Hi, I'm Matt.

I love to tell stories on the web, taking data and shaping it into something compelling through analysis and visualization.

I've co-founded a startup, have a degree in physics, and am a self-taught developer. I'm always looking for interesting projects to work on, so if you'd like to work with me you should get in touch.

My Recent Work

Beyond The Fat Arrow: Functional Programming In Javascript

April 2016

A quick survey of functional concepts and a discussion of the perils of mutating state and how you can use immutable data structures to protect against unwanted side effects in your javascript today.

Programmer Artist: LakeBrite at the ECHO Center

December 2015

LakeBrite is a 7,500 node, 3D LED matrix installed at the ECHO Center in 2015. As the first "programmer artist" for the installation, I helped design the interface to the LEDs as well as developed the first handful of data visualizations used in the 24ft x 9ft x 5ft display.

Improving The Weather On Twitter: Using NWS Data To Make Animated Radar GIFs

July 2015

How I used National Weather Service data and imagery to make a network of twitter bots that post regional radar GIFs with improved palettes and projections.

Negotiating HTTP/2: ALPN And The TLS Handshake

April 2015

The HTTP/2 specification was approved on February 18, 2015 and implimentation has already begun. In this post, I explain how HTTP/2 will be negotiated in today's web.

Mt. Mansfield Snow Depth

February 2015

A data visualization that allows users to compare the snow depth on Mt. Mansfield for a particular season against the historical record. This chart was used as an example of an effective visualization in "Good Charts" by the Harvard Business Review, was retweeted by Edward Tufte (who wrote the book on data visualization), and was shared by the Washington Post on their "Know More" blog.

wxGIF: Beautiful Radar Made For Twitter

January 2015

A network of 15 Twitter bots that tweeted animated radar GIFs every 2 hours (until I shut down the service in April 2017). I took static NWS images, changed the projection, basemap, and palette—making it color-blind friendly and more intuitive—and strung the images together into GIFs.

Lake Champlain Watershed

September 2014

A map of my home, the Lake Champlain Watershed. Published occasionally by VPR and printed full page by the Burlington Free Press on January 3, 2016. Full resolution PNG (for screen) and JPEG (for print).

Live From The Fort

August 2014

The homepage for VPR's web-only music video series, a la Tiny Desk Concerts.

Lyme On The Rise: A Look At The Numbers

July 2014

A data project for Vermont Public Radio on the growth of Lyme Disease over the last 15 years. Includes an interactive bar graph of New England and small multiples of Vermont and the continental United States showing the infection's expanded range. Published in the open with links to the data.

Vermonters Without Borders

December 2013

A crowd sourced interactive map of the international volunteer efforts of Vermonters; complimenting a Vermont Edition segment on the same subject.

Under The Hood

November 2013

A news app that explained how Vermont Health Connect works and—when it didn't—showed where it was broken.

Vermont Livability Index

October 2013

An app that created a personalized livability map of Vermont towns.