Photo by Shaughn Crawford

I am passionate about creating moments in people’s lives where they are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive.

During the day I am the “Visual Strategist” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There I shepherd an amazing team developing creative ways of communicating, and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. Our work is seen in public spaces, art museums, and is in outer space.

After doing the dishes, reading bedtime stories to my kids, and spending time with my wife, I work on other creative problem solving projects around the world. I am currently developing the "Museum of Awe” with my buddies David Delgado and Ivan Amato.

In 2002 I graduated valedictorian from the graphic design program at Art Center College of Design. In 2012 I was select as “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles” by the LA Weekly. I currently live in Altadena, CA with my wife and three kids.


SELECTED TALKS AND PRESS

From a talk given at the EG Conference: Dan Goods, a free-thinking designer, plays his way right into NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dan's passion is creating moments that remind people of the gift and privilege of being alive.

CNN: Article about The Studio

CNN: Article about The Studio

LA Weekly: Selected as “One of the Most Interesting People in LA”

LA Weekly: Selected as “One of the Most Interesting People in LA”

NPR: Story on our studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NPR: Story on our studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

BBC: David Delgado and I discuss our Data + Art exhibition (go to 23min and 8sec)

BBC: David Delgado and I discuss our Data + Art exhibition (go to 23min and 8sec)

KCET: 10min Documentary on The Studio 


PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME

Do you ever have voices in the back of your head? I mean the kind from people who you admire that cause you to become better? Better in life, work, relationships, etc? Through my life I have had the privilege to either know or be exposed to a number of amazing people. Here I share them with you.

 

Erwin McManus
Lives a life of purpose, meaning and adventure

Lou Danzinger
Taught me to “work, think and feel”

Roland Young
Can reach into your soul and bring out the best you never knew you had

Kevin Kelly
The deepest thinker I know

David Kremers
Has tought me long term thinking

Ned Kahn
Creates beautiful artwork that illuminates nature

Evelyn Glennie
Caused me to think about my senses

Dan McCleese
He taught me what it means to persevere gracefully