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👋🏼 Hi! I'm Lou.

You may remember me from Streetmix, Bad Idea Factory, Mapzen or Code for America. I also have a personal website.

I am a UI engineer with old-school proficiency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript and new-school opinions on front-end development. My specialties include civic technology, design, and digital mapping, and I almost always work in open source. In a previous life, I worked in architecture and urban design, and I continue to lean on my background and experience there to navigate the murky ethics of technology today.

You can contact me for collaboration opportunities if you also believe that all technology work is inherently political (as opposed to neutral), and in the redistribution of wealth and power in the service of equity for all.

A collection of screenshots from projects

Here's an overview of some fairly recent personal and professional projects I like to show off. Links will go to code repositories because if you're on GitHub you might be interested in how I write and organize code. Links to deployments will be present on each repository page.


Streetmix is a civic engagement platform for street design. I was one of the founders of this project from Code for America in 2013 and have been maintaining it since.

Tangram Play

Tangram Play is an editor for Tangram.js, a WebGL-based rendering engine for maps. I worked on this while employed at Mapzen.


LCARS is the fictional user interface from Star Trek that I've recreated in the browser.

The Weekender HD Remaster

The Weekender HD Remaster is a remake of NYC's retro-inspired weekend subway status map.

Vision 2020: Seat at the Table

Vision 2020: Seat at the Table commemorates the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote with an interactive history exhibit at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center.


Scriptchat turns Slack transcripts into screenplays.

Miscellaneous things

New York City's MTA subway bullets don't have consistent styling, for some reason. So I made my own.

MTA Subway Bullets

I remade the Semiotic Standard icons from Alien (1979) because I liked it so much I wanted to make stickers of them.

Semiotic Standard

I've been playing around with Linux. I made dotfiles but more importantly I made a graphic for my dotfiles repo that I'm somehow more proud of than learning Linux.


The last word of this page

I strongly believe in upholding a healthy work-life balance, and for me, that includes video games, travel, photography, and snowboarding. Here's a photo from Iceland! 😎


You can see some of my other (public) photos on Smugmug.


  1. Streetmix makes it easy for people to design public spaces together.

    JavaScript 572 182

  2. weekender Public archive

    Unofficial proof-of-concept modern update for MTA's Weekender.

    JavaScript 21 3

  3. Find the NYC community board you live in

    JavaScript 9 1

  4. SVG icons for the NYC MTA subway lines

    JavaScript 45 8

  5. bart Public

    An old-school BART sign.

    JavaScript 1

  6. For all commercial trans-stellar utility lifter and heavy element transport spacecraft. — April 16, 2078

    56 4

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Contribution activity

June 2022

Created 13 commits in 2 repositories

Created a pull request in streetmix/streetmix that received 2 comments

Miscellaneous deprecations

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Opened 1 other pull request in 1 repository
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