My name is Zachary Reese and I'm a designer from Philadelphia. I work at a University of Pennsylvania think-tank where I create projects like the political literacy site and the teaching tool Civics Renewal Network. I also founded Sport, a design agency specializing in virtual reality. My work has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, MTV, USA Today, and tons of other places. I feel like I'm doing okay for myself.

A Guide to Effective Zika Coverage


Put together this brochure/webpage aimed at increasing the quality of news coverage devoted to the Zika virus. This was spurred by Annenberg Science Knowledge survey results that found 46% of people in the US incorrectly think Zika always produces noticeable symptoms. On top of that, 36% think an adult with Zika is likely to die from it. That seems kind of ridiculous for a subject that’s getting 24/7 news coverage, no? The idea is that if journalists and newscasters follow the best practices we’ve outlined, understanding of Zika goes up, and, in turn, health risks go down.

I did the bulk of the writing, copy editing and layout on this project, as well as designing the webpage and doing the illustrations.




Get Rich Quick Scheme


Laugh cry transmogrify


Deer stuck in box


Leftover Soundtrack Snippets

I needed to come up with a ton of “harsh, youthy” soundtracks to 30-second ads for a big grant project I’m working on. These were rejected for not being abrasive enough. What I ended up going with was essentially a feedback loop with tons of distortion swells. It’s so easy it almost feels like cheating, but if it works there’s no shame in easy.

Sweep, Array, Spheres, Displacers