Category Archives: Features

Content Design Case Study: Spectrum News App – Voter Guide

A new “Politics Hub” app section was nearing release

The original "Your Politics Hub" landing screen, with buttons leading to subsections for Elections, Explore Your Government and Politics News.

In 2021 I was a UX Writer at Charter Communications, best known for its Spectrum internet, TV, mobile and news brands. As one of my first assignments, I joined a project to add a new section of politics and elections info to the Spectrum News mobile app.

The new section was initially conceived as a “Politics Hub”, combining pre- and post-election info, details about elected representatives and politics news – all tailored to the user’s local municipality.

Designs were already mature, but the team was in the midst of reducing project scope and adapting to development constraints for first release ahead of the 2021 local elections.

Current designs were still using the placeholder “Politics Hub” name. I was asked to finalize a name for the section and review several entry points and introductory screens. Most of the remaining content was filled in by a 3rd-party API (CivicEngine).

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Brett’s Workplace Story

An example of the workplace storytelling videos I produced at Avanoo. My team and I created hundreds of these stories annually. My role typically spanned production management, direction, interviewing, and rough-cut editing. Copy & Redesign

In late 2019 I led a complete refresh of Avanoo’s website. I wrote & edited all the copy, provided creative direction, and coordinated between engineering, content, marketing and web developer teams to assemble a compelling, streamlined top-of-funnel web presence that aligned with the company’s brand and business strategy.

This Insanely Hard, Self-Driving Robot Race Takes Place In A Parking Lot (Popular Science)

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Competitors present their self-driving bots for inspection at starting line of the 2015 Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition. Photo: Ted Burnham

In June 2015 I covered the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition for Popular Science. This was a multimedia commission for which I contributed a 1,000-word article, dozens of high-res photos, and several from-the-field Instagram posts.

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Life in the Floodplain (BMoCA)


Debris from the September 2012 floods covered the landscape for months after the waters receded. Photo Credit: John Giez

In 2013, I was commissioned by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to write an essay to accompany an exhibition of works inspired by the massive floods that had swept through the region the year before. My contribution, Life in the Floodplain, reflected on the flooding and its aftermath from an ecological perspective. Through research and interviews with Boulder County ecologists and wildlife specialists, my essay examines the role that periodic floods play in shaping the land and how the plants and animals of the region adapt and even thrive when the waters recede.

Read Life in the Floodplain on pages 22-23 of the Flood Project exhibition catalog (pdf).

A Series of Copies: my masters thesis on the relationship between the Internet, culture, and copyright law

We all know the Internet isn’t “a series of tubes.” But what IS it, really?

That question motivates this audio documentary, which I produced as my master’s thesis project in journalism school at the University of Colorado.

It turns out that copying is central to the basic operation of the Internet, and that has consequences for users, artists, entreprenuers, and the law. I explore some of those consequences and connections through interviews with technologists, scholars, entrepreneurs and others, including Cory Doctorow, Patricia Aufderheide, and Alexis Ohanian. My hope is that thinking of the Internet as “a series of copies” will help people better understand issues like Net Neutrality and copyright reform.

Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers (NPR)

Science And The Fracking Boom ScreenshotDuring my internship at the NPR science desk in spring 2012, the desk began a series of radio stories investigating the rise in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a way of extracting natural gas from rock formations deep underground. I contributed extensive background research that was used by the team of reporters and editors working on the series — everything from how the fracking process works, to the laws regulating its use in various states, to the scientific data (or lack thereof) on potential health effects and environmental damage. The project culminated with the creation of a set of infographics, for which I worked closely with the lead editor to select photos, write captions, edit copy, and direct graphic design.

Explore the infographics: Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

The Chocolate Maker Next Door (NPR: Intern Edition)

I recorded and edited the audio for this story—about a guy who turned his suburban basement into a tiny-but-professional chocolate factory—during my internship at the NPR science desk in Washington, D.C. Fellow science desk intern John Rose shot and edited the photos and compiled the slideshow.