Principal and Founder
Jake Barton is Principal and Founder of Local Projects, a media and physical design firm that creates ground breaking experiences. Credits include landmark projects like the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Local Projects has won every major award including the National Design Awards and Cannes Lions, for work that focuses on retail including Open House for Target, storytelling with StoryCorps, and education with a suite of Noticing Tools for the Gates Foundation. Jake's TED talk has nearly one million views, and he is on Fast Company Magazine’s list of top fifty designers.
Director of Strategy
Nathan Adkisson is the Director of Strategy at Local Projects. His clients include numerous cultural institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. He recently launched Target Open House, a permanent concept store for the Internet of Things in downtown San Francisco. Before joining Local Projects, Nathan led projects for Crayola, Chobani, Belvedere, Google, Samsung, Sonos, Purina, AOL, and Fiji water. Before entering the world of design, Nathan was a reporter for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
Creative Director and Director of Visual Experience Design
Elle directs the Visual Experience department and in that role is most passionate about team mentorship and shaping creative processes. As a Creative Director she is always looking for powerful concepts that enrich our environments with meaning, beauty and surprise. Elle was a Creative Director at Imprint Projects NYC and the Creative Director for the Brands and Environments team at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto. Prior to moving to North America she was a partner at Blotto Design, Berlin and a freelance Art Director for Meiré und Meiré. She holds a Masters in Media Communications-Design from the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, and taught typography and editorial design at the University of Arts in Berlin and at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.
Director of Operations
Jill manages the Operations Department, and leads staff support for the company. Previously, she managed the internet TV studio MixTV, which she helped found in Berkeley, CA. Prior to that, she coordinated the post-production and distribution for the Amnesty International award-winning film, China Blue, and ran Energy Controls, a company that created energy efficient devices. Jill holds a BA from San Francisco State University, where she studied cinema.
Director of Physical Design
Nico Guillin is Director of Physical Design at Local Projects, where he applies his architectural design expertise across a number of disciplines, from history and encyclopedic museums to commercial spaces. Prior to Local Projects, Nico worked at Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and has served as a senior exhibition designer, project manager, architect, and consultant coordinator for the award-winning Newseum in Washington, D.C. Nico is also an adjunct professor for Pratt Institute’s Exhibition Design Program. He received his MA in industrial design at the Ecole Superieure de Creation Industrielle, Paris.
Managing and Financial Director
Bobby serves as Chief Financial Officer at Local Projects. Prior to Local Projects, Bobby worked at Wolf Olins for over ten years, eight of which he spent as Head of Finance & Operations. Bobby received a BA in Business and Management/Accounting from Rutgers University.
Director of Project Management
Caitlin is fast approaching a decade of experience in museum planning, exhibit design and media production. She approaches each project from both the user perspective and the client’s goals, ensuring an impactful experience that can meet a wide range of objectives. Prior to joining Local Projects, she worked at Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Lord Cultural Resources. Caitlin holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, and a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU, Graduate School of Arts and Science, where she focused on museum and memory studies.
Creative Director and Director of Creative Technology
Prior to joining Local Projects, Eric co-founded Plural Design in Chicago and developed interactive installations for a range of clients and contexts, including Eyebeam, Wired, and artist Anthony McCall. His work has been exhibited at the Anthology Film Archives, the Hyde Park Art Center, 319 Scholes, Flux Factory, and Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna. Eric holds a BS from Northwestern and a MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Director of Creative Engineering
Sundar is the Director of Creative Engineering at Local Projects. Sundar’s background spans alternative energy, community radio, permaculture, Internet telephony, open-source advocacy, and most recently social gaming. Responsibilities span the breadth of his previous experience, including small and medium technical system architecture, continuous integration, deployment, and testing strategies, and the evaluation of future technology solutions. Prominent clients include the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Eisenhower Memorial Commission, and Bob Graham Center for Public Policy.
Creative Director and Director of Interaction Design
John directs the Interaction Design department, while also serving as a creative director and interaction designer. Before Local Projects, John applied design and technology to development challenges at UNICEF, created software tools for fellow designers, and ran a small inter-disciplinary design studio in Ireland. John holds a MFA in Media Design from Art Center College of Design and a BSc in Multimedia from Dublin City University.
