André Barrymore Blackemail@andreblack.com
EDUCATION
Cornell University, College of Engineering, EE/CS Major, Ithaca, NY2000
Montgomery Blair High School, Math/Sci/CS Magnet, Silver Spring, MD1995
Armed Forces Orientation to Engineering Careers, Howard University1993
Phillips Exeter Academy Summer Studies, Exeter, NH1992
EXPERIENCE
Entrepreneur / Design Lead Reactivity, Inc.Fall 2000 - Spring 2001
Lead the interaction design consulting efforts and acted as Design Lead for new venture creation in the Boston office of this venture accelerator and incubator. Handled relationship management, project management and user-interface design for a portfolio of well-funded technology companies including Bowstreet and iPhrase. Helped Bowstreet to complete the UI design of their second-generation products that supplemented their flagship product, the Businessweb Factory. Created a unique design direction and a design reference document for iPhrase's natural language web-navigation systems. Also completed numerous new venture investigations in emerging technology areas and compiled design guideline documents for user-centered wireless and handheld PDA designs.
 
Sr User Interface Designer bCandid Corp.Spring 1999 - Spring 2000
Created the information architecture and visual design for the web-based discussion and Usenet offerings that were later acquired by Software.com. Also used Visual Development Studio, DHTML, XML and XSL to design and implement the user interfaces for spin-off B2B commerce applications that eventually became Covaleo.com. Successfully worked with a large development team and a separate product management team to maintain the vision of the GUIs in the company's numerous projects.
 
Cofounder / VP of Creative Dev Jump, IncSpring 1998 - Spring 1999
Supervised the design, development, implementation, and usability testing of the user interface for the online personal information management service, www.jump.com, which won "Best of Show" and "Investor's Choice" awards after its release at Internet Showcase '99. Jump was later acquired by Microsoft and has been re-released as MSN Calendar within Hotmail. I was able to stretch HTML and JavaScript to the limit to create a web application that could function consistently in all version 3.0+ browsers within a design and information architecture that was feature complete and accessible to consumer audiences.
 
Cofounder / GUI Developer MicroContent Tech.Winter 1997 - Spring 1998
Designed graphical user interfaces for PalmOS web content aggregation applications, Ion and Sentient, and implemented them in Codewarrior C++ for the Palm OS. In addition to Palm GUI programming, handled all corporate identity and website development for the initial release.
 
Web Designer The Gateways Group LLCSpring 1997 - Winter 1997
Handled all requirements gathering, design, implementation and testing of award winning web sites including www.encyclopedia.com, www.meteorites.com, www.romlight.com, and www.cs.cornell.edu for this student-run internet consulting firm. Learned client and customer relations and developed deep expertise in HTML and JavaScript.
 
Calculus Tutor Cornell Univ Learning Skills CtrFall 1995 - Spring 1997
As a freshman, tutored First and Second Year College Level Calculus. Developed strong communication skills.
 
Data Processor National Oceanic & Atmos. AdminSummer 1994, 1996
Using Oracle, SQL, and SQL Forms, developed and maintained database software used to manage nationwide fishery statistics. Learned and applied numerous programming languages, including SAS and Unix Shell programming, to aid in the synthesis of data for use in federal regulations and reports.
ACTIVITIES
  • Independent Design/Development contractor, Handshake.com, Romlight.com, WebUseNet Corp
  • Cornell University coed a cappella group, The Class Notes - Former Musical Director, Publicity Manager and Webmaster
  • Cornell University Glee Club - all male vocal ensemble
SKILLS
  • Five years professional experience in GUI Design and Implementation, Information Architecture and Usability Testing
  • Six years programming in Java, C/C++, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, DHTML, Pascal and Visual Dev Studio
  • Expert in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and PageMaker, Microsoft Office, and Windows 95/98/NT
  • Comfortable on both Macintosh and DOS/Windows based systems.
  • Interests in Singing, Music Arrangement, Drawing, Painting, Piano, Football, Volleyball