exploring--the sacred joys of studying a difficult math problem, seeing works of art, learning about other cultures, being lost in a good novel, hearing an orchestra, running in the early morning, hearing and reading about new ideas from those who have insight and wisdom, learning about the natural world.
This can all be traced back to the woman who was like a mother to me...who was always enthusiastic about what was joyous...my work is dedicated to her; I miss her so.
I am a librarian, a researcher in the field of social informatics, a student of graphic design and interactive media, a database administrator and web designer, a creative writer, and a former student of history and English literature. I have studied at Otterbein College, the National University of Ireland (Galway), Drexel University, and currently studying at Philadelphia University.
I’m overjoyed you are here...we can talk about whatever you’d like...just drop me a line at alotofmath-at-gmail.com.
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In my research, I am interested in how technology and digital media can be used to create community and promote social justice. I take this interest to be part of the larger field of social informatics.
I have been inspired by the work of Lucy Suchman, Leslia Palen, Gerry Stahl, Bruno LaTour...I truly believe that integrating sociology and philosophy into the design of software applications, corporate and organizational communications, and visual design projects results in a level of thoughtfulness that leads to true innovations.
The influence of disaster management and crisis informatics research requires an approach that builds community before disaster. Project Site
I am a designer; the empahsis of my work so far has been on information design. All of my designs are based on a thoughtful exploration of context. For a creative piece, I think the inspirations and understanding of history, culture, and society deepens what is possible. For work done for an organization, the same approach is taken--an understanding of organizational culture and mission, searching for approximation of that truth, is part of the investment one makes when approaching a project. Even in projects done solely for fun, thoughtfulness makes the concept more vibrant, more memorable. Though just beginning, I want to design with intention.