Frank Barletta – Industrial Designer

(that’s me)

My name is Frank and I’m a design student from Syracuse, New York. I’ll graduate in May with an industrial design degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Industrial design is all about combining artistic skills, technical skills, and critical thinking to solve problems for commercial products and other physical items.

We are taught the design process and design thinking, which it turns out, can be applied to any situation, be it graphic design, user interface design, exhibit design, interior design, etc. I never really explored the other design majors or really any other kinds of design before choosing industrial design. It made me wonder for a bit there if I made the right choice. For example, this past year I became really passionate about graphic design, specifically typography and identity design. I was a little worried that my love for industrial design was fading by comparison. 

As I’m nearing the end of my undergraduate design education though, I learned that design is fundamentally universal. The principles between graphic, industrial, all of them really, overlap tremendously. I realized that my love for industrial or even graphic design was really a love for visual communication. Conveying ideas through type, shape, color, texture, all of it are what I love about design, not simply just designing shoes or furniture, or magazine spreads.

That being said, I’m happy with my degree because it has allowed me the flexibility to explore as many avenues of design as I can before I graduate. I’ve had the opportunity to work in corporate and freelance settings and have grown as a designer and professional. I am excited to continue looking for full time positions in the industrial design world where I can practice my skills and explore new ones.

You can take a look at my resume and website to get a feel for the professional and academic experiences I’ve had in design, as well as the work I enjoy doing. Also, feel free to send me a message and connect over Linkedin.

How a drawing I made in kindergarten got my startup to Silicon Valley

Zack Banack at the Great New York State Fair ’18

Hi, my name’s Zack and I have a story. This is a story about video games, losing a best friend, and becoming business partners with Gwyneth Paltrow.

This is a story that will resonate with those who have that inescapable, suffocating desire to make things — anything.

But, most importantly, this is a story about viewing failure as a means of self-improvement.

Allow me to introduce myself.

Who is Zack Banack?

I spend my mornings in the classroom, my afternoons working, and my nights making passion projects. Some people call me an “entrepreneur”. I don’t care much for that term; the internet has tainted that label for me.

I’m a Management Information Systems student studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology (‘19) in Rochester, New York. I’m getting my minor in Marketing. Even though I’m working towards a business degree, my true passions lay in creative developments. I love web and mobile, game making, and software engineering.

Make time to make things

I’m always making new things. For example, in early 2019 I created 2020 Colors. 2020 Colors is a color encyclopedia for designers and marketers. This website renders unique and information-heavy pages for over 16 million colors.

2020 Colors, your knowledge base for all things color

Why did I make this? Because I wanted to see if I could.

I’m always trying to one-up myself. But, sometimes, that means I bite off more than I can chew. Most of my side projects fall through the cracks, but some become businesses. This is where my MIS degree comes in handy.

Like any good adventure, mine begins with Super Mario

Growing up, I was fascinated by video games. It wasn’t so much the games themselves that I fell in love with. Rather, the concept of controlling characters in an alternate world piqued my interests.

I grew up with a Nintendo 64, a Game Boy Advance, and a wild imagination. From the moment I put my hand on a joystick, I knew that I wanted to craft my own story. I was dead-set on making video games.

How to (not) make video games

Being ten years old and without access to a computer, I thought video games were consecutive drawings, much like that of animation. I was under the impression that every possible “frame” had to be drawn individually. It was an absolutely absurd assumption in hindsight, but that’s exactly what I did.

I hand-drew hundreds and hundreds of storyboard frames.

I couldn’t fit all my childhood drawings into a single image if I tried.

My work wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t pretty, and there was no way of actually playing these so-called games. Although, I felt like I was doing something to get closer to my dream.

You can read more about my “paper games” in the long-form, picture-filled blog post, From Crayons to Coding.

Each one of these games used about an entire ream of paper and a pack or two of markers or crayons. My parents didn’t get mad at all the resources I went through, but rather praised my creativity and dedication.

There’s fun to be had in being technical.

Even at such a young age, I tried to be realistic in my design. I would add in menus, character selection screens, naming systems, flowcharts, and so on.

If you want to learn how to code, make video games

Fast forward a few years and I eventually did learn how to make games! I discovered a piece of software called GameMaker. It’s still around today, over a decade later. And, it’s more powerful than ever.

GameMaker was my first step into the world of programming. Making video games is a great way to learn computer logic as games are goal-oriented in nature. Break down the components of a complex game and learn to make them one-by-one.