Interactive Project Director and Director of Project Management
Keeli Shaw directs the Project Management team at Local Projects. During her time at LP, Keeli has produced interactive projects ranging in scale from mobile applications to 40' interactive multi-touch micro-tile walls. She has overseen the design and development of projects including the BioDesign Studio (March 2016) and Body Metrics exhibit (February 2015) at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, City Pulse at the One World Observatory, the student center media wall at Case Western Reserve University, Urbanology at the BMW/Guggenheim Lab, the Stone Barns iOS application, the Gallery One suite of interactive media and mobile application ArtLens for the Cleveland Museum of Art, and other large scale interactives around the world, from Cincinnati, OH to Geneva, Switzerland.
Head of New Business and Strategist
David is passionate about the role of branding and storytelling in media. David’s work with Local Projects includes media design and strategy for both brands and cultural institutions. David’s experience lies within all phases of a project, from conceptual development through production for clients such as The Timken Company, Middlebury College, Pepperdine University, The Henry Ford Museum, Proctor & Gamble, IBM, Emerson Collective, and the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation. David previously worked in the music industry and is an accomplished singer/songwriter. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC with an MPS in Branding.
Producer / Project Manager
Jeanne Angel is passionate about interactive, creative, and story-driven digital media, and has over 10 years of experience in the Creative Technology field. Prior to Local Projects, Jeanne was the Production Director for Creative Tech Week, Exhibit Media Designer & Producer at New York Historical Society, Media Art Specialist at the Guggenheim Museum, and worked in Interative & Motion Graphics Design for a range of clients including Marc Jacobs, John Frieda, and Addison. She has also worked with Creative Time, L’Opera Monte-Carlo, MTV, and has produced, designed, performed and exhibited technology driven artworks internationally, at The Walker Museum, The Yokohama Triennale, PS1, Centre Pompidou, The Warhol Museum, New Museum, and more. Jeanne holds a MS and BS in Digital Media from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s IDM Program.
L’Rai Arthur-Mensah is a Project Manager with Local Projects. Credits include building an online 3D rendering of Kara Walker’s Sugar Baby with Creative Time and implementing a Mixed Reality experience for visitors during the Super Bowl. With a background in engineering and a love for producing art exhibitions, she is a proponent of integrating technology into cultural experiences in a way that enhances engagement but doesn’t overpower the experience itself.
Visual Experience Designer
Rona is a multifaceted designer, interested in abstract and conceptual thinking, and passionate about user experience and visual design for diverse projects ranging in scale. Prior to working at Local Projects, Rona designed for Pentagram, Natasha Jen, and Benjamin Critton. She holds an MFA in Products of Design from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design from Bilkent University. Rona completed her residency in Illustration and Storytelling at SVA, focusing on editorial illustrations.
Senior Interaction Designer
Nina Boesch brings 15 years of international work experience from Germany, Italy, and the U.S. to her work at Local Projects. Nina focusses on UX and UI design for interactive media experiences such as large-scale media walls, touch-screen tables and kiosks, mobile apps, etc. Prior to joining Local Projects, Nina worked at Pentagram and Ralph Appelbaum Associates. She holds a BFA with honors in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
Senior Motion Designer
Myles works closely with his teammates on a variety of motion and 3D-driven projects. Before joining Local Projects, he worked as a staff motion designer at Magnet Media. Prior to that, he was a freelancer in Atlanta and New York for several years. Myles received his BA in Motion Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Producer/ Project Manager
Katia utilizes her multi-disciplinary design background to collaborate with team members and clients alike. Prior to Local Projects, she worked as both a graphic and environmental designer before curating and producing architectural-focused exhibits and installations. Katia received a BArch from the University of Texas at Austin and a MS in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University's GSAPP.
CJ DiMaggio serves as a Backend Developer. Having attended Hunter College and getting involved in the startup world where he helped build a New York based Bitcoin exchange, he now works at Local Projects developing and maintaining the servers, databases, and networks for our projects.
