Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do?
I develop content for publication in multiple formats: print books, ebooks, magazines, blog posts, web content, in gallery interactives, and as exhibition labels.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The collaboration among the various departments at the museum. I adore bringing Curatorial, Digital, and Education together to look at our collection and develop a new language around our objects. The interdisciplinary work is challenging and so satisfying.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Figuring out how to anticipate, project, and publish for our various existing audiences while trying, at the same time, to expand our reach. There are many moving parts at this time—Cooper-Hewitt is on the precipice of revealing its new persona and there are so many pieces, ranging from our institutional goals and voice, to our font, palette, and physical space and that all need to be considered.
What was the most memorable moment for you at Cooper-Hewitt?
Finding some hidden treasure in our collection and in the library’s rare book collection to use as the basis for new book projects.
How has the renovation either opened new doors or posed new challenges for you?
Joining Cooper-Hewitt in October 2012 as a publisher working in the Digital and Emerging Media Department has provided me with the most extraordinary opportunity. I’m in the envious position of working with incredibly creative and talented minds to rebuild and remake our systems and our workflow.
Looking forward, what are you most excited about once the museum reopens?
Seeing how our new galleries, interactives, and publications can work to exponentially build new and wider audiences.
What is good design? Bad design?
Good design is a seamless and satisfying experience that interrupts and gives pause in the best of ways. Bad design interrupts leaving its user hanging.
What is the future of design?
That’s not for me to project. I’m enjoying being an apprentice absorbing all of the ideas and theories.