Hi. I'm Ryan.
I've spent my career in communications — specifically, the information communications business. Through information visualization, writing, editing and design, I find the important messages and express them in the best ways possible. Sometimes I reach this goal with a few carefully chosen words. More often, however, the effort involves distilling mountains of information into meaningful and enjoyable experiences. This makes repeat customers out of consumers of media.
Having a leadership role in a high-pressure, results-oriented newsroom presents a mountain of challenges. It's important to know when to collaborate, delegate and run solo. Success requires juggling the needs of multiple audiences on multiple platforms, and being a quick study doesn't hurt either. (All while on deadline, of course.)
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Every year the Chicago Tribune editorial board sends surveys to all candidates in Chicago-relevant races. This Tarbell app is fed the candidates' responses which it formats along with a comprehensive index of all candidates. As board endorsements roll in, the homepage will serve double duty as a voting guide.
This dashboard consumes data collected by the Chicago Tribune breaking news desk and presents it in a variety of ways using some pre-baked elements (NodeJS) and some client-side charting. The goal is to add context and understanding to the victims of Chicago's violence. A companion app (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/data/ct-shooting-victims-map-charts-htmlstory.html) uses identical templates but different data to look at victims of shootings (all shootings, not just fatal).
Tribune photographer Abel Uribe spent months taking portraits and interviews or DACA recipients, aka "dreamers." For a multimedia project of this scope and nuance, a simple photo gallery will not suffice. The goal here was simple and elegant, letting the people behind the various media shine.
I was tasked with designing and building the presentation for one of this year's showpiece offerings: an investigation on the way water and water rates are used to subjugate poor communities and communities of color in the Chicago region. Colleagues created the visual assets and I collected them into a content flow using ArchieML. A previous version of this rig was used in the Tribune's property-tax investigation.
Arguably the most important story the Tribune published in 2017 was an in-depth investagation into the corruption and inequality underlying Cook County's property-tax system. I designed the story rig as well as many of the charts and interactives contained therein. The content is delivered to the app via ArchieML. A subsequent version of this rig was used in the Tribune's water rates investigation.
This dashboard/tracker let sports fans watch as the Cubs fought to defend their historic world championship. Data was collected and updated nightly in collaboration with the sports staff.
The Tribune's intrepid food writers sampled each and every concession at both Chicago baseball stadiums. This app organizes their findings in an easy-to-sort and easy-to-filter format and even will help you find them at the ballpark.
This chart, produced as a component for the Tribune's "The Tax Divide" investigation, demonstrates how regressive residential property tax rates have become in Cook County. The whole project, for which I did the story design, can be seen here.
It was the end of an infuriating era for the Chicago Bears, and this visualization depicts each of the nearly 3,400 passes attempted by quarterback Jay Cutler as a Chicago Bear. A robust series of toggles and filters lets the user see Cutler's success by game situation and teammates.
This bit of original reporting tracked the recovery of highrise construction in Chicago using crane permits. It takes a simple dataset and presents it multiple ways while highlighting the various projects which got off the ground in 2016.
An analysis of school funding data showing that school districts in richer counties shoulder a larger share of public school costs than do districts in poorer counties.
The "blue island" in a red midwest was a theme we tackled in several ways following Donald Trump's presidential election. These charts try to shed light on what happened by exploring the red/blue midwestern divide via several demographics.
Using a d3- and Jinja-based scatterplot tool I built, this visualization charts the qualitative olympic success of an athlete against his or her future earnings potential (as an Olympian).
A visualization of all the bands to ever play Lollapalooza (updated for the 25th anniversary). Includes details for each band.
For a Chicago Tribune investigative project on wards of the state, illustrator Rick Tuma and I worked with the Watchdog team to produce several youth-oriented stories in graphic novel format. The main investigative pieces were critical, but a bit dry. Much of the human elements were lost in the editing process, so we collected them in these graphic essays.
For an investigative story on the rise of weedkiller-resistant weeds, I made code-based animations (with illustrator Rick Tuma) and graphics showing how weeds learn to resist.
A digital graphic novel produced with master illustrator Rick Tuma. It was the 100th anniversary of a major historical event and we wanted to illustrate the tragedy by highlighting the human toll. Rick handled the beautiful illustrations while I built the rig to display it.
This collarboration with a couple of the Chicago Tribune's resident historians covers the Windy City's rich history of class warfare. It's presented in a flexible timeline rig which I built for our Tarbell-based workflow and consumes data from a Google spreadsheet.