Verbatm (2015-2017) was founded with the aim of building the world's first platform for multimedia, immersive story-telling that served the nuanced needs of a Black Lives Matter. In 2015, social media was changing the nature of journalism and news media. Social media was undermining traditional power structures that dictated which stories were reported and which perspectives were prioritized.
Designing Verbatm was a monumental challenge. There were technological, social, political, and cultural factors to identify, weigh, and synthesize into a product and user experience. I worked with a variety of stakeholders, such as activists, journalists, everyday citizens, students, prosecutors, and the police. This ambitious goal, however, deterred neither myself nor the team I was leading from meeting the moment. We launched Verbatm in 2015 and grew our user base to hundreds of story-tellers, each reporting from the streets and documenting protests, rallies, workshops, and events centered around justice for Black and Brown lives impacted by police brutality.
Founder and Design Director.