Started as a project to build compact powerful radio transmitters to be used by under-served communities across the world, it transformed into an open news source, compiling the days news and in depth articles from a variety of partners and open sources. Most notably, Radio Free worked closely with Democracy Now!, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, ProPublica and OpenSecrets.
The finalized idea was simple, compile news from sources that don’t accept corporate donations or underwriting. This would ensure there was no corporate agenda to the news being published and instead it was focused on journalism in the interest of the public. While this seems like a simple task, I can assure you that the code working behind the scenes to make this work is not. Code was written to automate all of the basic tasks of a news content publisher. This has been running more or less since 2012 and for the most part has been without fail.
Not only was the website automated, but so was the social media. When a new article was published, the code would parse the article for keywords and create hashtags from what it found most important. The social media network grew organically, without advertising or any earned media.
I designed Radio Free’s logo to be iconic and timeless. It combined the simplicity seen in logos like those of designer Paul Rand’s, combined with contemporary lines and weight that give it a slight European sensibility. It’s boldness represents its powering authority and trustworthiness.