I am currently employed at The Iona Group, a consulting firm located near Peoria, IL. There I design, develop and manage web and interactive projects and the client relationships that go along with them. I have developed web and interactive content for Caterpillar, ToyState, DuPont, Pioneer, Tyson Foods, Rawlings, Worth Sports, Maui Jim Sunglassess and many more smaller B2B and B2C customers. I have also assited in crafting interactive experiences for museums like the Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium and numerous other tradeshow and kiosk installations. Recently, we have started a mobile learning focused spin-off, Float Mobile Learning, where I hold the role of Solutions Architect. In my part time I am also an instructor in web and multimedia for Bradley University, focusing mainly on standards based web design. Many of my students have gone on to become successful designers or developers in their own right and I feel proud to have been part of their success.
Prior to joining The Iona Group, I worked as a freelance designer / developer / technology consultant for several years. While self-employed, I created websites, games and multimedia experience for clients such as Big Idea’s Veggie Tales, Lego, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, BBDO, Equality Illinois, many independent musicians and various Chicago area businesses.
My experience in the entertainment and media field dates back to 1999, when after graduating from Bradley University with a B.S. in graphic design and a minor in art history, I was hired as Web Designer for the Chicago entrepreneur Howard Tullman’s company, Tunes.com. Tunes.com produced websites for Rollingstone, Downbeat and The Source. There, I designed online marketing and sales initiatives for top tier clients like Radiohead, N’Sync, Diet Coke, The X Games, Visa, Universal Music group, Lucasfilm and numerous other household names in entertainment. That was a blast!
In addition to stellar web design and development, my multimedia development skills have won me many awards including a coveted Shockwave Site of the Day way back in 1999. As part of the development team on 2002′s Veggie Tales Veggie Carnival Game I received first prize in The Association for Multimedia Communications (amcomm.org) Entertainment Category. Additionally, I have developed some other award winning mashups, like Dekaf, CoolerKreator and Pipelicious, all of which were featured at programmableweb.com. I published an article in Computer Arts magazine in the spring of 2008, an article for Kiosk Marketplace in 2009, and another article for LearningSolutionsMag in 2010.
I have spoken for numerous corporations, trade associations, commerce groups and academic institutions. Regionally, I have spoken at the CD2 user group in Chicago on design and development topics. I have given web based seminars on social media and rich internet development topics for audiences that span the nation. I gave a presentation at the most recent RIAPalooza, focused on social media design and development incorporating RIA tools.
I presented at the Flex community’s largest Flex focused conference, 360|Flex in Indianapolis, on the topic of designer/developer collaboration. This presentation was featured on Slideshare and downloaded hundreds of times. In 2009, I presented two sessions at the Spring Break Conference in Athens, Ohio. This annual event features luminaries in standards based web design and draws hundreds of attendees each year. Last year I also spoke at the eLearning Guild’s DevLearn conference in San Jose in November. It went really well, and was blogged and retweeted by various attendees. This year I presented at The BEA conference in Las Vegas in a panel discussing the topic using professionals in education. In May, I will also presented at The Flash And The City (http://flashandthecity.com) conference in New York City. In June, I presented at D2WC in Kansas City on Designer and Developer Workflow. In october of 2010, I presented at Adobe’s annual user conference, MAX in Los Angeles.
I bring expertise in usability, project conceptualization, and technical research and development to any team. My enthusiasm and ability to convey the bleeding edge of technology to the layman is a most welcome addition to a project. I excel at estimating and scoping projects and enjoy the challenges that it brings. I am enjoy my role in shaping my clients’ solutions and relish the creativity it allows me to have in my day.
Personally, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Renee, daughter, Sophia, and my son Liam. I do like playing video games and watching American football in my spare time (Go Pack!). I’ll never turn down the opportunity to go have a nice Pale Ale or Cafe Americano at a local establishment.
If you are interested in engaging my services or the company I work for, The Iona Group, please contact me via AIM or Twitter, it’s probably the best way to grab my attention. Thanks for stopping by.