I'm Lucio

– a designer with a passion for coding engaging stories online. Currently a Design Editor at The Washington Post helping the News Design team advance in digital storytelling, mentoring designers, providing both design and technical feedback and while still leading my own projects.

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Serial Killer Series

A three-part investigation series on law enforcement’s failure to catch the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

Role: Responsible for the project concept, design and its implementation. Commissioned and art directed illustrations.
Tools: Adobe XD, React, Next.js, PLX animation library
Awards: 2x SND 2020 "Award of Excellence" awards.

Mueller Report Illustrated

A book and digital interactive six-part series on the obstruction investigation with audio and animations.

Role: Lead digital designer and developer.
Tools: Adobe XD, React, PLX animation library, ffmpeg
Awards: New York Times Bestseller, The Indie Bestseller List, Amazon #1 New Release, Malofiej International Awards Gold Medal, 2019 SND Best in Show, 2019 SND Gold Medal, 2019 SND Silver Medal, 2019 SND Bronze Medal, x2 2019 SND Award of Excellence, 2019 Scripps Howards Award Finalist, 2x ONA Finalist

Mekong River

Story about displaced villages and a ruined ecosystem with audio narration from the reporter.

Role: Designer and developer.
Tools: Adobe XD, ScrollMagic.js
Awards: 2020 SND Award of Excellence.

Military Helicopter

A reconstruction of the movements of two D.C. Army National Guard helicopters that parked nearly still in the air over protesters, using flight-tracking data, images and videos.

Role: Designer and developer.
Tools: Adobe XD, React, Next.js, PLX animation library
Awards: 2020 SND Bronze Medal

Rose Garden Photo

An interactive project that zooms and pans to show who attended a possible superspreader event at the White House.

Role: After news starting breaking that more and more people were testing positive for coronavirus, I quickly designed and developed this alternative form of storytelling to show who attended this event and updated it as needed.
Tools: React, Next.js, ScrollMonitor

Washington Post Project Template Generator

A Node, React and Next.js based template that powers all of the custom interactive projects at The Washington Post.

Role: Part of the core developers and continuing to update. Working on designer workflows, onboarding and documentation.
About me

I'm a designer and web developer currently working at The Washington Post as a Design Editor. Providing project and technical feedback to a team of over 30 designers, improving designer's coding workflows and pushing for brand consistency.

Previously I worked at The San Francisco Chronicle, Hoy; Chicago Tribune's Spanish daily and The Chicago Reporter.

During my time in San Francisco I helped instruct a class on editorial web design and development at the Graduate School of Journalism in UC Berkeley and was the board President of the Bay Area chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

Outside of work, I was listed in Editor & Publisher’s 2019 “25 Under 35: The Future Generation of Newspaper Leaders.” I also co-founded Code Latino Chicago and the Latino Techies Chicago Meetup.

I’m originally from Compton, CA, and graduated from Cal State Fullerton (Go Titans) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photo Communications. During my time at Fullerton I was a photo editor at The Daily Titan. Prior to being a journalism major I was studying Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona (Go Broncos) where I was a photo editor at The Poly Post for two years before I transferred to Fullerton.

I am currently serving on the board of the NAHJ DC Chapter and am a member of the following orgs: SND, ONA and IRE.

Awards & Honors