Art Enhancing Software Development
It’s hard to imagine a world without computers, smart phones, and the Internet. MICA alumni are finding creative ways to use their talents to enhance these digital environments.
Colin Dunn ’12 (graphic design) has been testing his chops in the software development space since his days at MICA, when he created a mind-mapping web application for his senior thesis called Exobrain. “I’ve always been interested in technology and design, and I’ve been exploring the areas in which they intersect,” Dunn said. MICA provided an environment where he could explore his interests in a constructive and positive way, including taking advantage of connections to different design studios.
Today, Dunn builds virtual classrooms for Lore, a technology start-up offering an online learning platform. “I think tech companies like Apple and Facebook are demonstrating art design is a part of any software company and to be successful, you need to not only develop a really usable product but something people want to use and engage with. That’s where the design comes in.”
When Jonnie Hallman ’09 (graphic design) was at MICA, he created DestroyTwitter, a software application allowing social media users to customize their Twitter experience. When he left MICA, he moved to San Francisco where he worked for Adobe Systems Incorporated. Today, he lives in New York and is trying his hand at entrepreneurship, running Destroy Today, LLC, a company creating software applications, such as the “to-do application” he’s currently working on.
One of the skills that has helped Hallman promote his work and his business is the ability to market himself. “MICA shaped me into somebody who’s independent and able to speak freely about my work without a problem,” he said.