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.
Creative Director and Director of Visual Experience Design
Elle directs the department for Visual Experience Design and as a Creative Director spearheads projects at the intersection of design, architecture, storytelling and technology. Her recent projects include ARoS Public for the ARoS Art Museum in Denmark, the Fashion for Good Center in Amsterdam, the forthcoming Bronx Music Hall and Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. She has worked internationally for major museums, leading educational institutions and global brands. Before coming to Local Projects, Elle was a Creative Director for Imprint Projects NYC and Bruce Mau Design in Toronto, an Art Director for Meiré und Meiré and a partner at blotto Design, both in Berlin.
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.
Director of Project Management and Executive Producer
Caitlin brings to Local Projects 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. At Local Projects, she has overseen the development of an award winning application for the American Museum Of Natural History, the design of the Ertegun Hall of Fame for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the forthcoming the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Prior to joining Local Projects, she worked at Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Lord Cultural Resources. Caitlin holds an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU, Graduate School of Arts and Science, where she focused on museum and memory studies, and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.
Creative Director and Director of Interaction Design
John is Director of Interaction Design and Creative Director, leading exploratory projects at the intersection of art, design, and technology. While at Local Projects, he has been instrumental in the development of an application for the American Museum Of Natural History and the exhibit design for the Fashion for Good Center in Amsterdam. Prior to joining Local Projects, John applied design and technology to development challenges at UNICEF, created software tools for fellow designers, and ran a small interdisciplinary 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.
Creative Director and Director of Creative Technology
Eric directs the Creative Technology Department, and as Creative Director he focuses on designing intuitive and tangible interfaces around complex subjects. His recent projects include interactive installations for the The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Noticing Tools suite of learning apps for the New York Hall of Science, and the Body Metrics and BioDesign Studio permanent exhibitions at the Tech Museum of Innovation. 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. Work from his independent practice has been exhibited at the Anthology Film Archives, the Hyde Park Art Center, 319 Scholes, Flux Factory, and Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna. Eric holds an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a BS from Northwestern.
Director of Physical Design
Nico 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. His recent projects include, Target Open House and the forthcoming Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. 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 holds an MA in industrial design at the Ecole Superieure de Creation Industrielle, Paris.
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.
Director of Strategy, Associate Creative Director
Nathan Adkisson has developed strategy for a wide range of cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. He has also led a number of branding and retail projects, including Target Open House, a permanent concept store for the Internet of Things in downtown San Francisco. Before joining Local Projects, Nathan was a senior strategist at Big Spaceship, where he led creative and strategic initiatives for Crayola, Chobani, Belvedere, Google, Samsung, Sonos, Purina, AOL, and Fiji Water. Before entering the design world, Nathan was a reporter for a variety of newspapers and magazines. He holds a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University.
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.
Senior Interaction Designer
Nina Boesch brings 15 years of international work experience to her work at Local Projects. Nina focuses 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.
Anthony is a senior architect interested in techniques of making. 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. Dong holds an MArch in Architecture from the University of Buffalo, and is also a registered architect in the State of New York.
Lead 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 real time experiences. At Local Projects, Oriol has spearheaded creative technology development on key installations for award-winning exhibitions including the ARoS Public for the ARoS Art Museum, the Biodesign Studio at the Tech Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. 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.
Avi is a Creative Technologist, focusing on backend development. Avi came to Local Projects as a summer intern and now works full-time as a Creative Technologist. Avi holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in Computer Science and History.
Senior Content Developer
Francie is interested in the translation of narratives to both physical and digital spaces. Prior to joining Local Projects, she co-created campaigns and content with young people aged 13-21 at Livity, a youth marketing agency based in Brixton, London. Prior to that, she served as an editorial assistant in the children’s division of Penguin Books UK. Francie holds an MA in Digital Publishing from University College London and an Honors BA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Charlotte is a Project Coordinator where she supports graphic and media development and production. 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. Charlotte holds a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from Carleton College.
Chief Financial Officer
Bobby serves as Chief Financial Officer at Local Projects. Prior to Local Projects, Bobby worked at Wolff 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.
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.
Senior Motion Designer
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.
Visual Experience Designer
Albane’s interested in designing graphics for three dimensional spaces, particularly within multi-discipline studios. Before joining Local Projects, she worked for five years in multiple design and architecture studios in Paris, London, and New York. She has a postgraduate diploma from London College of Communication, UAL an undergraduate diploma from ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels, and is originally from Paris.
Christina champions the mingling of artful visual storytelling with the enchantment of new technology. She teaches interactive design at Pratt and Rutgers. Some of her past and current clients include IBM, Target, Re/code, Google, Pantone, GE, Adobe, Sanrio, General Assembly and the Museum of the Moving Image. She holds a BFA and MFA in design, where her recent thesis explored enchantment and leveraging technology to create wonder. She loves science, sci-fi and film theory.