The more I made, the less I drew. But, I paid homage. In 2010, I released a PC game called Paper Dreams. This game was special because all the sprites were drawn with crayons or markers on paper and then scanned to my computer.

Paper Dreams is colorful and hectic.

Paper Dreams and its sequel were reflections of my childhood, where I wanted so badly for my drawings to come to life for me to play with.

I released over thirty games and published them to play on Game Jolt. Most aren’t very good now that my age (and skill levels) are older. But, I take pride in them. Some of them were even quite popular! In fact, TimeStill was featured on G4TV’s Attack of the Show.

Just a glimpse at some of the 30+ games I’ve made. Most were two-dimensional and inspired by the 8-bit era.

Remembering my roots: the coolest project I’ve ever made

Keeping with the hand-drawn trend, I prototyped a project that real-time transforms photographs of doodles into playable games. Had something like this existed when I was six, my world would have been transformed. Now, I want to create tools for the dreamers, the six-year-old mes.

I highly recommend watching the video below. It’s one of my favorite projects to date.

The tools you use don’t matter

Self-branded as “The Most Accurate Snow Day Calculator”

In 2014, I took home the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s “Student Technologist of the Year” award for my work on the iPhone app, Whiteout Watch.

Whiteout Watch is now defunct, but it was a service for eager school-aged children. During winter months, it would deliver next-day probabilities of snow days in school districts. With almost 90% prediction accuracy, I was branded “The Snowman” by local news. You can read more about this project on the Syracuse.com article.

But here’s the thing: I made the Whiteout Watch utility in GameMaker, a piece of software meant for video game development.

Don’t let tools dictate what you can and can’t do. Push the perceived boundaries of the tools you’re using. Work smart, not hard. Right? Just be sure you don’t get overly-comfortable and put off learning new tools when necessary.

Coming full circle

Video games got me into coding. Coding got me making projects (like Whiteout Watch). Making projects got me a job making video games.

I don’t make games as a hobby much anymore. But since late 2015, I’ve worked as the lead front-end HTML5 game developer for a small studio. I’ve impacted over a million lives through my work across various genres. I’ve made everything under the sun from casual games to children’s educational games to casino and high-stakes games, and am even starting to tip-toe into MMORPGs.

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m an advocate of getting code in classrooms. Programming is an invaluable skill for people of all ages. Through a side project of mine called The Step Event, I’m creating educational game development content and creating the tutorials I wish I had when I was starting.

Without the desire to create video games, I wouldn’t have gotten the same exposure to programming. I was given an outlet to see my imagination come to life.

Writing code has already taken me so far. It’s allowed me to create entertainment as well as products to solve some of the world’s modern problems.

Next, you’ll learn about my most ambitious project to date, Afterbox.

Afterbox and my debut on Apple Music’s original series, Planet of the Apps

Mid-2016, I was contacted by a talent agent asking if I wanted to seed investment pitch Whiteout Watch for an upcoming show about app developers.

I declined the offer to pitch Whiteout Watch. I countered the offer with Afterbox, a service I was prototyping from my dorm room.

Afterbox is an end-of-life preparation service… Quite different from the calculator toy.

I believe in silver linings

My greatest accomplishment resulted from my greatest loss.

My RIT roommate, my best friend, Matthew, lost his life unexpectedly our sophomore year. This event instilled in me the harsh reality that young adults are under-prepared for what they’re leaving behind.

As a then-20-year-old, creating a business surrounding such an often-viewed unsettling topic (death) raised some eyebrows.

I set out to change the stigma in the most non-intimidating way possible. Through Afterbox’s friendly user experience, I got people thinking about the fragility of life without scaring them. Here’s promotional materials for the app.

Might as well go big

Me and Gwyneth Paltrow. (I’ve lost 120 pounds since this picture was taken!)

In the summer of 2017, I starred on Apple Music’s reality show, Planet of the Apps. Episode 9, Might as Well Go Big, documented my journey founding, developing, and getting grant-funding for Afterbox, LLC.

I pitched my prototype to celebrities and influencers Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk, and will.i.am.

Lightspeed Venture Partners gave Afterbox financial support and invited me and my co-founder, Noah Chrysler — better known as the personality behind the RIT Newsman — to join their 2017 Summer Fellowship program.

The Summer Fellowship program was invaluable. Noah and I participated in hands-on activities and weekly assignments honing in on the markets Afterbox would be penetrating. The experiences provided us with real-world examples of how to acquire customers and build a sustainable business. The Fellowship was a rich collaborative environment with a plethora of resources, both capital, and networking.

