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My work focuses on innovation and optimization in existing platforms, whether that comes about through experimentation, developing new software, or data analysis. With formal education in physics, mathematics, computation, music composition, and digital art, I combine my knowledge and interests in manufacturing, … Read More
My work focuses on innovation and optimization in existing platforms, whether that comes about through experimentation, developing new software, or data analysis. With formal education in physics, mathematics, computation, music composition, and digital art, I combine my knowledge and interests in manufacturing, technology, internet culture, fashion, and design to all my creations–I firmly believe that my background/skills and multi-disciplinary approach is a critical, unique strength for innovation in any field. My goal is to identify and enhance points of weakness in production processes and continually invent intuitive, beautiful, optimized workflows.

I graduated from Reed College with a degree in physics where I wrote a thesis utilizing cutting edge mathematical methods for analyzing pattern forming nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems, with a focus on programatic data analysis to quantify visual properties of these patterns. This project involved the mathematical concepts of "computational homology", programatic analysis to produce meaningful quantification of quantitative qualities, and interactive front-end web design to present complex information along with extensive documentation to enable further development (which successive students continue to study and extend). An overview with interactive data visualization is available on my website at http://joelhawkins.info/thesis.

My digital artwork explores the interaction between Internet technology and contemporary design, marketing, and media production to highlight the lurid, often inorganic methods used to appeal to consumers. I exploit the mediums of digital collage, HTML, CSS, social media, and code to render these forms with beauty and meaning. Available at http://jpng.info.

Currently seeking opportunities for innovation in manufacturing, web development, data visualization, and graphic design. Visit my website http://joelhawkins.info for more information and links to recent projects. Read Less
  • Resident Physicist & Innovation Engineer
    Nike (USA) — Portland, OR, USA
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