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MS in Digital Media at Georgia Tech. Graduated Spring 2016

BA in Fine Art from Georgia College and State University. Graduated Spring 2012

Who I am

My name is Joel Russell Huffman but most people call me Russell. I am an designer, developer, and artist based out of Atlanta, Georgia. My purpose in life is to be creative and I do so in everything I do, whenever I can. When I am not writing javascript or scribbling design ideas, I am cooking, gardening, or playing guitar. The process of doing and creating drives me. I absolutely love working on unique projects and I am grateful that I can help others through my creativity.

Being creative is my passion. When I was 16, I discovered my love for the visual arts and eventually came to study fine art at GCSU. College afforded me the opportunity to explore all mediums, where I discovered that working on the computer allows me to best express myself. After graduation I worked in interpretation design working with cultural history and storytelling. This lead me to graduate school where I studied Digital Media at Georgia Tech, where I recently graduated. I love working with storytelling, cultural history, civic engagement, and education applications of new media. If any of this sounds interesting to you, please reach out to me! I love talking about my passions.

Work Experience

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) January 2016 to May 2016, Research Assistant

Responsibilities: To Identify and develop platform needs and to conduct product and literature reviews of existing platforms/processes and develop supporting infrastructure that enable project studio work to proceed, and to implement features into the project website.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) August 2015 to December 2015, Teaching Assistant

Responsibilities: assist in leading lessons for the Intro to Computational Media class of over 75 undergraduate students, lead workshops outside of class, and grade papers, assignments, and projects

Porsche Cars North America(Atlanta, GA) April 2015 to Sept 2015, Intern Web Developer

Responsibilities: develop interactive applications and manage digital content as a part of the Digitalization team within Porsche Cars North America.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) August 2014 to December 2015, Research Assistant

Responsibilities: designing, illustrating and programming an interactive map to visualize research on pharmaceutical production in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Signature Design (Atlanta, GA) May 2012 to May 2015, Associate Interpretive Designer

Responsibilities: web design, map design, computer rendering, animation, as well as marketing and consulting new clients. Projects include national heritage areas, nature preserves, historic neighborhoods, and schools

AllPoints, LLC (Peachtree City, GA) November 2013 to February 2014, Director of Motion Graphics

Responsibilities: creation of digital media components for various projects, such as video game assets, introductions and credits to videos, company branding, graphic elements, and illustrations for promotions.

The 42nd Floor, LLC (Milledgeville, GA) January 2011 to May 2012, Graphic Designer and Assistant Manager

Responsibilities: graphic design for custom apparel, consultation and correspondence with clientele, and management of storefront. Work included on-the-spot graphic design for clients in Photoshop and on-the-spot printing of garments.

DVL Design Group (Roswell, GA) January 2008 to June 2008, Draftsman, Renderer, and Illustrator

Responsibilities: drafting, rendering, and illustration for landscape architecture projects in land planning and residential development. Projects required computer rendering, pencil and marker rendering, graphic design, and drafting.

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