I'm a husband and father first, and a tinkerer beyond that. You'll find me chasing my children, hugging my wife, or possibly curled up with a guitar, Apple device, Wes Anderson movie or, on really fun days, a soldering iron. If I'm not at home, which, these days, frankly, is unlikely, I'm either at a coffee shop reading, seeing some live music or, if it's Sunday morning, either at church or at The Omelettry.
Mom, if I've directed you here, it's to click this link.
I'm a design technologist at frog.
"What's a design technologist?" You might ask, if you got this far. That's a great question. We like to answer that with one of several possibly-translated-from-German-, possibly-from-Native-American-sounding phrases. A design technologist is "one who sketches with code," or "one who designs with code."
We build software, and possibly hardware, usually such that it would be described as a "prototype" or a "proof of concept." If you need to actually see the thing you're trying to design in order to design it, or if wireframes, mockups and even motion studies aren't quite enough to communicate your idea, who you gonna call? Design technologists! Ray, why don't you ever call me back?
For a look at my approach to integrating design and technology, or being a developer and working well with designers (except when you forget to credit them), watch this talk from Øredev 2013:
On a blue moon...
I've been lucky enough to have a lot of fun making music with some incredible people. I co-founded and played guitar, mandolin and banjo and sang with bluegrass/old time band The Rogue River String Band (links: Live TV appearance, 1st Album on iTunes, unreleased follow-up album) for several years, before we broke up to have children and move to different cities. I played guitar and sang with Meche (remember MySpace and bad home recordings?), an anything goes garage band, for a good part of the same time-span, until we broke up for similar reasons. I even got to collaborate with The Ugly Facade on As Written by a Member of the Dying Middle Class, co-composing several tracks and playing banjo and electric guitar and singing backing vocals for gems such as Solace in Fugue (I really like what he did with the cheesy solo I did for I May Be Stupid, too—this guy is an incredible producer)