Social Media/Digital Projects for Stanford Journalism

Vignesh Branding, Data, Infographics + Graphic Design, Social Media, Still Photography, Video, Web Design, Writing

For the Stanford Journalism Program and the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab, I built branding, new websites and have managed both their digital presences for four years – including establishing a Twitter presence from scratch and growing a Facebook account. GROWTH IN FOLLOWERS AND LIKES: BEFORE: AFTER MY REDESIGN – FALL 2014: NEW LAB LAUNCH – FALL 2015: COMPUTATION + JOURNALISM … Read More

Are traffic stops prone to racial bias?

Vignesh Data, Writing

Published on: The Marshall Project – https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/06/21/are-traffic-stops-prone-to-racial-bias ARE TRAFFIC STOPS PRONE TO RACIAL BIAS? An attempt to find out confronts a frayed patchwork of data across the country. By VIGNESH RAMACHANDRAN and KATIE KRAMON How often does race come into play when cops stop motorists? The answer is: Nobody really knows. In the last few years, videos of traffic stops have … Read More

Interview with actor Karan Soni

Vignesh Writing

Published on: OZY – http://www.ozy.com/rising-stars/from-att-commercials-to-comedy-fame/39675 FROM AT&T COMMERCIALS TO COMEDY FAME? It’s not exactly the sexiest big break you could get. “We’re fine-tuning these small cells that improve coverage, capacity and quality of the network,” says a bespectacled Indian guy to a questioning woman. She’s just seen him climb down a ladder where he and a buddy are fiddling with some … Read More

Using ‘Hapkit’ to teach haptics, the science of touch

Vignesh Video, Writing

Published on: Stanford Engineering News – http://engineering.stanford.edu/news/stanford-designed-hapkit-brings-physical-touch-virtual-classroom-0 STANFORD-DESIGNED HAPKIT BRINGS PHYSICAL TOUCH TO THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM Stanford educators have designed a do-it-yourself kit that gives online learners hands-on experience by bringing haptics into virtual classrooms. Haptics refers to the sense of touch. The hands-on teaching tool is called Hapkit. Hapkit has a sensor, motor and controller board that can be programmed … Read More

Doritos inventor’s grandson sees dollar signs ln healthful food

Vignesh Still Photography, Writing

Published on: OZY – http://www.ozy.com/rising-stars/the-great-dorito-empire/31652 NPR – http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/08/05/337632231/doritos-inventors-grandson-sees-dollar-signs-ln-healthy-food WNYC – http://www.wnyc.org/story/doritos-inventors-grandson-sees-dollar-signs-ln-healthy-food/ Tim West’s grandfather invented Doritos chips and was an executive at the global snack food giant Frito-Lay. The younger West ate plenty of junk food growing up. But lately, he’s been much more interested in kale, quinoa and tree-ripened fruit. And the 30-year-old Bay Area food entrepreneur now wants … Read More

Why smartphone breaks at work aren’t such a bad idea

Vignesh Writing

Published on: OZY – http://www.ozy.com/acumen/why-smartphone-breaks-at-work-arent-such-a-bad-idea/32701 Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ozy/why-smartphone-breaks-at-_b_6107746.html NPR – http://www.npr.org/2014/07/15/331495500/why-smartphone-breaks-at-work-arent-such-a-bad-idea WNYC – http://www.wnyc.org/story/why-smartphone-breaks-at-work-arent-such-a-bad-idea/ By Anne Miller and Vignesh Ramachandran In that cubicle by the water cooler you see him: your employee, on your dime, tilted back in that pricey Herman Miller chair, his personal smartphone in hand. Judging by the furrowed brow, you’d guess it’s a hot game of … Read More

Jr., the animal-like robot

Vignesh Writing

NPR chose this story to feature as its “Weekly Innovation” pick. Published on: OZY – http://www.ozy.com/good-sht/jr-the-animal-like-robot/35303 Featured as NPR’s Weekly Innovation story – http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2014/10/15/356405948/weekly-innovation-your-new-pet-robot WNYC – http://www.wnyc.org/story/weekly-innovation-your-new-pet-robot/ Remember “Weebo,” the floating robot from Robin Williams’ 1997 movie Flubber? A cute yellow bot that lived with Williams’ absent-minded professor character, “she” was a loveable gadget that seemed far-fetched at the time. … Read More