web work

GetFacts - 2016

This site is in the alpha stage, soon to be beta. It replaces APL's older version of the site. I conducted user and stakeholder interviews before beginning the redesign effort, so as to best inform the new site design. The new version of the site will allow users to login and save and share custom demographic reports. With the new design, users are also able to download data in the formats that are most useful to them and their work. View the alpha site

Tools & Build: D3.js, Mapnik, tilestrata, Backbone.js, Phantom.js, Node.js, Grunt, Python, postgreSQL, MongoDB

Mapping Data Across Geography - 2015

This site is still in the alpha stage, due to research delays. It serves as an example of how data with margins of error can be mapped across geographies. It currently draws from an artificial data set. The site allows the user to look at the demographic breakdowns within selected geographies.

Tools & Build: D3.js, Leflet.js, Phantom.js, Node.js, postgreSQL

APL's Website - 2015

I completed an overhaul of APL's website with a modern design in 2014, including a responsive layout to make the site mobile-friendly. View the site.

Tools & Build: HTML, Sass, Grunt, Node.js, postgreSQL

50 Years of Change - 2013

Data is at the heart of this interactive regarding LGBT rights. The visualization tracks state laws passed over a 50 year span of time, leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 in June of 2013. The display of data allows viewers to see historical trends in a new way. view map

Recognition: 2013 NACIS Student Narrative Dynamic Map Winner | Visual.ly Staff Pick| | featured in Peachpit article by Alberto Cairo

Tools & Build: D3, jQuery, GitHub, Balsamiq


HIV Vulnerability - 2012

This graphic weaves together statistics and information related to HIV vulnerability in Thailand. A large component of the graphic is based on a recent UNESCO survey conducted in Northern Thailand

Tools Leveraged: ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, JavaScript

Damming the Mekong - 2012

This long-form scroll infographic shows how communities living on and around the Mekong River will be impacted by impending large-scale damming projects in the final stages of proposal.

Tools Leveraged: ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, JavaScript

about me

I strive to create powerful data-driven web applications that are both easy and fun to use.

The focus of my studies while at UW-Madison were on interactive cartography and user-centered design. I hold a particular appreciation for cartography, because it allows people to notice patterns and derive insights that can only be seen through a spatial lens. In addition, over the last several years while navigating through disorganized and complicated mapping interfaces that are widely available, I have come to learn first-hand the power of developing clean and simple user interfaces, as well as the unrivaled beauty of a sound stack.

Since completing my Masters degree, I have worked at the Applied Population Laboratory at UW-Madison as their in-house Geo-Web Developer. Since I have been at APL, I have overhauled their stack to use linux-based servers for production and development, running Nginx as the http server and reverse proxy. Git is an essential tool for my production process, from development to deployment. Since much of our work is spatial-based, PostgreSQL and PostGIS are a part of the stack, alongside MongoDB when there is no need for a relational DB.

I am always focused on how to communicate complex (and often big) data in simple terms and user-friendly interfaces. I am most proud of my work that distills complex and technical subject matters into easy-to--use guides and interfaces, and I have a lot of fun doing it!


Geo-Web Developer at Applied Population Lab UW-Madison


M.S. Cartography, University of Wisconsin Madison 2014

B.A. Geography, Portland State University (2009)

Life Time Learner - focusing on technology, web design, simplicity, and communication


HTML, CSS / Sass, JavaScript, D3.js, Node.js, Mapnik, GDAL, Leflet.js, ArcGIS, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Sass, User Centered Design, User Interface Design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop


Winter bike commuting, cooking (major foodie), fetch with my dog, crossfit, tinkering around with new tech toys and apps

Co-Organizer of Maptime Madison chapter


My Masters research focused on the learnability of interactive interfaces and interaction strategies in neocartography. Questions that I explored are: How does a user know how to use an interface? When does transparency no longer work? How does complexity affect learnability? Which help/learning tools are the most effective in particular in conveying different types of knowledge?


A link to my resume


Email: Rashauna.Mead@gmail.com

LinkedIn: Profile

Twitter: @rashaunamead