Before joining Local Projects, Anthony taught architectural studios, created site-specific installations as an associate of the icebergproject collaborative, designed supportive housing in New York City, and most recently designed exhibitions for Ralph Appelbaum Associates. He received his MArch from the University at Buffalo and is a registered architect in New York.
Michael creates the perfect balance between complexity, simplicity, and elegance through a repudiation of adequacy. Prior to joining Local Projects, he served the federal government at the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas as a full stack software engineer. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Kansas School of Engineering.
Senior Creative Technologist
Oriol Ferrer Mesià focuses on mixing disciplines such as programming, computer graphics, video, photography, sound design, physical design, and visual arts to create new realtime experiences. Before Local Projects, Oriol directed the Interactive department at Fabrica, Benetton’s research center on communication. His works have been exhibited at international venues such as the Centre Pompidou, Moca Shanghai or the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Senior Content Developer
Francie is interested in the translation of narratives to both physical and digital spaces. Before Local Projects, she lived in London where she co-created campaigns and content with young people aged 13-21 at Livity, a youth marketing agency based in Brixton. Prior to that, she served as an editorial assistant in the children's division of Penguin Books UK. Francie holds a MA in digital publishing from University College London and an honors BA in english literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After graduating from college and before joining the team full-time, Charlotte interned in content development at Local Projects and taught English in Madrid for a year. She attended Carleton College, where she graduated with a BA in Cinema and Media Studies.
Ethan Holda serves as Senior Engineer at Local Projects. Prior to working at LP, Ethan was a developer and application architect who began creating interactive television applications for NBC in 1997, and has since executed boutique web, enterprise human resources management systems and development, and integration platform development for a variety of industries. Ethan has done freelance work for Fuse TV, ABC, the International Economic Development Council as well as for not-for-proﬁt organizations such as Friends Shelter and the Museum of the City of New York.
Angelica is an experienced digital designer with a background in multidisciplinary design practice. Before Local Projects, Angelica taught digital media at Girls Write Now, while maintaining a focus on digital and motion graphics design in the industry. She holds a MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School for Design and a BFA in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Senior Creative Technologist
Jason Levine is a technologist with a background in the performing arts on a mission to bridge different artistic disciplines. Inspired by the need to improvise, Jason focuses on the performative and generative qualities of coding and creates real-time software systems for live performance. Before joining LP, Jason designed generative visuals for Lauryn Hill, 7up, and Twitter, and conducted research for Harmonix’s video game Fantasia:Music Evolved, Zach Lieberman's DevArt project Play the World, and contributed to the CLOUDS documentary. He holds a degree in Computer Science & Music Technology and is a graduate of the School for Poetic Computation.
Nina fills her after-work hours with photography and design projects. Prior to joining Local Projects, she worked in marketing operations at venture-funded cleaning services startup Handy, and Noom, a mobile app focused on personal health. Nina received a BA in Economics from New York University.
Senior Creative Technologist
Matt Lohmann's primary focus is bringing engaging experiences to the web. Beginning studies in Architecture at the University of Arizona, he switched to earn a BFA in Visual Communications and Minor in Media Arts. After spending time in Richmond, Virginia and Bath, England he settled in Boston working for PUMA’s internal creative agency. Since then he has worked at Almighty, Syrup and B-Reel working with clients ranging from Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen to Google, Chuck Close and Canon Cameras.
Theresa tells stories through cinema, games and apps. As one of the founders of interactive services company FORM360, Theresa consulted with AMC Networks on digital storytelling experiences for The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. She directed “Every Day Is a Holiday,” a documentary which aired on public television. Theresa has received distinction from the National Endowment for the Arts and her work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, Círculo de Bellas Artes, and the Asia Society in Hong Kong. Theresa is chairperson of the board of The FilmShop. She is an honors graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Social Anthropology.
