Joe Wheeler

I’m a Design Strategist who shapes digital services for nonprofits, storytellers, and mission-driven organizations. I’ve worked with journalists in Kenya, human rights NGOs in Fiji, and MTV that one time.

 

CURRENT POSITION
Design Strategist at MSK

LOCATION
New York

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As a freelancer, I have to play a lot of different roles, but my work tends to fall into three main categories: Digital Product Design, Service Design & Strategy, and Data Visualization & Visual Narrative.

 

Employment

LEAD UX RESEARCHER, Academy
I lead the planning and execution of Academy's user research with a small team of researchers and designers. This includes stakeholder interviews, usability prototyping, and developing action driven recommendations to deliver to our clients and design team.

DESIGN STRATEGIST, MSK Cancer Center
I am working as part of the Design and Innovation Group at MSK which involves collaboration with different stakeholders throughout the hospital including clinicians, patients and caregivers, to breakdown complex problems, find opportunities for interventions, design new solutions, and ultimately improve the patient experience at MSK.

HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN CONSULTANT, GAIN
I consulted with GAIN to integrate human-centered design into a new program delivering nutritional supplements to mothers and newborns in Guatemala, Colombia, and Mexico. For this engagement, I designed and facilitated three design-thinking workshops with public health experts, nutritionists, community leaders and mothers.

UX / UI DESIGNER, Murmur Co.
I worked with the Murmur team to conceptualize and develop desktop and mobile storytelling platforms. I created site maps, wireframes, and finalized digital mock-ups, as well as graphic elements and data visualization designs for our projects.

DESIGN FACILITATOR, Magnum Foundation
As part of Magnum’s Photography Expanded initiative, I facilitate collaborations between photographers, journalists, and other media makers, guiding the creative direction of multiple interactive narratives and challenging documentary photographers to plan their social impact through user-centered thinking.

ADVISOR, ICAAD
I am a long-time member of the advisory board for ICAAD, a human rights organization fighting discrimination internationally. I support by leading co-design workshops and consulting on projects involving new technology and media, including machine learning, data visualization, virtual reality and documentary film.

Achievements

PULITZER CENTER GRANTEE
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Journalism Grant
For What Went Wrong? 

FIRST PRIZE IN IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING
World Press Photo's 2017 Digital Storytelling Contest
For THE DIG with The Skin Deep & Murmur

IMPACT AFRICA GRANT WINNER
Investigative Data-journalism Grant
For What Went Wrong?

"LOOK DIFFERENT CHALLENGE" WINNER
MTV’s Look Different Campaign
For LookDeeper.org


Education

MASTERS OF FINE ARTS in Transdisciplinary Design
Parsons, The New School for Design
School of Design Strategies

BACHELORS OF ARTS in Architecture
Washington University in St. Louis
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Second Major in Religious Studies

 

If you are interested, feel free to check out my full resume. If you want to chat or collaborate on a project, you can reach me at hey@josephrw.com. Look forward to hearing from you!