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 Equal Justice Initiative museum in Alabama. 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.
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.
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.
Director of Project Management and Executive Producer
Caitlin is fast approaching 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. Prior to joining Local Projects, she worked at Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Lord Cultural Resources. Caitlin holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, and a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU, Graduate School of Arts and Science, where she focused on museum and memory studies.
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.
Creative Director and Director of Creative Technology
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. His work has been exhibited at the Anthology Film Archives, the Hyde Park Art Center, 319 Scholes, Flux Factory, and Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna. Eric holds a BS from Northwestern and a MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Managing and Financial Director
Bobby serves as Chief Financial Officer at Local Projects. Prior to Local Projects, Bobby worked at Wolf 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.
Director of Physical Design
Nico Guillin 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. 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 received his MA in industrial design at the Ecole Superieure de Creation Industrielle, Paris.
Creative Director and Director of Interaction Design
John directs the Interaction Design department, while also serving as a creative director and interaction designer. Before Local Projects, John applied design and technology to development challenges at UNICEF, created software tools for fellow designers, and ran a small inter-disciplinary 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.
Director of Strategy
Nathan Adkisson is the Director of Strategy at Local Projects. His clients include numerous cultural institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. He recently launched Target Open House, a permanent concept store for the Internet of Things in downtown San Francisco. Before joining Local Projects, Nathan led projects for Crayola, Chobani, Belvedere, Google, Samsung, Sonos, Purina, AOL, and Fiji water. Before entering the world of design, Nathan was a reporter for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Project Manager
Before coming 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 is also an adjunct professor.
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.
Terrell is interested in cultural mechanics and social innovation. He attended North Carolina A&T State University, where he led an art-based student organization that raised scholarships for other students. He received his BA in Design with a minor in Art Management.
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.
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.
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.
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 from Germany, Italy, and the U.S. to her work at Local Projects. Nina focusses 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.
Senior Motion Designer
Myles works closely with his teammates on a variety of motion and 3D-driven projects. Before joining Local Projects, he worked as a staff motion designer at Magnet Media. Prior to that, he was a freelancer in Atlanta and New York for several years. Myles received his BA in Motion Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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. He received his MArch from the University at Buffalo and is a registered architect in New York.
Senior 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 realtime experiences. 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 came to LP as a summer intern and now works full-time as a Creative Technologist. Prior to arriving at LP, Avi attended Sarah Lawrence College, where he earned a BA 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. Before Local Projects, she lived in London where she co-created campaigns and content with young people aged 13-21 at Livity, a youth marketing agency based in Brixton. Prior to that, she served as an editorial assistant in the children's division of Penguin Books UK. Francie holds a MA in digital publishing from University College London and an honors BA in english literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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. She attended Carleton College, where she graduated with a BA in Cinema and Media Studies.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Creative Technologist
Matt Lohmann's primary focus is bringing engaging experiences to the web. Beginning studies in Architecture at the University of Arizona, he switched to earn a BFA in Visual Communications and Minor in Media Arts. After spending time in Richmond, Virginia and Bath, England he settled in Boston working for PUMA’s internal creative agency. Since then he has worked at Almighty, Syrup and B-Reel working with clients ranging from Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen to Google, Chuck Close and Canon Cameras.
Multi-platform producer Kristin Lovejoy has a rich interdisciplinary background. Building on her content focus for PBS as a documentary and interactive producer, she created award-winning culture and art specials and series for national broadcast and worldwide distribution, as well as web content. She 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. For Batwin+Robin Productions, she contributed to the creation of an immersive experience for the Rotunda at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, as well as digital scenic backdrops for two Broadway shows. She is a graduate of New York University and SUNY Purchase, and has an IB from the United Nations International School.
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.
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.
Visual Experience Designer
Prior to joining Local Projects, Anthony worked as a designer focusing on visual identity, type and book design, and spacial experiences. Besides 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.
Senior Physical Designer
Nima Vakili is a designer, maker, and a creative technologist. Ranked as one of the top students in the National University Entrance Exam of Iran, he attended the Bachelor of Architecture program at University of Tehran. Soon after graduation, he pursued his interest in interactive architecture by attending the joint Media Arts and Architecture Program offered by SUNY Buffalo and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, where he earned a dual Master's degree of Architecture and Fine Arts. Nima has exhibited work internationally at venues such as Media Architecture Biennale, and has been awarded the prestigious AED Neuland’s first-prize in the Exhibition and Public Spaces category. Nima is mainly interested in human-computer interaction, situated technologies, and embodied networks.
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 Architectural 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.
Visual Experience Designer
Danny's interests range from cyberpsychology to attempted home gardening. 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. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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 is currently part of the traveling museum exhibition "War/Photography" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Marijana studied Journalism at New York University.