Multi-platform producer Kristin Lovejoy has a rich interdisciplinary background. Building on her content focus for PBS as a documentary and interactive producer, she created award-winning culture and art specials and series for national broadcast and worldwide distribution, as well as web content. She was commissioned by Madison Square Art to produce web media for sculptor Jaume Plensa’s Echo, and for Orly Genger’s ‘Red, Yellow and Blue’, the client’s first mobile app. For Batwin+Robin Productions, she contributed to the creation of an immersive experience for the Rotunda at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, as well as digital scenic backdrops for two Broadway shows. She is a graduate of New York University and SUNY Purchase, and has an IB from the United Nations International School.
Terrell is interested in cultural mechanics and social innovation. He attended North Carolina A&T State University, where he led an art-based student organization that raised scholarships for other students. He received his BA in Design with a minor in Art Management.
Before Local Projects, Nicole worked as an engineer and designer for startups and government agencies. Most recently, she founded blink blink and developed a line of educational circuit kits. She holds an MFA in Design + Technology from Parsons School of Design and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from George Washington University.
Ben crafts proposals for new projects, press pitches, and award applications. In addition, he manages the studio newsletter, website, and events, as well as shooting and editing documentation for all current studio projects. Before Local Projects, Ben worked as an account executive at the Chicago-based digital agency Doejo, and as a copywriter for MakerBot 3D printers. Ben received his BA in Communications with a concentration in film and integrated marketing, and a minor in East Asian Studies from Northwestern University.
Senior Visual Experience Designer
Duy fuses branding, storytelling, and spatial design. Before joining the studio, he worked at Toronto-based Bruce Mau Design for five years on a variety of brands+environments projects. Duy graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal with a BFA—Specialization in Computation Arts.
Theo maintains an active fine arts career and exhibits his work in galleries in the U.S and abroad. Prior to joining Local Projects, he worked at GUILD as a Sr. 3D Designer, and at Under Armour as an Environmental Designer. He holds a BFA in Environmental Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Senior Project Manager
Before coming to Local Projects, Robin worked as a new media producer for ed tech company Amplify Learning. She has also worked as a Senior Director of Development and original programming at VIACOM, where she was in charge of several award winning series at BET/Centric, Nickelodeon, The N and Nick Jr. She holds a MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she is also an adjunct professor.
Eric has an eye for the poetic with his work as a front-end developer. Prior to joining LP, Eric produced experimental installations and screen-based work for various clients through HUSH studios and as a freelancer. Before that he was exhibiting his personal digital and interactive artworks in New York and abroad, in addition to taking the stage for his music and performance art. He holds an MFA with distinction from Pratt Institute (Digital Arts: Interactive Installation) and a BFA from Wright State University (Selected Studies: Art, Technology, and Society.)
Visual Experience Designer
Nic Sanchez designs visual experiences while exploring narrative through flat and dimensional forms. He has lectured at School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and elsewhere. Prior to joining Local Projects, Nic collaborated with studios such as Project Projects, Pentagram, Small Stuff, and others. He holds a MFA in Graphic Design from Otis College of Art and Design and was Designer in Residence at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam.
Senior Visual Experience Designer
Vidya is a multi-disciplinary designer with a knack for bridging design with strategy and conceptual thinking. Prior to joining Local Projects, she worked as an exhibit designer at the American Museum of Natural History and as a freelance designer in print, branding, and experiential marketing. With two decades of experience as a dancer/storyteller in the classical Indian tradition, Vidya seeks to create experiences that engage body, mind, and spirit. She earned her BFA in Communication Design at Washington University in St. Louis.
Senior Creative Technologist
Gal believes in “playing with the matter” and using minimal interactions to increase self expression. Before joining LP, Gal created experiences in a wide range of contexts ranging from Algorithmic music and form, Interactive film, mechanical toys, and interactive systems used for rehabilitation. His works have been shown at venues such as Sundance, Tribeca film festival, Eyeo festival, and La Panacée, France. Gal holds a B.Sc. in Software Engineering from Shenkar College, and an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Chris Schnaars is, among other things, a designer and musician. Prior to Local Projects, he designed products and services with a global design consulting group, built educational tools for students and teachers around the world, and played bass in the acclaimed post-punk band The Black Black. He’s a graduate of The University of Dundee in Scotland, where he received a MSc in Design Ethnography.
