Jason Safir and Justin Shenkarow Win 2014 Communicator Award

October 7th, 2014

Jason Safir Wins 2014 Communicator Award in the ‘Movie and Film Website’ category

I am honored that, from over 6000 entries, I have recently won a prestigious interactive design award at the 20th Annual Communicator Awards in the ‘Movie and Film Website’ category for my interactive design work on He Dont Got Game.

I would like to thank Justin Shenkarow and Veronica Alicino for helping make the series a success, as well as a really fun experience to create.

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. This year’s Communicator Awards received over six thousand entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Judges include executives from organizations such as Conde Nast, Disney, Estee Lauder, MTV Networks, Time, Wired and Yahoo!

I am also honored to have received recognition for both my video and design work on the series from the CSSA Awards, One Page Mania, CSSREEL, The Web Show Show and PageCrush.

vimeoEmbedder.js: Embed and extend the customization of the Vimeo player using jQuery

August 12th, 2013

vimeoEmbedder is a jQuery plugin that helps artists and designers present their Vimeo videos on websites the way they want them to.

vimeoEmbedder.js is a lightweight jQuery plugin designed to help give artists and designers creative control over how their Vimeo videos are presented on the web. In addition to simplifying the process of embedding and styling the presentation of Vimeo videos, vimeoEmbedder.js has a host of configuration options that can be extended beyond the Vimeo player’s native abilities:


Changes the color scheme of the Vimeo player (including play button, progress bar and volume levels).


URL to a JPG/PNG poster image to display before the Vimeo video is loaded and playback is started.


Sets the background color of the poster image play button.


Assign a background color for the Vimeo player.


Input the Video ID that is assigned to your video file at (copy the URL or ID from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the video on Vimeo.)


Width of the player in pixels (defaults to 480 pixels).


Height of the player in pixels (defaults to 270 pixels).

I plan to expand the jQuery video plugin’s functionality and flexibility as new ideas arise. Please feel free to contribute to the plugins at it’s github destination. I am also open for feedback and ideas for future iterations of the plugin at

Click here to view documentation for the vimeoEmbedder.js plugin
Download the vimeoEmbedder.js plugin (ZIP)

Vaughn Murphy’s PowerBooks!

March 30th, 2011
Join Vaughn Murphy in a journey of self-discovery

Join Vaughn Murphy in a journey of self-discovery

A collection of powerful interactive self-help artifacts designed to take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical and financial destiny!

Let the unlimited power that lies sleeping within you slumber no more. Vaughn Murphy can inspire YOU to help you make the decisions that you ultimately desire most! Vaughn Murphy’s PowerBooks® technology is really simple to use which is why they have helped so many people! The moment you interact with one of Vaughn Murphy’s interactive books, you will immediately be joining him in a journey of discovery. You may navigate your journey with Vaughn by selecting a chapter from the menu system that you are particular interested in soaking in.

Each of Vaughn Murphy PowerBook® is fully-equipped with powerful multimedia chapters covering an array of topics in decision making, money-making, faith healing, spiritual therapy and modern medicine. You can conveniently carry any one of Vaughn Murphy’s PowerBooks®, anywhere with you, whenever you need a quick dose of inspiration. So make the most important decision in your life today by making a powerful investment toward one of Vaughn Murphy’s interactive self-help compilations!

Watch a Demo of Vaughn Murphy’s PowerBooks® in Action!


Rusty Business @ NIME 2009

December 14th, 2009

This week I performed my new interactive comedy project “Rusty Business” at the ITP New Interfaces for Musical Expression Concert 2009 in Brooklyn at Southpaw. My project is a video sequencer that produces electronically controlled cartoon antics when large inflatable hammers hit jumbo push button switches. My performance also featured a guest appearance by Elie Zananiri who played the role as my character’s boss.

Click here to view more photos from the show. (Courtesy of LEESEAN)

Pacer Times

October 28th, 2009

The web site I designed for the University of South Carolina Aiken’s online student magazine was recently launched. The site’s overall purpose is to provide a news resource for student’s studying at the University. My focus on their redesign was to create a more youthful and fun look to help students become more interested to engage in on campus social life, take a look.

MTV Hiring!

May 13th, 2009

I was recently hired by MTV to help assist in the daily production and development of MTV online sites. Work commences in two weeks!

A Simple Cup @ ITP Spring Show 2009

May 6th, 2009

I will be showcasing my new sustainable project A Simple Cup at this Spring’s ITP Show in New York City at the Tisch School of the Arts. Come and check out everyone’s amazing projects! Lot’s of really cool and innovative projects have been developed over the past few months. The dates of the exhibit are …

May 10th, 2pm to 6pm
May 11th, 5pm to 9pm

The address is 721 Broadway on the fourth floor.

See you there!

DC Motor Lab

November 4th, 2008