One of our mentors, Jeremy Liew, wrote a lovely Medium article about Afterbox: Supporting student founders like Zack Banack at Afterbox.

Palo Alto, California

Noah Chrysler (left), Zack Banack (right). Photo credit: Sugandha Dubey

With a little budget and big ambitions, Noah and I grew a 7-member-strong team under tight deadlines. We wanted Afterbox live on the App Store to download alongside the worldwide August 8 episode premiere.

This was such a grandiose opportunity, something we could not pass up. Hundreds of thousands of eyes would be on Afterbox. We’d never get exposure as concentrated as this again. We needed to make the deadline.

We missed the deadline.

Our entire team put in a tremendous effort, but it wasn’t enough. The scope of the project was too large. More importantly, I wasn’t fit for being a founder. I wasn’t prepared for how much blood, sweat, and tears there would be.

I thought I could “just” start a company. But there are no “justs” in Silicon Valley. This made me grow a larger appreciation for the startup scene and work ethic as a whole.

While Afterbox is offline for the foreseeable future, I still receive emails weekly from fans of the show thanking me. They tell me they’re grateful for getting them to “finally” create a last will and testament. Regardless of service tangibility, the world is a slightly better place now. Although, it’s still missing dear Matthew.

The consistency in my life has been from coding

If isolated, each “chapter” of my life seems so distinct and separated. But there are definitive segues bridging the gaps.

  1. Childhood creativity made me want to make video games.
  2. GameMaker got me coding and helped me launch Whiteout Watch.
  3. Whiteout Watch got my foot in the door to bring Afterbox to the masses.
  4. Afterbox failed, but I came out a stronger person with more self-awareness.

Even though I see those four points laid out, I can’t possibly predict the fifth point. Sure, I can take some wild guesses based on what projects I’m currently developing. But it’s the unpredictability of life that’s almost refreshing to me.

I spend so much time immersed in computers and math. I know precisely the inputs required to produce specific outputs in the digital world. Human life, desires, and emotions in the 21st century aren’t as mechanical as the computers we use. It’s true that behavior can be predicted to an extent. But for the time being, we’re still just bags of flesh trying our best.

If I had to summarize this bio with a single sentence, it would be the following: Be grateful for what you have but be hungry for more.

That’s all (for now), folks!

Thank you for reading! I’ll leave you with some links.


  • Check out my personal blog, where I post interesting stories and coding tutorials. One of my most popular posts is about a mysterious Nickelodeon animation that went missing for over 30 years, Clock Man!
  • View some of my open-source projects on GitHub.
  • Learn how to program video games. If you ask yourself “how are video games made?” or “how do I make video games?”, look no further than The Step Event: game maker resources.

Alexander Yu Huang

Salutations!

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About Me

My name is Alexander Yu Huang. I am a SOIS student at Rochester Institute of Technology studying to become a Full Stack developer. SOIS, or School of Individualized Studies, is a program where students can create a degree that is personalized to their needs and interests. It is an excellent program for students who feel dissatisfied with the courses taken in other degrees. However, students must provide a valid reasoning behind the courses chosen to receive this degree.

Full Stack Developer

For my SOIS degree I have a focus on Computer Science and on Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Marketing. The courses I take in both these areas will allow me to pursue my career as a Full Stack developer. A Full Stack developer is known as the “jack of all trades, master of none” in the computer world. They have knowledge in both the front-end and back-end of a program or website. Although they don’t specialize in anything, they are the most proficient in connecting both sides together. This is due to being able to understand the whole program or website on a macro level. I want to be a Full Stack developer because I enjoy “seeing the big picture.” I like to see everything work together but not necessarily how each individual component works by itself in detail.

I mentioned that I have a minor in Marketing. Although marketing is not something people normally think of when it comes to being a Full Stack developer, I feel that marketing is helpful for this career. SEO is a very important aspect when it comes to designing a website. It dictates how well your website is doing and whether or not there may be improvements to make. By knowing about marketing beforehand I am able to design a website with SEO in mind and bring about satisfactory results.

If you would like to know more about me, feel free to check out the links below!

Resume

LinkedIn

Miss Media Marketing

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Eboni Ellis

My name is Eboni, I study New Media Marketing and I love art! There is art in the way a wave crashes on

the sand or the way a meal is presented at a restaurant. You can say I’ve dedicated my life to the arts. I have bungee jumped in Mexico, jet skied in Aruba, and even cooked paella in Spain. I’ve been savvy with paint brushes and pencils for as long as I can remember. I consider myself to be very free spirited and open minded. So, when it came to picking a career for myself the choice was obvious! I was going to study… new media marketing.

