J. Nathan Matias Creative Portfolio, December 2010
Philadelphia Fullerine (documentary)
Philadelphia Fullerine (research)
Comparing Spatial Hypertext Collections
Tragedy in Electronic Literature
Ethical Explanations
Operational Media Online
Syntagmatic Browser
Tinderbox Web Viewer
Truth, Trust, and the Textual Camera
Web Art Science Camp London 2010
E-LitCamp Boston 2009
Accordion for the World
The Hacktatus: Wittgenstein Design Project
Academic Integrity Marketing
Literary Choice in Interactive Fiction
Non-Portfolio Academic Work
Emberlight: Visual Notes Online
Scaling for kgb's Super Bowl Television Ad
kgb Multiroom Web Chat Interface
Dr. Johnson: A Rapid Prototyping Framework
Dressipi Sibyl
Harbour Coffee Online Sales Interface
Elizabethtown College Admissions
Etown.edu Information Architecture
Texperts and the Knowledge Generation Bureau
Performance Testing & Instrumenting Web Applications
kgb Web Application Interface Integration
Workstation Status Dashboard
Back of the Envelope
Design & Art
Swift-Speare: Statistical Poetry
Stretchtext Authoring System
Recital: Notes from an Itinerant Mind
Exhibit: Abolitionism in Britain
Sculpture: Read for the Sky
Visual Summaries Project
Design: Competetive Debate
Radio Show: Echoes of America
Design: Edward Tufte at Intelligence2
The Normative Decisionmaking Model
Card Storytelling Software
Projects with Tinderbox
Libyan Higher Education Documentary
World University Documentary Prototype
The University Lives Collection
The Ministry of Stories
Timelines for Citizen Case Management
Cambridge Union Society E-Voting Policies
Etown.edu Information Architecture
Summer, 2004
Information Architecture design for Elizabethtown College website

In the summer of 2004, I was asked to work as an information architect on the Elizabethtown College website redesign project.

This project won the highest functionality rating possible from the US National Research Center for College University Admissions. The award was specifically focused on information architecture: "Grades were earned based on the ability of a college or university admissions website to take students from a prospect to applicant."

My role involved:

  • Aggregating all of the existing information about college programs, in print and digital form
  • Integrating the website with the datasources used to generate the printed catalogs
  • Designing the information flow through Etown's online catalog
  • Refactoring large parts of our old website, in a way which preserved the website's existing links and search engine results
  • Developing a prototype content management system for copy editors to work on
  • Managing a team of students to copy edit the new site

Here are some screenshots of my designs for the site information architecture:

Academic Courses at Elizabethtown College, 2004 Academic Department Clusters, Elizabethtown College, 2004 Academic Detail: the Fine and Performing Arts department

The 2004 design for that site no longer exists, but I occasionally notice sections which retain the old structure and code.