Featured: Journey to Mars Infographic
As NASA announces plans to send astronauts to Mars in the mid-2030s, the Journey to Mars graphics are front and center! The featured infographic was used as a backdrop to the press briefing at Kenedy Space Center and on NASA TV in preparation for the first flight test of the Orion spacecraft. The infographic was also featured as NASA.gov's "Image of the Day" and Sesame Street's twitter feed :-)
last updated 12.2.2014
Featured: "NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery" iPad App
I have been fortunate to be a part of the team developing an iPad app to represent NASA Science. For the first release, the app features a mission from each of the four NASA directorates - Planetary Science, Earth Science, Astrophysics and Heliophysics. Below are screen shots of a side scrolling page for Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)/Curiosity, which was chosen to represent Planetary Science. Each mission has a uniquely designed, infographic style. The app was relased last year and is availabe for free download on iTunes.
last updated 11.11.2014
Featured: Berta Rojas - Promotional photo shoot
Thanks to classical guitarist and international sensation, Berta Rojas, I've had the privilege of working in the photography studio. The photos featured here were taken for promotional products. The image above is Ms. Rojas on the cover of a Japanese magazine, Gendai Guitar. The image below on the left was used for the Festival Mundial De Guitarrras in Paraguay. This festival was a who's who of women in classical guitar. The theme for this segment was the classical "diva" - which required a red dress, dramatic lighting and alluring pose. The photos on the right with the white background were used on bertarojas.com. Please check out her photo galleries to see more of my photography.
last updated 11.11.2014
Featured: SXSW 2013 Exhibit Graphics
SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive 2013 is fast approaching, and I will be there this year! I've created a whole new suite of exhibit graphics for the NASA both, which I will assist in staffing.
The exhibit will highlight NASA interactive meida, including serveral projects I was involved in designing. Including - the "NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery" iPad app, "Mysteries of the Sun" eBook, "The Electromagnetic Spectrum" eBook, the SpacePlace app, and hopefully the first "Astrobiology Graphic Novel - Issue 2" (if I can finish it in time).
last updated 11.11.2014
This is my second attempt at watercolor. I referenced a photograph I took on a farm in Amish Country, PA. Please also check out my first watercolor, "Jennifer," a portrait of a friend on her wedding day - thanks!
Drawing and painting has always been one of my favorite things to do. I would have loved to have majored in fine art in school, but it's difficult to make a living that way - unless you find a wealthy patron. Alas, nowadays I create art for fun, and to decorate my house :) Most of the paintings above are painted in oil or acrylic, with a couple mixed media pieces. The drawings are all pencil on Bristol paper. The question I get asked the most would be "How long does it take you to create one of these?" Well, that varies on size and medium. For a typical pencil drawing, I'd say about 16 hours. For an oil painting, about three months of working in my spare time.
last updated 11.11.2014
Sesame Street Characters 'On Board' As NASA Counts Down to Orion's Test Flight - Check it out
July 13, 2012
Check out our new iPad App - NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery at itunes.apple.com
May 10, 2012
A Day and a Half CD Release featuring classical guitarist, Berta Rojas, and Paquito D'Rivera (and my photography). Buy it on Amazon!
April 22, 2012
It's Earth Day, Check out my giant banner hanging in NASA HQ lobby
April 17, 2012
The space shuttle Discovery, mounted on the shuttle carrier aircraft, flew over Washington DC today. I took a short walk down to the national mall to view the fly-over. I wish I brought my good camera to work today!
March 1, 2012
Installation of the NuSTAR exhibit, a NASA mission to study black holes. Find out more about the NuSTAR mission!
January 19, 2012
My niece Juniper Belle was born today, isn't she an angle! She was 10 lbs!
January 2, 2012
Photo shoot for a new CD by Berta Rojas and Paquito D'Rivera
August 1, 2011
Juno Exhibit is installed at NASA Headquarters. This mission to Jupiter will launch on August 5th. Find out more about the Juno Mission!
July 11, 2011
What is that Poster in the background on VLOGBROTHERS? Why it's my astrobiology anniversary poster - way cool!
June 29, 2011
The Boy Scouts of America Introduces the Robotics Merit Badge - that I designed! A select number of patches will fly on the Space Shuttle Endeavor STS-134. Yes, my art will be in space - awesome!!!
June 1, 2011
Aquarius Exhibit was installed at NASA Headquarters today. This mission to study the Earth's oceans will launch on June 10th. Click here to find out more about Aquarius.
May 3-4, 2011
Promotional shot of Berta Rojas used for the Festival Mundial De Guitarras, Paraguay.
