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data visualization + wordpress development + game designer

what I do

Data Visualization

Data are everywhere and have stories to tell. I have experience in every facet of working with data, including cleaning and interviewing data to see what stories it holds, and designing the the most effective way to tell its story. I’ve worked with mapping tools, like Leaflet, and data visualization libraries, like D3.js.

Wordpress Development

Interested in a WordPress website? Depending on your needs and budget, I can set you up with a website powered by a pre-built theme, modify a theme you like to add the features you desire, or create custom themes and plugins to get exactly the functionality you want.

Game Design

Game design is a new and exciting area for me, and I’ve experimented with applying game mechanics to help tell better stories in my journalism work. I’ve designed and developed several games to-date using Javascript and Unity, and I also worked with a startup that “gamified” news feeds.

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Housing Card Stack

Online Package, Wordpress, CalMatters

A CalMatters project designing and developing a “card stack” template to explain complicated topics, in this case why housing costs in California are so damn high.

Trump v. California

News App, Wordpress, CalMatters

WordPress-integrated news application built for CalMatters to track the push and pull between California officials and the Trump Administration. Includes blog-style index pages, a main project landing page showing updates across topics, and a user-friendly back end to create updates.

Parachute Kids Game

Web Game, Unity, The Hechinger Report

An award-winning web game built with Unity to accompany a story exploring “parachute kids,” young kids who move to the US from other countries, typically China or Taiwan, with little to no supervision in order to get an American education. Do you have what it takes to get into a prestigious American university?

Gimme Props! 2016

Web Game, Slides, 2016 Election

An mobile-friendly interactive ballot measure guide for the lazy. Uses a conversational tone and quiz mechanics to help inform voters about California’s ballot measures in the 2016 election and give them direction on their positions based on how they answer.

About John Osborn D'Agostino

John Osborn D’Agostino is an award-winning Davis-based web developer, data journalist and game designer. He’s passionate about using games to tell stories, building interactive projects for the web, working in the open government space and generally trying out new things. He’s worked with CalMatters, The Hechinger Report, EdSource and Open Oakland. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Looking to build or modify a website? Hit me up.