jordan dalton

web development, interaction design, social practice, education
jordan@jordandalton.com

I'm interested in how technologies (both new and old) can help us tell stories to one another, and in what our stories tell us about ourselves. I like buried streams, phonography, and programming on the beach. I build websites, provide technology consulting, design installations, plan workshops and events, and play nicely with others.

Design / Development

Glass Bottom Float

The Glass Bottom Float is an Intel-funded innovative beach-based water monitoring and research program. I managed seven employees, oversaw IRB-approved delivery of surveys to beach-goers, deployment, status, and retrieval of custom-built buoy, and organized a series of roundtable conversations. I also wrote, managed and debugged custom Python software for data collection and visualization, designed and developed the project website, developed real-time data visualizations using PHP and MySQL, managed site content, and created a custom user interface with Javascript and PHP.

Massachusetts Avenue Project

The Massachusetts Avenue Project is a youth-run urban farm and food access advocacy organization. I worked collaboratively with a staff designer to develop a custom Wordpress template. My responsibilities included user interface design, training of staff, and content management.

Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies

I developed a new website for the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies, a technology-oriented research program of the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning. I worked collaboratively with a staff designer to develop a custom WordPress template. I also assisted with user interface design and content management.

Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo

I designed and developed a new website for this community healthcare not-for-profit. I created a custom WordPress template, audited and managed content, trained their staff and board, and consulted on their communication and outreach strategies.

Teaching

Intro to New Media: The Placeful Screen in a Changing Place

This course provides a thorough introduction to the tool that lies at the center of (and connects) nearly all “new media” technologies: the website. In this course, you will learn to design and develop a website from scratch using HTML, CSS, and a basic text editor and FTP client, as well as to use tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, iMovie, and Audacity to edit, optimize, and upload images, text, video and sound. In order to encourage you to engage with the “real world” away from the screen and to explore the dynamic region of Western New York, you will select a local or regional issue, problem, or controversy (economic, political, cultural, environmental, or otherwise) to critically explore and document throughout the duration of the course.

Intro to New Media: New Media Ecologies

While in contemporary media theory the word “ecology” typically refers to an abstracted network of interactions between humans and their technologies, this course suggests another, broader application of the term, which places (new) media technologies in the broader context of regional (and global) ecological systems. This course will use regionally significant contemporary issues including watershed activism, land preservation, climate change, and pollution and waste storage as a lens through which to explore new media production tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator (or their open-source analogs), basic HTML and CSS, and the free and open-source audio editing tool Audacity, as well as other tools as interest and time allows.

Introduction to Web Design

This six-week workshop was offered at Squeaky Wheel to provide an introduction to the design and development of websites from scratch through hand-coding HTML and CSS. Particular emphasis was placed on the history of HTML and CSS, as well as contemporary design trends such as responsive layouts, parallax scrolling, embedding native rich media using HTML5, and more.

Advanced Web Design

This four-week workshop was offered at Squeaky Wheel as a follow-up course to Introduction to Web Design. Students were encouraged to bring design ideas and sketches to develop in-class. Concepts and tools covered included vanilla Javascript and Javascript libraries like JQuery as well as an introduction to PHP.

Introduction to WordPress

This four-week workshop at Squeaky Wheel provided an introduction to the WordPress blogging and content management platform, from how to use the Dashboard, publish posts, and manage users, to widgets and plugins, to customizing themes using CSS and creating new themes and templates with PHP.

Beyond the Multitude

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Beyond the Multitude is a series of projects exploring the relationship between a post-industrial city and a stream that runs through its heart. Projects have included a tour and inspection of a buried section of the creek (pictured here), a proposal for "sonic daylighting," an installation asking participants to simulate Buffalo's waste water treatment system, an art exhibit curated in coordination with a waterfront clean-up, and a participatory mapping installation. Photo by Shasti O'Leary Soudant.

Ecological Disaster Tours

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How can the paradigm of disaster tourism (flaws and all) be used to understand and memorialize sites of ecological disaster? Does physical presence help us to move beyond the acronyms (CERCLA, RCRA, FUSRAP, and so on) and the databases and begin to understand the personal costs of industrial production, resource extraction, waste disposal, and nuclear engineering? How can the tourist's gaze assist in building a body of documentation of sites that are not meant to be noticed, let alone photographed? I've led a variety of tours throughout the Western New York region in an attempt to tackle these questions.

Other Work

Fishsong/Wormsong

Site-specific sound installation in an under-construction hoophouse for urban aquaponics

Wormsong: Big Night

Sound installation

Worm (Boom) Box

Amplified vermicomposting

Parktrack

Prototype parking enforcement tracking system