I'm a full-stack creative developer with experience using a wide breadth of technologies to build out engaging and immersive interactives for global audiences. I thrive in high-caliber and collaborative environments where I can dream big.
I'm currently the Senior Web Developer on the interactive digital team at Discovery, Inc.'s in-house creative agency.Where's Ross?
Discovery VR was initially an incubator project that was conceptualized, designed, and launched by the digital agency team at Discovery. We produced 360 video content for multi-platform experiences across web, mobile (iOS/Android), Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
I lead the technical development, architecture, and API modeling for the mobile apps and accompanying website. I was also responsible for creating the custom video streaming profiles across all platforms.
As part of Discovery's Motor Monday's programming producers wanted to compliment the television show Street Outlaws by giving the super-fans a way to show off their custom cars and compete in a 6-week bracket contest.
I lead the development of a real-time user-generated site that allowed fans to upload pictures, videos, and details about their rides and profile creation. Users could vote, comment, edit and share their profiles on social networks.
Lords of the BoardsOverview
Discovery Channel's move back to scripted series looked at the history of one of America's most iconic brands: Harley Davidson. This is a digital extension of the show's telling of how in the early days of motorcycle racing was a blood sport with little or no regard for safety. The racers literally raced in what was called, "The Murderdrome."
Along with building out the front-end, I was responsible for making the large hero cinemagraphs come to life using canvas.
MythBusters is an iconic show for Discovery and for their final season, we wanted to give users a look back at their famous Blueprint Room and showcase the most memorable myths. In this 360 panoramic experience, users can interact with props in the room, watch highlights from Jamie and Adam, view 360 images, and deep-link to individual locations.
Using KRPano, I created the interactions the user could take around the room and focused on a lean mobile experience.
Deadliest Catch 360Overview
After a hugely popular behind-the-scenes tour from from a previous season of Deadliest Catch, the digital producers wanted to create something much more immersive - a 360 panoramic view of the 3 most popular ships from the show: Northwestern, Time Bandit, and Cornelia Marie.
By using KRPano, users are able to navigate throughout the 75+ locations across all 3 ships and see their favorite places and some never seen places up close and personal. I used the Web Audio API extensively for distinct engine sounds and commentary from the crew. I also later enabled a Web VR experience that could be used with Google Cardboard or the Samsung Gear VR browser.
This media-rich and internationalized site promoted Discovery Channel's "tent-pole" project, "Skyscraper Live," a live globally televised event for Nik Wallenda's attempt to walk across two skyscrapers in downtown Chicago. The site supported 19 regions and 13 languages which showcased Nik's training, behind the scenes photos, and a 3D interactive walk. The site supported the digital broadcast and gave users the chance to follow along with a second screen experience tracking Nik's progress across the wire.
I supported the building out of the front-end application and layout, including internationlizing and localizing content, geo-location routing, and building custom video player logic.
Project C.A.T. is an effort by Discovery, Inc. and their partner the World Wildlife Fund to support a global effort to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. This collaboration aims to ensure a healthy habitat for future generations of tigers by helping conserve nearly two million acres of protected land in India and Bhutan.
The site was originally designed to be a small static site to bring attention to these endagered tigers and their ecosystem, but it now supports rich media content, internationalization and localized content, and donations.
Discovery Channel's digital producers for the scripted series, "Manhunt: Unabomber" wanted to give their users a deeper look at the events that were covered in the 3-part miniseries. This timeline based site includes clips from the series, 360 panos of his cabin, historial photographs, and covers the events of Ted Kaczynski's life and through his conviction.
I was responsible for building out the layout and main navigation, including the scroll-aware timeline.
Whale Wars: Blood and WaterOverview
This interactive storytelling experience dives into the history of whale hunting and the strife of Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Santuary of Antartica.
Eurosport | US Open
To support new ad sales avenues in our international regions, I worked on a quick prototype site for Eurosport which could live as a standalone experience in a CMS. The site told the story of the life of a ball girl at the US Open and a look at the requirements and training involved.