Hi there! I’m a Web developer and musician in Chicago.
Writing / blog
- 1/24 Why Chicago needs to stop playing by Silicon Valley’s rules
- 1/13 Adrian and Jacob retiring as Django BDFLs
- 11/17 Google+ and YouTube tech disaster report
Latest video: "All The Things You Are" fingerstyle guitar
I'm currently building Soundslice, quite possibly the best guitar tablature software ever!
It does a ton of fancy HTML5 stuff, and you can find out more by watching this talk I gave at 37signals.
I founded EveryBlock, a neighborhood news and discussion site, in 2007. It was sold to msnbc.com in 2009. I worked there until mid-2012. Unfortunately msnbc.com was later bought by NBC News, which decided to shut it down in early 2013.
I’ve been thinking and writing about "journalism via computer programming" for a while now, and an essay I wrote about this in 2006 inspired the awesome, Pulitzer-Prize-winning site Politifact. I’ve been lucky enough to speak at conferences around the world about how journalists can be smarter about data.
My 2005 site chicagocrime.org (now superceded by EveryBlock) was one of the original Google Maps mashups and influenced a bunch of stuff. It played a small part in influencing Google to release a mapping API; the New York Times named it one of the year's best ideas; it inspired the creation of the Mashable blog. Most importantly, it helped a lot of Chicagoans get a sense of neighborhood crime.
In the media
- 'Hyperlocal' Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers (New York Times)
- Adrian's vision for data-friendly journalists (The Guardian)
- The Man With the Golden Mashup (Chicago Tribune Magazine)
- The Mashup Man (American Journalism Review)
- The programmer as journalist (OJR)
- 40 Under 40 (Crain's Chicago Business)
To get in touch with me, you can either use this form or e-mail adrian [at] holovaty.com.