It turns out that the first and last significant events of my career are related! Here is a video of a 35-minute talk I gave at the Interaction 18 conference in Lyon in Feb 2018. The talk describes my very first interactive design project, which I led at the Office of Charles and Ray Eames in 1977-78. It's an interesting story, if I do say so myself.

The following are summaries of what I consider my best interactive and visual designs.

Art Game
Art Game

Art Game

Designed with Charles and Ray Eames for IBM, this early interactive consumer prototype taught viewers to recognize the work of six Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. The game used overlapping pools of randomly selected images. After guessing an attribution, players get feedback offering reinforcement or hints to improve recognition on the next random selection. This structure required a complex writing task to compose feedback that makes equal sense, for example, when viewers incorrectly say a work is by Monet or correctly say it is not by Renoir.

As the game progresses, wrongly attributed works return to the pool and reappear, while correctly identified paintings are saved for review. Users build a working ability to recognize work by the painter they are studying — without first having to learn the vocabulary of art criticism.

For a detailed written account, see “Art Game: An Early Interactive Design...,” ACM Interactions, May-June 2017, pp. 27-35. Even better, view my talk at the Interaction 18 conference in Lyon in Feb 2018.

Accenture Projects

Accenture Projects 2010-16

Some highlights from my career as an Accenture consultant, showing several user experience designs (pdf) for a variety of platforms (mobile & desktop), industries (finance, healthcare, government, resources), and degrees of finish (wireframes, internal, external).


Consumer Interactive Multimedia

At Philips Media, we designed some great work for a short-lived consumer multimedia format known as Compact Disc Interactive, supported by Philips and Sony until 1996. The first completed non-fiction title in CD-I, "Treasures of the Smithsonian" was the most demonstrated program during the format's brief life. [More on 'Treasures.'] One of our designs, a CD-I "Guide to Lisbon," reportedly helped elect the mayor of Lisbon and the president of Portugal.


Interactive CD + Web

CD-Online: Web on TV

In 1995, just before the web took hold, I served as design director on a small team in Philips Media in London whose mission was to combine a CD-I player with internet access for the home TV. Sadly, the world's first TV-based internet service was short-lived, as the web and other connected devices quickly rendered this system obsolete.

DRC website

Dutch Reformed Church Restoration

The DRC website was written, designed and produced as a labor of love for the Newburgh Preservation Association and its efforts to restore a splendid Greek Revival former church designed in 1835 by A. J. Davis. The website was instrumental in getting the building named one of the "100 Most Endangered Sites" by the World Monuments Foundation. Sadly, after a few years, NPA gave up on the daunting project — the DRC is still a near-ruin.

Quad 2009 page from City of Newburgh site

City of Newburgh

Hoekema Design & Editorial won a competitive bid to re-design the City of Newburgh website in 2004. Working with multiple city departments, we created the site with a content management system, maintaining it for five years until 2009. The sample page shows a special layout for the 2009 quadricentennial Hudson-Fulton-Champlain celebrations. We took the state's official branding for 1609, 1807 & 1909 and added another panel for Newburgh's founding in 1709.

Davis map

Driving Mr. Davis

2003 marked the 200th birhday of America's first great architect, Alexander Jackson Davis (see Dutch Reformed Church above). Working with Hudson River Heritage, I created a map linking the five surviving buildings by A. J. Davis along the Hudson River, from Tarrytown up to the city of Hudson, as a guide for self-driving tours. The map was shamelessly appropriated and expanded from an IBM guide to their locations in the area — my finest hour in Photoshop! The reverse side provided pictures and capsule descriptions of the five buildings.

Map-Brochure (PDF 350K)