Is this the mask that inspired the Seahawks logo?

What inspired the Seattle Seahawks logo design? I asked Burke Ethnology Curator Robin K. Wright if she could look into that question because I thought it would make a great blog post and social media content for the Burke to feature as the Seattle Seahawks prepare to play in the Superbowl game this Sunday. The result?

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Robin discovered that there is an incredible mask that closely resembles the original Seahawks logo design. I worked with her on editing an article for our blog and created graphics to share on our social platforms.

It’s been just over 24 hours since I published the blog post and it has already had nearly 35,000 views (and counting)! The Facebook graphic I posted has already reached more than 46,000 people thanks to the hundreds of people that are sharing it. It’s hard to remove my eyes from those ever-changing stats!

PS – If you click on the photo above it will animate. I had a bit of fun testing out animation concepts in Photoshop tonight and thought I’d share my first one.  Cheers!

Blog post inspires Seattle Times/AP story

Otoliths

My favorite days at the Burke are when I can go into the collections and help tell a story about why we collect. Last fall, I heard about a collection of two million fish ear bones, called otoliths, that were being added to our fish collection and went to report about the incredible environmental insights we can learn from these tiny, but invaluable, fish ear bones.

I wrote a Burke Blog post about the collection and eventually expanded it into a story for QUEST Science. It caught the attention of a Seattle Times science reporter who wrote an expanded piece for the front page of the Sunday, July 21, 2013 Northwest section of the newspaper. Her editors submitted the story to the Associated Press and it was picked up by newspapers and online media across the nation. If only I could get that kind of reach out of each blog post…

Every object has a story to tell

Since starting at the Burke Museum, I’ve wanted to take my camera behind-the-scenes in all of the collections to document some of the day-to-day activities, incredible objects, and research that takes place. We believe that each of the more than 15 million objects in our collections has a story to tell, and we’re experimenting with the best ways to use digital and in-person storytelling experiences to plan for the “New Burke.” I edited together this short video to give a glimpse at some of the objects we collect and why. Enjoy!

New brand, new plans, new micro-site

Burke Museum new micro-site

We’re rolling out a beautiful new brand at the Burke Museum, but it’s part of bigger plans for the “New Burke,” a flagship natural history museum that inspires wonder and pride about the Northwest and our place in the world. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this team, and I’m proud of the micro-site my boss and I worked on with Tag Creative Studio to demonstrate the new brand: http://lifebeforeyou.org.

The story behind a photograph

The Burke Museum’s International Conservation Photography Awards exhibit featured some incredible nature photographs. I met with three of the award-winning photographers as they toured the exhibit. Canadian photographer TJ Watt, a regular explorer of the remaining old-growth rainforests on Vancouver Island, B.C., told me about his photograph, “Last Stands.”

Designing print materials

I was responsible for designing and publishing all types of communications and marketing materials for KCTS Television and Stanwood-Camano School District. Here are some of the print items I designed: