Explore John Muir's Yosemiteis a web installation & iPad app illustrating the writings of John Muir through interactive photography and music.
Opera Connectis a design for social, technology-guided opera viewing experiences that create points of entry into opera for underserved audiences.
Daydreaming.comis a website & mobile app that generates customized pairings of video and music to fuel creativity, inspiration, and joy.
Field Guide: Golden Gateis a design for a mobile app that facilitates outdoor learning in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
"John Heiss on Charles Ives" and "The Marin Headlands in Fog"are experiments in non-linear, interactive video for the web.
With skills in Experience Design, Web & Mobile Design, Media Production, and Music Composition, I apply a combination of specialized technical knowledge, detail-oriented execution, and holistic, creative thinking to all of my work.
In many of my projects, I've handled everything from project management to videography to code. I've seen projects through from an inkling of an idea to a public-ready, functional implementation, whether it was a one-day experiment or a year-long production.
I've also recently been developing concepts for increasingly complex software systems and user experiences. I'm eager to collaborate on the iteration and implementation of these projects. Because I have experience with diverse disciplines and practices ranging from visual design to environmental education, I'm well-prepared to communicate meaningfully with, and work alongside, experts and specialists in other fields.
Examples of both types—fully-implemented solo projects and design concepts—are included in this website.
"I've worked with Nell throughout the stages of website concepting, design and development. She's extraordinary in all ways: extremely smart, imaginative, diverse in her way of looking at things, friendly, thoughtful, and thorough. I came to her with the shell of an idea and she went about ideating and iterating in a process that was impressive and thoroughly enjoyable."
—John Lowell, Senior Director of Business Development, Media at Monster Worldwide
Learning Strategy, Learning Design, User Research, User Testing, Interaction Design, Systems Architecture, Project Management
Design Documentation, Prototypes, Wireframes, Logic Flows, Storyboards, Scenarios, Personas, Sketches, User Surveys
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery Mobile, Popcorn.js, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Lucidchart, Paper by FiftyThree, Sublime Text, Google Drive
Responsive Web Design, Visual Design, Interface Design, Front-End Development
Mobile & Desktop Websites, Web Apps
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery Mobile, Wordpress, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Popcorn.js, Sublime Text
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Videography & Video Editing, Photography, Writing for Web & Narration, Audio Production & Audio Editing, Voice-Overs, Creating Graphic Assets for the Web
Video, Audio, Photographs, Graphics, Logos, Illustrations, Blogs, Text
Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, Logic Pro, GarageBand, Soundbooth, Microsoft Office
Visit nellshawcohen.com to view my full composition portfolio
Concert Music Composition, Scoring for Picture, Concert Production, Recording Production, Score & Parts Preparation, Rehearsal Coaching
Scores & Parts, Digital Music (Virtual Instruments), Live Concerts, Studio Recordings
Finale, Logic Pro, GarageBand, Soundbooth, lots and lots of emails!
Hi, I'm Nell Shaw Cohen. I'm a composer, multimedia artist, experience designer, and educational media producer based in Brooklyn, NY.
As a former unschooler and lifelong learner, my passion for learning drives my work. I want to create educational experiences that are enjoyable, meaningful, useful, and memorable, and which leverage the aesthetic and emotional impact of music and visuals—and the affordances of web and digital technologies—to the fullest.
My multidisciplinary music and media projects have led me to film in the badlands of New Mexico and the mountains of Yosemite; to interview prominent curators and scholars on subjects ranging from synesthesia to Charles Ives; and to attract grant support from New York University Steinhardt's Challenge Grants and New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department.
Having earned an Advanced Certificate (2015, GPA 4.0) from NYU's Digital Media Design for Learning program, I'm armed with a foundation of knowledge in learning theory, user experience design, interaction design, instructional design, and media for museums and public spaces.
My work in educational media is also rooted in my love of the arts. I'm a classically-trained composer with a Master of Music ('14) in Music Composition from NYU and a Bachelor of Music with Honors ('12) from New England Conservatory. I've written for chamber ensembles, orchestra, opera, voice, choir, wind ensemble, and rock band. My music has been performed in museums, concert halls, theaters, and salons. Visit nellshawcohen.com to learn more about my music and multimedia art.