Naomi brings a decade of experience developing visitor experiences for international clients as a project manager, concept developer, and media producer with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, NY Projects, AldrichPears Associates, and The Battery Conservancy, among others. She holds a MS in City and Regional Planning and a MPS in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute, and a BA in Humanistic Studies from McGill University.
Creative Human Resource Manager
Karl finds, onboards, and guides employees through their work journey. Prior to this adventure, Karl worked at The Princeton Club, VIACOM and Time Warner. He holds a degree in Mathematics from Colgate University, an MFA from Brooklyn College, and an Organizational Psychology Masters from Teachers College.
Senior Physical Designer
Nima Vakili is a designer, maker, and a creative technologist. Ranked as one of the top students in the National University Entrance Exam of Iran, he attended the Bachelor of Architecture program at University of Tehran. Soon after graduation, he pursued his interest in interactive architecture by attending the joint Media Arts and Architecture Program offered by SUNY Buffalo and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, where he earned a dual Master's degree of Architecture and Fine Arts. Nima has exhibited work internationally at venues such as Media Architecture Biennale, and has been awarded the prestigious AED Neuland’s first-prize in the Exhibition and Public Spaces category. Nima is mainly interested in human-computer interaction, situated technologies, and embodied networks.
Karen is a graphic designer, reader, writer, and thinker. Before Local Projects, she worked at Studio Kudos designing print and web products for a variety of nonprofit and small-business clients. She interned at Pure + Applied and Metropolis Magazine, and has contributed writing for AIGA/NY. Karen holds a BA from Williams College where she studied psychology and art history. She completed a MFA in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012.
Producer/ Project Manager
Kate loves to dream big, hatch a great plan, and collaborate with both team members and clients alike. Before joining Local Projects, Kate produced large scale interactive media experiences at both Perch Interactive and Ralph Appelbaum Associates. Prior to that, she ran several art galleries, started a feminist video collective, wrote a novel, and lived in China. She holds a MPS from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and a BA in Art History from Sarah Lawrence College.
Visual Experience Designer
Danny's interests range from cyberpsychology to attempted home gardening. Before joining Local Projects, he was a designer at Friends of the Web, where he helped create online and mobile products for a gamut of cultural and corporate clients. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Jenny is a designer who seeks to tell stories and connect them to people through space and materials. Prior to joining Local Projects, Jenny practiced as an interpretive exhibit designer at Ralph Appelbaum Associates, where she was involved in over 20 projects across the fields of art, history, science, and technology. She also worked as an editorial intern at The Architect's Newspaper, and as an architect at Carlos Zapata Studio. She holds a BS in Architecture with honors from the University at Buffalo.
Andie brings a deep passion and understanding of art, storytelling, and social justice to her work at Local Projects. Andie joins LP from Ralph Appelbaum Associates, where she coordinated content and developed narrative approaches for a variety of institutions. She holds a BA with honors in Anthropology, and correlates in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.
Producer/ Project Manager
Marijana has worked on four continents on assignment for A&E, ABC, National Geographic, and collaborated with academy award-winning directors to document some of the most important events of the past decade including the war in Iraq and human trafficking in Mexico and Pakistan. Her work has been broadcast worldwide, presented at numerous film festivals, including Full Frame, Tribeca, and Hot Docs, and is currently part of the traveling museum exhibition "War/Photography" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Marijana studied Journalism at New York University.
Mateo is a multi-disciplinary designer, Bauhaus fan, and synth enthusiast. Before joining Local Projects, he worked in a variety of industries including media arts, advertising, product design and music production. He also co-founded a mobile design studio for museums and cultural institutions. Mateo holds a MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons.
Charlotte van den Bosch
Visual Experience Designer
Charlotte’s expertise includes print, interactive, and environments, with a focus on branding and information design. Prior to joining Local Projects, Charlotte was a Graphic Designer on the Brands and Environments team at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto, where she collaborated with team members and led graphic design on various mid- to large-scale projects. Originally from the Netherlands, Charlotte graduated with honors from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem with a BA in Graphic Design.