Social Coin Company group photo coop for new media marketing
Social Coin Company group photo

Confused? Well let me explain. I believe marketing is a form of art. Anything that requires a level of creativity and innovation is art. Media Marketing done right has the ability to tap into people’s emotions, twist the way they think and move millions towards a common goal. If that’s not an art form I don’t know what is. Have you ever seen a n add the made you smile or a commercial that brought you dangerously close to tears? Well that is art… and art has always been a huge part of my life and by studying marketing I know it always will be.

I was able to apply the skill sets I learned into my work experience and have had huge impact on not only the company but the world! If you want to learn more about me and how I am doing my part to change the marketing world check out the links below!

I represented Social Coin at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain!

Linkedin

Resume

I wrote a children’s book! Check it out

 

Are you interested in more New Media Marketing students from RIT and what they have accomplished? Meet Kayla

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Shayne Mogilski, Please Hire Me

Hello

My name is Shayne Mogilski, and I’m currently a third year New Media Marketing student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I’ve studied hard in classes to understand the material, and not just remember it. Classes such as Internet Marketing have really helped me understand New Media Marketing. RIT has also helped me grow with chances to lead. This includes being president of RIT’s Sports Enthusiasts Club, along with responsibilities for RIT’s Phi Sigma Pi chapter. Through the good and bad times, I would have to say that RIT has changed my life significantly in the last 3 years and I’m almost ready to reach the next chapter in my career. Speaking of which…

Business Experience

Over the past few years, I’ve gained business experience in many different forms. While I was a senior in high school, I created a business plan for Traverse Puzzle HuntsTraverse Puzzle Hunts was designed to plan unique and well-detailed events at a low price. I’ve also been responsible for the marketing plan for a potential public electronic service known as TechHub. This business plan won the first annual best business plan competition at RIT, which was an incredible accomplishment in only my first year. Along with contributing to multiple other business plans, I’ve also worked as a New Media Specialist for Legacy Financial Planning. Legacy Financial Planning is respected throughout the financial community nationwide and are run by two of the most successful financial planners in the industry. I hope to only increase my experience with a paid Co-Op opportunity in the near future.

Contact Me

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shayne.mogilski

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaynemogilski/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShayneMogilski

Resume: Resume.docx

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Hey there, it’s Lisa Hornak

Picture of LisaMy name is Lisa Hornak and I am originally from Houston, PA. Currently, I am a third-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology. I chose to major in Marketing with a Supply Chain Management minor. Finally, I am a member of the Women’s Rugby team at RIT and the DECA club at RIT.

In the future, I  plan to work in the sports marketing or marketing analytics industry. Even though I prefer to stay in the Rochester area, which I now consider it to be home, I am always up for an adventure when a good opportunity opens up.

Lisa Hornak - Spongebob meme

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
 ― Martin Luther King Jr.

If you can’t run, walk, or crawl then I guess you end up crutching like me. Right now I am on crutches for the next 6+ weeks with a cracked fibula. Being on crutches has definitely been an eye-opening experience in snowy Rochester to the accessibility challenges of going to a large university.

Crutches

As my journey through college is starting to near the end, I am currently searching for a marketing co-op for this summer. By filling out hundreds of applications and obsessively checking various job sites the past few months I learned a lot. Therefore, I am more cognizant of what jobs are out there and how my interests match up.

 

What should you do next:

Finally, take a glance at my Twitter, LinkedIn, and Resume. No need to actually read them just open the link.  I need to analyze traffic being driven to this page using Google Analytics for my marketing assignment.

Lisa Hornak- LinkedIn

Lisa Hornak- Resume

If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me: Email.

 

Lisa Hornak Injury Update [ 3/27/18]

Four x-rays later, I am off crutches and in an air cast. Now, I will wear the “walking boot” another month followed by physical therapy. I am looking forward to when I can return to my active lifestyle and getting back into my gym routine.

 

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Shakira K. Jackson, Digital Marketer with a Heart of Gold!

Hi, I’m Kira Jackson.

I’m a 4th year New Media Marketing major at Rochester Institute of Technology. I’ll be graduating May 2018 with my B.S. degree in Business Administration.

About Me…

Shakira K. Jackson New Media Marketing Student, soon to be graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Shakira k. Jackson

I’m an aspiring digital marketer who wishes to cross into the healthcare industry. At this moment you may be asking yourself, of all industries why the healthcare industry? The truth is, I really like helping people. If I had the patience and passion for it I probably would have become a doctor. But, here I am telling you why I decided to go to business school. The world of business and healthcare at times can seem cold and uncaring. I hope to show all who come in contact with my work, there is a marketer out there who has their best interest at heart.