The Space Place, a NASA science website for kids of all ages, launches. Every page has its own illustrative theme.
Aprl 22, 2011
It's Earth Day! Check out my Earth Day exhibit in the lobby of NASA Headquarters. This exhibit features the Magic Planet projection globe and my illustration celebrating NASA's contributions to the study of our home planet.
November 28, 2011
The Astrobiology Graphic Novel (Issue 2), illustrated by Aaron Gronstal and laid out by moi, was featured on Oprah Winfrey's blog.
November 20, 2011
The Mysteries of the Sun DVD wins numerous awards for its animation content. A great job by the 3D animators on our contract!
November 1, 2011
The Mars Science Laboratory was installed today. The mission will launch on November 26th and a will arrive at Mars in August. I will be creating all of the promotional materials for this mission - yay! To find out more about MSL and the rover Curiosity, click here.
The photography from my promotional shoot with Berta Rojas is now gracing the cover of Japan's Gendai Guitar Magazine and the front page of bertarojas.com.
Promotional Shoot for classical guitarist Berta Rojas
February 1, 2010
The Solar Dynamics Observatory was installed at NASA Headquarters. This mission to study our Sun will launch on February 11th. To find out more about SDO and view its stunning imagery, click here.
November 23, 2009
My NASA Science touch screen served as the backdrop to President Obama speaks as he announced the Administrations new Education to Innovate campaign. - I'm famous ;-) This touch screen was also recently translated into French and is currently on display at the Paris Museum of Natural History.
September 9, 2009
The CD Terruno by classical guitarist Berta Rojas was released - featuring my photography.
April 14, 2009
I received the Exceptional Public Service Medal from NASA.
I have been supporting the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters for the past ten years. As a Multimedia Producer, I am able to tackle all sorts of design jobs, from websites to print and exhibits. Please feel free to take a look at my portfolio for samples of my work and visit LinkedIn or download my resume.
My philosophy on design is strongly rooted in fine art. I prefer to integrate content/layout with illustration, weaving the two together. I love telling a story with imagery and color -- in the end, that is what I believe will capture the public's eye, sometimes engaging them on a topic they might otherwise have ignored.
Working at NASA has been a dream job. Although there is an excess of beautiful images to work with, the challenge has always been collaborating with scientists and engineers to explain complex ideas behind these images to the general public. Over the years, public outreach has become one of my strengths. During my time at NASA, I have created numerous exhibits and print materials to engage the public. Recently I was tasked to create an identity package for the Mars Exploration Program and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)/Curiosity, which landed on Mars in August. I created a suite of products including a folder, bookmark, pin, sticker, brochure, etc., to be handed out at museums and events. Check out more of my accomplishments in my blog.
In addition to my design work, I also freelance in photography. I've had the privilege of working with classical guitarist Berta Rojas on her last two albums. I've also shot her at work in the studio and in other locations for promotional purposes. Beyond my professional work, I just really love playing with photography... and since I'm so well versed in Photoshop, I'm able to do some major retouching -- I could get in so much trouble :-)
I also have a passion for music! I've studied classical guitar since I was nine and continue to perform and compose. Please check out my music section to learn more about my musical endeavors.
Thanks so much for visiting my website!
Welcome to my musical diary. Since acquiring the equipment to record, I've made it my goal to document pieces I compose via recording. My setup includes one Rode NT1-A (Thanks Max!) and a used but in great condition MOTU 828 (Thanks Bryan!). I am currently using garage band software - pretty simple setup.
I've been playing classical guitar since the age of 9; got my start as a student of Skip Anna at Music and Arts, then studied throughout college with Mary Claire Ingalls at Towson University. A couple years ago I decided to take lessons again and purchase my dream guitar. My current teacher is Berta Rojas, the renowned Paraguayan guitarist and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. She has truly brought my technique and musicality to a whole new level. The guitar I'm performing on is a Phillip Woodfield (an English luthier), series 1, and her name is Nausikaa (really, he gave her that name). She is a spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides, and has a bright but deep, melodic sound. I also play flamenco guitar on an Amalio Burguet.
Stay tuned for more original music!
For the past two years I have been a member of Stain Glass Blue Grass, a local band that mostly plays in churches and the occasional festival or event. I recently purchased an Eastman Dreadnought guitar, which has a great big sound (better for playing in groups than my classical guitar). I've also been singing - yes, singing - even lead on some pieces (scary, I know).
This year I decided to join a choir called the Ecumenical Traveling Choir. We will be traveling to Belgium this summer for the Ghent Music Festival!