Hi, I'm Alex.
I was born on the West Coast, I grew up on the East Coast, and now I live and work in Toronto, Ontario. At the moment I’m in my 3rd year of an Interaction Design program studying 2D & 3D design, front-end development, and the art of the user experience. I’m looking for a co-op internship for the summer of 2019 located here or abroad.
I’ve studied a lot of stuff.
Before Interaction Design, I completed a one-year studio art program where I practiced illustration, 2D and 3D design, and colour theory. In 2015 I graduated from UPEI with a BA in Philosophy and Art History.
Over the summer of 2018 I worked as a Product Design Intern at Smile CDR
, designing FHIR-based healthcare projects including mobile apps and websites. I've competed in (and won
) several hackathons and found I learned more there than anywhere else, so I co-founded a club called Hackademics to encourage more students to get involved.
This is as far as you need to read to get the gist of who I am. If you’ll humour me, keep going.
I have a lot of opinions.
I don’t think you should have to small-talk in elevators. I believe wholeheartedly in the Oxford comma. And I spend most of my time thinking about the relationship between people and technology.
When water freezes into ice, it’s what we call a 'quantitative' change. It changes its state, but not what it fundamentally is. The ice only has to heat up to be water again. But if you keep heating it, it undergoes a 'qualitative' change - it becomes steam.
When you really sit down and look at the computerization of society, it’s pretty shocking. We’ve had the Internet for less than 40 years. That’s nothin’. That’s a little older than The Simpsons. Converting communication to the Internet was a qualitative change for humans. It fundamentally changed what we do and what we are.
But in my opinion (I warned you), since then we’ve only had quantitative changes. Devices have gotten faster, and smaller, and brighter, and a bit bigger again because XL phones became fashionable, and cheaper. Human life has kept changing, just not in the revolutionary way that was sending a photo from Santa Monica to Paris in under a minute for the first time in history.
I believe we are approaching another qualitative change. The ways in which augmented and virtual reality are going to affect the human condition are so far from being understood, yet so close to being in our hands. In a few product cycles we’ll have that fast, small, cheap technology in the form of a new reality.
I want to be a part of the conversation leading up to that change. I believe we are about to face an entirely new breed of problems that only creativity, empathy, and critical thinking will be able to overcome. That’s why I love this industry. I want to be there when everything turns to steam.
HTML / CSS
McMaster DeltaHacks V
Best Humour Hack / January 2019
Adobe GTA Creative Jam
1st Place / November 2018
BostonHacks at Boston University
Participant / November 2018
ELEVATE Hackathon by TD
3rd Place / September 2018
Smart Retail Challenge
Participant / April 2018
Baseball Hack Day
2nd Place / March 2018
3rd Place / October 2017