This book was a labor of love for Rogers Park, the neighborhood where I grew up on the very far north side of Chicago. I sourced photos from the Rogers Park Historical Society, and biked around reshooting them from the same angle as many as 100 and as little as 20 years later. The final output showcased the photographs, data visualizations of the neighborhood's evolution, and an interview with my neighbor Mrs. Martin, a lifelong resident.
A turning point in my design practice
This project was significant for me because it evolved my design methods. It provided a way for me to connect with my family and neighbors through design, which I enjoyed and began to seek out more. It also shifted my perspective of the role of research in my design process. These experiences set me on a path towards research driven human and community centered design. This led me to the urban planning studio at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and later to the discipline of Experience Design.