I'm a freelancer that splits work between multimedia, mainly animation, graphics and writing on the one hand, and several social projects on the other. If you wish to contact me for any reason, feel free:

Nitin Gadia
Ames, Iowa
(515) 451-6464



some work I've done...

Both animated and live action videos I have created





note: sound issue, on mono


(see more on MapStory under Mapping below)

How To Videos

While the above videos are more about explaining a particular project,
many how to videos have also been made. More videos in the How To
section at mapstory.org

Practical Farmers of Iowa

Next Generation Program

Next Generation of Iowa Farmers from Practical Farmers of Iowa on Vimeo.

US Fab Lab Network
more on fab labs

See other work done...




some works in progress...



Indic Traditions
Version 0.2
6 feet x 8 feet

> click on image to view
> download (right-click, "save as")

An infographic showing the relationship between various Indic traditions, mostly "classical" literature, disciplines, and philosophical traditions. This project is open in purpose, and will take its own direction. It is more of a way of organizing knowledge and concepts, and may spur other projects, like writing and the accumulation of literature, or giving greater understanding to beliefs and practices that are described in the infographic.



An Average Footprint
Version 0.2
Hand Drawn
2 ft x 3 ft (standard poster size)

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> download (after opening image, right-click, "save as")

The ecological footprint of an average American, and what an average American can do to change their own impact.
Shows water use, chemical use, greenhouse gases, ecosystem decimation, and soil depletion, and their causes, and what basic things an average American can do to make lifestyle and consumption choices.
The information is laid out using sankey diagrams such as this one. The goal will be to make it all flowing nicely, with water showing as streams, energy use as roads, heat, and power lines, and greenhouse gases as smoke.
While much of the research has been done, and a conceptual drawing has been made, the goal is to collaborate with an illustrator and graphic designer in creating a poster, as well as a web designer/developer to create a website around the graphic.
People will buy posters in advance of them being made on a kickstarter, and the poster will be sold on an ongoing basis. The poster and website will be updated every couple years to reflect changes in the data, and have a "current" version people can purchase.






Mapstory Projects

Mapstory is an online community, a "wikipedia of maps" of sorts that I have begun freelancing with. As a user, you can upload maps, download maps, and create maps in the site itself, using tools to draw and manipulate features. This allows people to crowdsource the creation of maps of any kind. As all maps are associated with a time, any map or set of maps can be presented as a story that can be animated, called a "storylayer", which can in turn be combined into a "mapstory". While mapstories can show any events or trends such as wars or the spread of diseases, or the population and immigration, there will also be MapStory Local, a comprehensive mapstory where one can type in a year, say "1900", and see the way the world was then, including every border, road, and building, and the use of land or the environment for which there is a record of.

MapStory Local is starting with Ames, Iowa, which can be viewed in the following video.
To see it within mapstory, click here: http://mapstory.org/maps/475/view

I am going to be engaged in making maps myself, and documentation of how one uses mapstory. Maps will include:
*To launch MapStory Local, the growth of Ames, Iowa from the time of its founding, including every land sale, building and road, as well as events and embedded images, videos and other content. I will document this thoroughly for other communities, and perhaps very rapidly, every community where there are records across the world will do the same, and you can eventually see any city the way it was in years past. See link above.
*The Ramayana and Mahabharata, mapped according to the story and the places on the Indian Subcontinent
*Major border changes of states and sovereign entities. Much of the work has already been done, and I would only engage in some small parts of it, especially perhaps the interaction with Native American tribes in the United States among others.
*Population density, with change over time

I thought of the idea that mapstory became when I was in Middle School, when I used Encarta World Atlas. As the internet evolved, so did my idea. I started pursuing the idea towards the end of 2011, and made a video overview of it (the original page can be viewed here). Christopher Tucker, the mastermind behind Mapstory (who thought of the idea when seeing JSTOR in 1994) saw the videos and I naturally joined their effort, which is extremely fortunate.




Some writing
While I have have some large writing projects, with some books in the pipeline, the vast majority of my writing is unpublished and needs a good deal of editing. Nonetheless, here are some examples:
- Everybody and Nobody (couple unedited articles, small blog, 2009). Part of a larger project to build a website and book around the topic of self-governance, ranging across topics of infrastructure and local and regional consensus-based paradigms.
- Growing My Food (unedited article, 2009)
- School or Education? (Ames Progressive, 2008)

Mind Over Money
<100 pgs

I am currently writing a booklet that introduces complementary currencies. I have finished my first draft, and will soon begin writing a second. Complementary currencies are used side by side with the predominant currencies, such as the dollar, yen or euro. This is a key answer to our financial and economic problems. Several communities in the Depression Era created their own currencies and were able to generate full employment. While they were all banned, with the onset of the information revolution, they have been created in a wide variety of forms, and they have more chances of succeeding than ever. While some of them fail, there are many that are successful, and people rely on in massive numbers, such as the WIR of Switzerland, which 1/3 of businesses use regularly. Mutual credit and commodity-backed money in particular promise to facilitate an abundant and stable society.
For a more general introduction, watch some early (low quality) videos I have made entitled Creating Our Own Money.




Social Projects


Ames Green Property Collective (AGPC)
The purpose of the Ames Green Property Collective (AGPC) is to allow people who would otherwise rent to instead gain ownership over property.


Ames MakerSpace
Our local hackerspace/makerspace. This is a place where people can buzz around each other and tinker with making things of all kinds, such as brewing beer, fixing bikes, mending and making clothing, vending machines that dispense art, help with programming, mirco wind turbines, and strange electronic instruments.


Ames Street Art
Ames Street Art provides a simple way that people can create the best public art while having fun and building community. Watch the video below and check out our public site for more

*Overview: http://bit.ly/vPJ7dr
*Examples of Street Art: http://bit.ly/tHbufd
*Video: http://bit.ly/rtpiYI
*Ames Street Art: http://www.facebook.com/amesstreetart
*Our first painting:
- Vid: http://bit.ly/OsLTdY
- Pics: http://bit.ly/LZSM9t