The first version of Giffer was released in the App Store February 2009. Unhappy with the abysmal selection of GIF maker apps
available, I set out to create a solid GIF app that I'd want to use. Hundreds of thousands of users have downloaded Giffer and
enjoy its awesome feature set almost as much as I enjoy improving it.
Given the success of Giffer and my unyielding love for animated GIFs, the idea of "disposable" animated GIFs seemed fun. So I
created a super fast GIF maker app appropriately dubbed "Gifquick". Animated GIFs are simultaneously
saved on the device and in the cloud, however they only live on the server for 24 hours. Gifquick is the quickest possible path for turning
what's in front of you into a fun, sharable animated GIF.More >
Winamp for Mac
Bringing a PC app to the Mac world was a challenge. Both Windows and Mac users have expectations on how things should work.
So our small team of four had a slew of decisions to be made (and re-made). Though its primary focus was to
sync music with the Winamp android app, several key Winamp features found their way into the initial beta client release as
well, including playlist support, the play queue, and album art support to name a few.More >
Winamp for Android
Re-thinking the Winamp desktop player for Android was no small task. Our driving goal was simple: highlight our core features
and give our global user base the Winamp experience that they know and love, without sacrificing too much. I
led the design direction and UI/UX of our beloved mobile music player, collaborated across teams, created branding and UI/UX
for new addons (eg: lyrics, album washer, etc.) and even implemented some of the app's UI code. With over 40 million downloads,
Winamp is without question the ultimate media player on Android.More >
The Llama Droid
While brainstorming the branding of the Winamp Android app, given Winamp's history of llama love, it became clear to me that we
needed a "robotic" spin on the classic Winamp llama (aka "Mike"). The "Llama Droid" has made his mark on various Winamp propaganda from stickers
to t-shirts and mugs.
Due to the insane amount of traffic Zombie Pumpkins was generating, it needed to scale. The site was also becoming a bit
of a pain to maintain. After I optimized database queries, added layers of caching, organized it with the
wonders of MVC (thanks to the CodeIgniter PHP framework) and migrated the entire site to RackSpace's load balanced cloud
hosting solution, Zombie Pumpkins' owner Ryan Wickstrand and his "minions" were a whole lot happier. That makes me happier!More >
Andrew McCaul Photography
After receiving several compliments on his previous flash web site, Andrew again asked me to implement a refreshed site design
as a resizable Flash site. Subtle animations and large photos really allowed his work to be the center of attention, as it should be. Andrew
also wanted a way to easily update his site without the extra development effort required in setting up a database and building a CMS.More >
Working directly with clients such as Universal, Warner Bros., David Geffen Company, Sony Pictures, Playboy, and Mad Magazine, I was responsible for the concept and execution of several "sponsored" Winamp skins. I was also honored to lead the re-design of Winamp's default skin, dubbed "Bento."
For over a decade I've had the pleasure of working with clients all around the globe on projects big and small from here in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
I compare my unique blend of programming and design skills to watching a foreign film: I’m glued to the visuals but can’t stop reading the subtitles. Whether I'm creating apps, front-ends or back-ends of web sites, icons, fonts, brands, re-designs, or re-re-designs, I'm happy changing gears and keeping the plot interesting.
Some of my work has appeared in Print Magazine, The Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ España, and on slashdot.org.
When I'm not slaving away at the computer I like to build forts with my daughters, snowboard, watch movies and/or eat peanut butter sandwiches.
Whether you need some help with a project or want to just say “hi” there are a bunch of ways you can get ahold of me. I’m pretty good about responding as quickly as possible but here they are ranked from my fastest repsonse time down to the slowest.