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Portfolio | History Here 3.0


The History Channel has launched a major update to the app I help oversee content for, History HERE. In addition to a nicely executed visual update, version 3.0 of the app also features a new Tours feature, with topical itineraries. For the 3.0 launch I wrote seven of the 14 tours available. The tour is a fun way to dig into the history of a place through the lens of a specific topic. Download the app for free on iOS and Android to view the tours I wrote:

  • Lincoln’s Assassination
  • New York City Culinary
  • History of the Detroit Auto Industry
  • Los Angeles Culinary
  • Nashville Music History
  • Mississippi Civil Rights
  • San Francisco’s Alcatraz Prizon

For more on the 1000-plus sites I wrote up for the previous editions of the app, see this post.

Articles | Lists, Questions and Culinary Delights

The History Channel

Over the past few months I’ve transitioned from active management of the History Here mobile app’s coverage, and have instead been writing short, delicious nuggets for the History Channel’s website, Here are a few links to my recent work there:


Culinary History

Short-form Q&A

Portfolio | Envoy

For the past two years I’ve been working as the lead designer for Envoy, a San Francisco-based startup that provides personal grocery shopping for homes and businesses up and down the West Coast. I provide a mix of practical ready-to-deploy designs and forward-looking sketches for future versions of Envoy’s web and mobile interfaces.

Portfolio | Eventide Convention Banners

I created these full-height banners for the Eventide Funds booth at a national convention of financial planners. Rarely has a banner so large had so many footnotes, but the finance industry loves (and requires) these things.

Articles | History Here

For the past two years the majority of my writing work has been penning articles and overseeing project-wide editorial coverage for History Here, a mobile app—free on iOS and Android—that tells the vast and varied story of American history through paragraph descriptions linked to points on a map. It’s been quite a journey—one that was nominated for two Webby awards in 2013. (We lost out to Lego Super Heroes Movie Maker and Chefs Feed.)

This map, from the private KML database I kept during the project, tracks History Here’s coverage pipeline. Only the blue pins are visible for users of the app. Yellow, Green and Purple represent historic sites that I identified as worthy of eventual inclusion.

In early 2014 the powers that be at A+E Networks decided to put further development of History Here on hold for a while. The app and the database that powers it will live on, but it will be a little while before any of the to-be-written sites I’d flagged in my giant spreadsheet—nearly 6,000 of them—will be written up and pushed out to the app.

That said, currently there are more than 6,000 points of interest that app users can explore—of which I personally wrote up more than 1,000* and identified an additional 2,400 for assignment to other freelancers.

* That amounts to around 115,000 published words, not counting titles and lat/lon coordinates. That’s a little longer than Walden and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or about half an East of Eden.

Essays | The Great Epizootic

This is my favorite of the short pieces I wrote for last year

It was early October 1872. Ulysses S. Grant was in the White House, Susan B. Anthony was getting ready to cast her first, illegal vote, Jay Gould and Cornelius Vanderbilt were making a killing in railroads and giving the Gilded Age its gilt, and somewhere outside of Toronto, a horse sneezed.

Read more of my article here: The Great Epizootic | Flashback | OZY

Portfolio | CPS

A very minimalist website I created for a group of the world’s leading art dealers

Portfolio | Newfound Heights

Logos and branding for a real estate development firm

Articles | Ancient History for

The History Channel

In 2012 I wrote a number of articles on ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern topics for The History Channel’s online encyclopedia at

The Greeks

Atlantis, The Trojan War, Thucydides, Pericles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

The Romans

Augustus, Caligula, Cicero, Mark Antony, Nero

Egypt and the Near East

Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen, Hammurabi

Portfolio | Eventide Articles

Printable versions of articles from the Eventide Funds blog