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 FlackCheck.org 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.

Obama’s Numbers – July 2014 Update

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Every quarter I make one of these infographic type things for FactCheck.org that shows the president’s statistical record. These images kill on Facebook and get thousands of likes. Which is really cool for a completely non-partisan political literacy piece.

Unending Remorse

Unending Remorse

 

I got a reasonably opened ended GIF commission from a collector. This is called “Unending Remorse”. I love doing work like this.

Process Shot: Annenberg Summer Camp

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Working on branding for a big project at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Normally my workflow for brand design is to make a rough layout in Illustrator, print it out, work on it by hand using markers and white-out, then scan it and refine it in Photoshop until it has the right “feel”. Then I redraw it entirely from scratch in Illustrator. It takes a while, but I almost always iron out potential design issues by doing it this way.

Process Shot: Bear & Walrus Bandcamp header

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True story: I hand draw all the little glyphs on the Bear & Walrus Bandcamp page. I could never get them to look right when they’re this small by resizing them, so it’s easier to just draw them with a mouse right onto the header graphic.

For Your Grodmother

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What I did on my lunch break today.

White House Wage Gap

Quick video I threw together for FlackCheck explaining why Marsha Blackburn’s “88 cents to the dollar” claim is sort of lame.

Process Shot: Dithering

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Have you ever tried to dither an image by hand instead of programmatically? It is fun. A very meditative practice.