I am Shaun and I am   an urbanist a traveller a programmer a problem-solver
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Shaun Jacobsen

Shaun Jacobsen

Hello! I’m Shaun. I love cities and everything that moves them. I love using data and computer programming to improve the lives of people in cities.

Using the computer to solve problems big and small is the reason I'm drawn to programming. I am an aspiring developer and always ready to learn. Check out my skills for a better picture. I'd also love it if you take a look at my blog, where you can follow me on my journey to be a full-fledged web developer.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

– Jane Jacobs

Creating a better quality of life in our cities is what motivates me. I've found that the best way I can accomplish this is taking complex information and present it in a simple yet powerful way to people, organizations, and governments. Using web development to create a platform to share knowledge, everyone can be empowered in their communities.

This is what I do in my free time. For a look at these projects and what I can do, check out my portfolio.


Divvy vs Transit

Who's Faster? Divvy vs Transit

Open Data

Divvy Explorer

Divvy Data Explorer

Open Data

Chicago Building Map

Chicago Building Age Map

Web Mapping

Divvy Spokes

Divvy Spokes

Data Visualization

Commute Mode Map

Chicago Commute Mode Map

Web Mapping



I have built web applications using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript (+ jQuery) with libraries including Leaflet.js for web mapping and d3.js for visual data presentation on the front end. On the back end I use Ruby, and am well-versed in SQL for data management.

To showcase my personal projects, I have a blog that is powered using Wordpress. I am currently expanding my knowledge of JavaScript development frameworks in order to build applications faster.

Professional Services

I have years of experience in project management and coordination, gathering information and writing reports, and analyzing data and presenting it visually.

My eye for design has led me to develop advanced skills with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I'm not satisfied until my work is not only accurate, but visually compelling.


I have been speaking French fluently as a second language for thirteen years.

Nothing energizes me more than speaking in front of a crowd, but I also excel at helping people individually, especially with technical problems.

I can bake some of the best chocolate chip cookies you'll ever taste.

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