Visual Experience Designer
Pearlyn believes in a future where digital and physical spaces interplay seamlessly to bring a new dimension to storytelling. When she was nine years old, she knew she wanted to be a designer. Since then, along with design, leadership has also been a fascination and passion. Prior to joining Local Projects, she met her mentors while interning at Wolff Olins and working at SYPartners. Her calm, cool, and collected mentors have inspired her to spearhead initiatives such as TEDx at ArtCenter. She holds a BFA with distinction in Graphic Design from ArtCenter.
As a Creative Technologist, Matt’s primary focus is bringing engaging experiences to the web. Prior to joining Local Projects, Matt worked for PUMA’s internal creative agency, as well as Almighty, Syrup and B-Reel working with clients ranging from Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen to Google, Chuck Close and Canon Cameras. Matt holds a BFA in Visual Communications and Minor in Media Arts from the the University of Arizona.
As Project Coordinator, Kristin Lovejoy is building on her expertise as a documentary and interactive producer. Before joining Local Projects, Kristin worked at PBS, where she created Peabody award-winning culture and art specials and series for national broadcast and worldwide distribution, as well as web content. Subsequently, Kristin 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. Prior to PBS, she contributed to the creation of an immersive experience for the Rotunda at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for Batwin+Robin Productions, as well as large scale digital scenic backdrops for two Broadway shows. She holds an MA, in Film Theory and Production from New York University and was selected to participate in the prestigious Whitney Museum Independent Studio Program.
Terrell works as a Project Coordinator, supporting software development and media production for a wide range of projects. Terrell received a BA in Art & Design with a minor in Art Management from North Carolina A&T State University, where he led an art-based student organization that raised scholarships for students.
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.
Nik is the Studio Manager at Local Projects, responsible for managing and maintaining all aspects of the studio's facilities and infrastructure to optimize staff performance. Formerly an Engineer in the US Army and Sergeant of Public Safety at NYU, Nik brings over 15 years of operational, administrative, & managerial experience to the table from a range of industries and institutions, and holds a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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.
Tiemen's strength lies in bridging the gap between concept development, creative direction, visual design and technical implementation. Prior to Local Projects, Tiemen was a senior designer at United Visual Artists, and has a background in both visual design and generative and interactive computational design.
Senior Project Manager
As a Project Manager, Robin builds bridges between creative potential and realization while maintaining balance between business and creative goals, and overseeing creative process that results in the highest quality output. Prior 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 was previously an adjunct professor.
Visual Experience Designer
Anthony is a Visual Experience designer focusing on visual identity, type, and spatial experiences. Prior to joining Local Projects, Anthony worked as a designer focusing on visual identity, type and book design, and spatial experiences. In addition to engaging with storytelling through design, Anthony maintains a strong interest in engineered architectures and vernacular typography. He holds an MA in Graphic Design with Honors from the National Fine Arts School of Lyon, France.
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.
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.
Senior Project Manager and Producer
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. He is interested in human-computer interaction, situated technologies, parametric design, and fabrication. Nima has exhibited his work internationally at venues including the Media Architecture Biennale, and has been awarded the prestigious AED Neuland’s first-prize in the Exhibition and Public Spaces category. Prior, Nima was Sensing Lab Manager at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he pursued his interest in interactive architecture. Nima holds a dual Master of Architecture and Fine Arts from the joint Media Arts and Architecture Program offered by SUNY Buffalo and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
Senior Visual Experience Designer
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.
Senior Physical Designer
Peter Vikar is a senior physical designer working across multiple platforms and scales, ranging from custom hardware design to large public sculptures. Before joining LP, Peter was running a large-scale robotics lab and taught courses on kinetic architecture at UCLA. He holds a Masters in Design Research from Sci-Arc and Masters in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Senior Producer and 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 is a designer focusing on spatial experiences that combine environmental graphics, interactive design, linear media, and traditional exhibitry. Over the course of four years at Local Projects, Danny has shaped the visual design direction of numerous projects, most recently the Fashion for Good Center in Amsterdam, as well as Timescapes at the Museum of the City of New York, ARoS Public at the ARoS Art Museum, and the London Mithraeum. 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. Danny 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.
Account Manager and Senior Producer
Marijana has a decade of production experience leading award-winning projects across all touch points. Her clients at Local Projects include IBM Watson, Target, the National September 11 Memorial Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. Prior to Local Projects, Marijana 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 in the exhibition "War/Photography." Marijana studied Journalism at New York University.
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.