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Martin Schapiro Digital Creative Studio
Graphic Design & Web Development


I design websites, print materials, and graphics for a range of clients in creative industries around the country: artists, authors, filmmakers, and musicians. I live and work in Washington, DC.



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  • Bill Nye surprised when beaker explodes animated gif
  • Bill says Science Rules gif
  • Consider the following gif from Bill Nye Film kickstarter campaign
  • rewards infographic
  • Bill Nye walking around the lab
  • BIll Nye with filmmakers David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg

Structure Films raised $859,425 through Kickstarter for their Bill Nye Film project. For the campaign I develop graphics based on the quirky segments and 90’s-era graphics from Nye’s original PBS/Disney TV show. We were able to tap into a generational nostalgia for Nye’s science-education enthusiasm and blow way past their $650,000 goal. Science Rules!

  • Bill Nye Film homepage
  • Bill Nye Film about page

Structure Films tasked me with building a small landing page for their project in development. That page has since grown a bit into the Bill Nye Film home and our work together spilled into a Kickstarter campaign, complete with gifs, infographics, and rewards designs.

  • Synapse homepage layout
  • Synapse article headline
  • Synapse article view
  • Synapse footer
Development for Drupal by Kalamuna

UCSF’s student newspaper, Synapse, hired Kalamuna to develop a new home as they began to see their readers move online. Kalamuna brought me on to work up a visual design and new brand identity. Together we built a bright, clean site.

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  • About the filmmakers at PF Pictures
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  • PF Pictures films page
  • PF Pictures Commercial Work Page

Jared Scott and Kelly Nyks asked me to build a site that would not only exhibit their film work, but communicate clearly their company’s mission as well. The homepage boasts, “We are devoted to artful and arresting stories that make action irresistible,” and their claim is well supported through case studies, a strategy statement, biographic information, and a company profile.

  • After Tiller Homepage
  • After Tiller Events page
  • After Tiller screenshot

Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson document the lives of four doctors providing late term abortions in the Emmy Award Winning doc After Tiller. This “intimate and heartfelt” [LA Times] doc needed a clean WordPress site for it’s premier at Sundance and subsequent tour to festivals throughout the country.

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PF Pictures’ Requiem for the American Dream premiered January of 2016  featuring intellectual powerhouse Noam Chomsky outlining the country’s enormous economic inequities. The film’s webspace was to be a locus for press and information about the film, screenings times, and outreach efforts.

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Structure Films approached me to design their visual identity and home webspace. Jason and David were interested in using a model of electromagnetism as the basis of their logo to reinforce their science-in-film mission. We put together a dynamic, WordPress site that uses video, full width elements, and tall, scrolling pages to engage the visitor.

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Structure Film’s “sly documentary” [New York Times] looks at two Scientists that aim to extend life. The film’s webspace served information about the feature’s press reception, upcoming screenings, and supplementary educational materials.

  • Claire Typaldos Homepage design
  • Claire Typaldos Art page design
  • Claire Typaldos single project page design

Claire Typaldos is a designer and visual artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her webspace is a home for her floral, ceramic, graphic design, and print work.

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The Age of Consequences looks at climate change through the lens of resources scarcity, economic migration, US national security, and global stability. PF Pictures asked me to build a WordPress site, a mirror site to that of the their previously released film, to deliver information about the film and featured interviews, to present the filmmakers’ goals, and to outline ways their audience can get involved and support the project.

  • Cat Trick homepage splash
  • Cat Trick homepage
  • Cat Trick sections view
  • Cat Trick bio section
  • Cat Trick sections closed view

Cat Trick Films, an up-start production company based in San Francisco, needed help building a brand. I collaborated with the three primary filmmakers to produce a fun, fresh portfolio site to showcase their talent and attract new clients. The site uses Javascript to simulate folders opening and closing, allowing the viewer to show and hide portfolio categories.

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Site design by by Erin Rommel

Another collaboration with designer Erin Rommel, the De Marco Lab site is playful and engaging. Natalia De Marco Garcia is uses her site to attract top researchers to her lab by laying out her goals and the lab’s mission.

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Site design by Erin Rommel

Erin Rommel designed a simple, one-page site for her client and approached me to build-out the design into a fully fledge, WordPress site. Here, Gorney posts only his most important projects and exhibitions. It’s a pleasure collaborating with Erin. Her designs are always beautiful.

  • Couple3 homepage
  • Couple3 about
  • Couple3 contact
  • Couple3 film page
  • Couple3 film page

Couple3 Films’ portfolio site makes plain their interest in science by presenting the visitor a periodic table of their film work. Their logo development was also a big part of this project.

  • Darwin Cafe homepage
  • Darwin Cafe menu
  • Darwin Cafe menu
  • Darwin Cafe info

Darwin Cafe needed a simple WordPress site where it could post a rotating daily menu. With the wonderful darwings of Jon Ching, we were able to put together a beautiful site that let the food take center stage.

  • True Conviction homepage
  • True Conviction signup section on homepage

Documentary filmmaker Jamie Meltzer follows four advocates for those wrongfully convicted by Dallas’ flawed justice system as they gather evidence to exonerate their defendants. is a home for the film’s trailer, allows visitors to sign up to receive email notifications about the film, and offers a booking-request tool for group screenings.

Bay Area Graduate Symposium

Design / Identity

  • Bay Area Graduate Symposium in Art History, Film, and Media call for papers
  • Bay Area Graduate Symposium in Art History, Film, and Media homepage
  • Bay Area Graduate Symposium in Art History, Film, and Media 2013 schedule
  • Bay Area Graduate Symposium in Art History, Film, and Media 2012 homepage
  • Bay Area Graduate Symposium in Art History, Film, and Media 2012 speakers
  • Bay Area Graduate Symposium in Art History, Film, and Media 2012 keynote

The Bay Area Graduate Symposium brings together academics from a variety of California institutions. Promoting the event with website instead of a poster allowed the organizing committee to create a registration tool that let them estimate attendance for sponsors and provide directions and details about their speakers to attendees.

  • Lana Wilson homepage
  • Lana Wilson press page
  • Lana Wilson films page

Lana Wilson is an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Her website presents her projects and relevant press clippings. The site was designed to quietly present it’s content and the design foregrounds the identity mark I designed for Lana’s personal brand.

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