I’ve been a designer and developer for sixteen years, and each of those titles has meant a number of different things along the way.
As a developer, I build websites, web applications, multimedia presentations, and games. As a front-end developer, I build simple, usable, and accessible websites that aim to communicate both tone and content effectively. As a software engineer, I’ve built back-end systems as well, particularly as custom tools utilizing content management systems.
As a designer, I create logos, web and print designs, illustrations, videos, presentations, and 3D models and animations. Whether building a creative vision from the ground up, carrying an existing brand in new directions, or presenting visual and technical information in creative ways, I try to focus on expressiveness and communication in visual design.
These disciplines have gone hand-in-hand, and each has led me to new approaches to the other.
In my spare time, my creative work focuses on independent 3D, VR, and game development, both as a solo developer and as part of an independent studio. I have taken on projects in almost every role, as programmer, 3D modeler, animator, composer, and creative writer. As a community organizer, my creative teams focus on bringing both new and experienced developers and artists together, creating a tight-knit network of skill sharing and creative collaboration. Some of my favorite experiences have been helping lead teams in the development of game jams, film contests, musical performances, and virtual events in VR.
And in my career in academics, I’ve learned the importance of communication between different types of people — technical and non-technical; faculty and student; creatives and techies; beginners and experts. I’ve presented at a number of schools and academic conferences over the years, on topics ranging from my professional academic research projects, to my own personal research in video games, narrative design, and development.
All of these experiences has given me the chance to work with some amazing people, leading teams of faculty, undergraduate students, and other developers, and working together to build amazing things, from technology to artwork to virtual experiences. (And somehow it always seems to fit together.)