I have been a part of Plethora since 2013 and during that time responsible for Product Design across the customer facing website, CAD Add-In, and internal factory control apps.
The company approached me about designing the user experience for their browser add-in. The concept was a shared online shopping experience using a user's Facebook friends.
Game Design has always been a passion of mine. SmackBOTS was an early iPhone(EDGE) game that peaked in the Top 10 of the Kids Catagory and recieved more than 700,000 Downloads.
Apple Touchbar game concept, Nintendo's "Excitebike"
Some other mobile UI's that never went live.
Some other web design experiments.
One of my frequent tasks at Plethora is designing illustrations to help explain manufacturing capabilities to customers or internal machine tool guides.
Early on in my career I had the honor of working with The Andy Warhol Musuem. Designing their event banners and art placards. Seeing my work hanging up in the gallery next to Warhol's and other great artists gave me pride.
When I was attending Design School, Designers were asking the question: What can we do with design that moves people? A couple years later I was asked to design this invitation to a gala supporting the "Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape". Since they focus on Children, I created illustrations inspired by mid-century childrens books. Members at the organization were brought to tears when they recieved the final pieces.
Some other illustrations I've been asked to create.
A combination of film & digital photographs. Focused on nature, landscape, and street.
I shot 20 Rolls of 35mm Film while backpacking through Thailand. Self Developed/Scanned/Currated in 2016.
Pittsburgh based Artist Jonathan Shapiro hired me to help him complete a large installation for PNC Bank. During the year of working on it I shot and edited this short film using a Canon Point and Shoot and iMovie.
When the G20 came to Pittsburgh, I went out and followed the crowds of protesters in a Gonzo Journalistic style and experienced what it was like. It was latered screened with other short films at a local theater.
For a year I photographed all my waste. I never persued having it displayed anywhere but online. Shot on iPhone.
Glimmer of Complexity. The seating area is a found object and the framing I MiG welded.
A commision to build a giant shelf out of wood and steel to house all manner of things.
Repurposed bed frame and cabinet glass to make a Japanese inspired low sitting coffee table.
Found objects in the forest, assembled on the spot into a bench. Supported the weight of two people.
When I had no yard to sit on, I made one. A bench that grows grass, even in the shade.
Another collaberation with Jonathan Shapiro. We collected fallen branches and weaved them together to make this chandelier.
A crate repurposed into a closing bookshelf.
A never realized table and stool concept using found wood.
When tasked to design a trade show booth for Plethora. I came up with a modular bracket system that we machined in-hosue. This allowed us to expand and contract the booth to various sizes and pack it away in a small crate. Visitors to the booth found it unique.
A sculpture I created from found objects that depicts how I viewed California handle the draught.
A series of peices that depict celestrial objects on found wood using chalk pastels. "Memiors of the Universe"
A series of mixed media pieces that depict what life feels like when dealing with depression.
A performance peice involving me and 49 other artists. After everyone painted murals ontop of each other, I finished it off by painting the whole thing white again.
A custom medium format camera I have been slowly designing and working on over the last year. I also started designing a digital back for it that I could build out of off-the-shelf open-source electronics.
If you are viewing my souce, hello. this is "not for you".
A true hacker:
1. Has code flowing in his veins
2. Is a keyboard Ninja. Despises mouse. (They love the sound of their keyboards!)
3. Absolutely loves the terminal.
4. Loves LISP and functional programming.
5. Has distaste for authority
6. Believes that no problem should ever have to be solved twice.
7. Loves Math.
8. Has emphasis on rationality.
9. Can never wear a suit. ...never...
10. Loves Daft Punk
11. Follows three virtues of a programmer – Laziness, Impatience and Hubris
12. Loves to customize everything around him.
13. Is 31337
Long before we know ourselves,
Our paths are already set in stone.
Some may never figure out their purpose in life,
And some will.
There are a lot of us who are caught up in this hell we all live in,
Content with being blinded by rules and judgment.
We live in a world where it's more okay to follow than to lead.
In this world being a leader is trouble for the system we are all accustomed to.
Being a leader in this day and age is being a threat.
Not many people stood up against the system we all call life,
But toward the end of our first ten years into the millennium we heard a voice.
A voice who was speaking to us from the underground for some time.
A voice who spoke of vulnerabilities and other human emotions and issues never before heard so vividly and honest.
This is the story of a young man who not only believed in himself,
But his dreams too.
This is the story of The Man On The Moon.
- Cudder Anthem