My passion…

If you couldn’t tell from the previous paragraph I am a people person. I love to make people forget about their problems and worries. When I was 17 years old I began working in the Geriatrics & Palliative Care department at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Our work mainly focuses on progressing the MOLST program in New York State. The MOLST program is a medical order form that tells others the patient’s medical orders for life-sustaining treatment. All health care professionals must follow these medical orders as the patient moves from one location to another, unless a physician examines the patients, reviews the orders, and changes them. Everyone assumes that when it’s there time to “kick the bucket” they can do so as they please. That’s not true in NYS, if you don’t have medial orders signed by a physician that align with your wishes you can end up dying in a place you may not have wanted to be. I’m doing all that I can to assist in marketing the MOLST form to the public, so pretty soon it will not be a reality for many elderly people.

Marketing Plans for The Future…

Currently, I plan to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, or the University of Rochester for my Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Healthcare. I plan to start my masters program 6 months – 1 year after graduating in May.

Join my network!

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Reed Austin Resume

Content Creator Reed Austin Resume
Owner of RAD Rendering

Help me out by clicking on the Resume, thanks!

Resume 

Hi Everyone,

I’m Reed Austin an entrepreneur and a senior New Media Marketing student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. My teacher in my SEO class wants us to analyze the traffic being driven to this page using google analytics. If we get a lot of clicks on our links we get more data to use for the assignment. To help me out please click on all the links.

My background

If you are curious about my background at all then read on, but if you want the quick version you can skip to the end to click on my social media links. You can judge me based on those profiles and comments.

I started my educational journey in college as a computer engineer because I took five years of pre-engineering classes in my middle school to high school years. I fell in love with the problem-solving aspect early on in my pursuits to be an engineer.

Unfortunately, as time went on I found myself unhappy because I wasn’t being creatively fulfilled. I had a hobby of creating videos online since I was fourteen years old. Over the years I became more popular and realized my true passions lied within content creation.

I jumped from five different disciplines of engineering to economics and criminal justice and finally settled in new media marketing. It took some time, but I made the connection of using all these interests to create a business of my own that satisfied my passions and paid the bills.

But honestly the entire class just wants to see who can get the most clicks and from where around the world. Yah competitions!

Resume and Social Links

Resume 

RAD Rendering Website

Reed Austin’s Twitter

Reed Austin’s Facebook

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Matthew Missert

Introduction:
Hi! the name’s Matt. I’m 4th year undergrad student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I’m finishing up my degree in New Media Marketing (fancy title for marketing with a technical focus) paired with a dual minor in International Business and Communications.
I’ve spent time working in the B2B field, but most of my education has centered around the consumer market. With the work I’ve done through RIT these past 4 years, I’m aiming towards working in the international marketing industry, working to introduce products and experiences to new emerging markets around the globe. (or across the world, if you know… flat earth and all.)

I was born in Buffalo NY and briefly lived in Hamburg NY before moving to Laconia New Hampshire around 2001. I came to RIT largely for the co-op program.
Growing up in New Hampshire, I’ve adopted a strong passion for being outdoors. You can find me hiking and fishing in the summer and snowboarding or skating in the winter.

My Future:

I’ve been struggling with answering the “what are your plans after graduation” question for some time now and to be honest I still don’t know what I want to do. I plan on moving back to New England, closer to Boston in order to join the professional world, but at the same time I’m drawn to the idea of packing a bag and traveling as much as I can before my student loan payments start to kick in.

Get to Know Me!

I’m on all social media platforms, and have my own website too!

Resume

https://matthewmissert.com
https://www.facebook.com/matt.missert
https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewmissert/
Twitter: @MattRMissert
Instagram: @mattrobmissert

 

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How to create that PERFECT resume to land you that PERFECT job!

Hey there! My name is Amogh Jeerige, and I appreciate your  co-operation for coming to this page to know more about the social experiment I am conducting for a class to create that perfect coded resume (Amogh-sample). You can also view my Instagram page here.

I have uploaded the link to my resume and you can also do the same or use other such templates which are open source and free on Share latex. I have attached the source code (Amogh) which you guys can download and use to modify and create your personalized coded resume. You need to edit the parts/fields you wish to change based on your requirements (It is totally flexible and customizable).

Check my LinkedIn profile

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