Andy Cochran

civic innovator, designer, open‑source developer

I believe that technology can help cities work better through transparency and participatory engagement. I accomplish this by building software that's well crafted, accessible, and easy to use. I advocate for the advancement of open data policies. And I regularly contribute to open‑source libraries which further standards, security, and reliability.


New York City Council 2015-present

As the Lead Designer/Developer of NYC Council's Digital Strategies Division, I've implemented Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's plan for digital inclusion and open government.

  The new council.nyc.gov

To test new ways for NYC Council to share information and engage residents, I built a beta website using an iterative process throughout 2016. It's now Council's official website. Its human-centered, mobile-first design approach and focus on accessibility ensures that the site works for anyone, regardless of which devices or assistive technologies they use.

I streamlined workflows and increased the efficiency of overburdened staff by creating WordPress Multisite themes customized to the specific needs of Council Districts and Divisions. I designed user workflows so residents can more easily discover their Council Member/District, including an interactive map and search functionalities.

Advocating for users, I worked with Council staff to compile institutional knowledge and design content that's understandable and intuitive. This demystification was crucial in clarifying for residents what Council does and how they can participate.

I created brand guidelines that put content first, establishing a clear and concise voice that avoids governmental jargon, and a visual identity that increases readability and consistency.

  #SheWillBe (Young Women's Initiative)

I created a digital campaign that empowered young women to join in on conversations with leaders and organizers to identify gaps in services for young women of color, resulting in policy recommendations that address those disparities.

I designed and developed shewillbe.nyc along with brand guidelines and print materials. And I built a meme generator that let young women share their aspirations by changing their avatars or uploading images to social media, which helped the campaign go viral.

  East Harlem Plan

I built the eastharlemplan.nyc microsite to engage residents and local stakeholders in meaningful conversations about the future of East Harlem. This site helped participants to develop a community-based vision and strategy for implementation.


OpenPlans 2008-2015

As Design & Creative Director at OpenPlans (a non-profit civic tech incubator), I contributed open‑source code to web apps, collaborative mapping services, real-time transit trackers, multi-modal trip planners, geospatial software, and other civic engagement tools. I was involved in projects from ideation through implementation and helped roll out mature initiatives into their own for-profit companies.

Shareabouts  GitHub

Shareabouts is an online mapping tool for crowdsourcing public input about places. Easily drop pins on a map and have discussions about those places. This mobile-friendly web app has been used to suggest bike share locations, identify dangerous intersections, survey community assets, propose capital projects, and provide feedback for other city planning and design issues.

  Chicago DOT Bike Parking / Abandoned Bikes

Request a new bike rack or report an abandoned bike in Chicago. Upload a pic of the location. Discuss it. Check its status.

  New York City Vision Zero Input Map

With Google Street View integration, pedestrians place markers in 3D space to identify dangerous walking issues with great precision.

  Chicago DOT Divvy Bikes Suggestions

Community input determines how to expand the bike share system with the most stations in North America.

  NYC Council Participatory Budgeting Ideas Map

Residents collaboratively decide how to spend part of the capital budget in their communities through a democratic grassroots process.

  Our Miami Public Space Challenge

Miami-Dade County residents suggested ideas for improving public space and tracked funding progress of winning ideas.

  New York City Bike Share Suggestions

In this WordPress prototype for what would become Shareabouts, residents proposed and discussed tens of thousands of station locations, showing their support for bike share in NYC.


Zurb Yetinauts 2015-present

  Foundation for Sites

I'm part of the select group of core contributors dubbed Yetinauts by the ZURB team. With direct write access to the Foundation for Sites codebase, we support and encourage a community of over 850 developers and guide the evolution of the web's most advanced responsive front-end framework.


Other Work Experience

  Artiphon

The Artiphon Instrument 1 is a device that can be played like a guitar, piano, drum pad, synthesizer and many other instruments. Along with Art Director Chris Ammons, I built a custom WordPress and Shopify themes that tell this Nashville startup's brand story.

Circle at Seven Studio, Inc. 2003-2008

At this boutique agency, I specialized in high-quality design for non-profit organizations, managing the entire process — from initial client contact, estimates, and proposals through production, delivery, and invoicing. We offered a broad range of services including web design, identity/branding, illustration, print design, packaging, books, periodicals, mailers, posters, screen graphics, and…well, you name it!

  • Louisville Magazine
    Assistant Art Director '01-'03
  • Specialty Engraving
    Production Artist '00-'01
  • Trader Publishing Co.
    Production Artist '99-'00

Education

Maryland Institute College of Art 1999

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, Minor in Art History

Skills
  •  Responsive Web Design
  •  HTML5
  •  CSS/SASS
  •  UI
  •  UX
  •  Open Source
  •  Accessibility
  •  Git
  •  JavaScript/jQuery
  •  Foundation for Sites
  •  Maps (Leaflet, Carto, Mapbox)
  •  PHP (WordPress)
  •  Brand/Identity
  •  Typography
  •  Agile/Scrum
  •  Gulp
  •  NPM
  •  Bower
  •  Jekyll
  •  Python (Django)
  •  Data Visualization
  •  User Testing
  •  Grunt
  •  Bootstrap
I code with Yetis
I'm a core contributor to the Foundation for Sites front-end framework.
I make art
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I listen to indie music.

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I'm a soccer supporter

USMNT

Red Bull New York

Louisville City FC

Everton

Even soccer has civic role models.