Designer, food enthusiast and Rube Goldberg machine fanatic, I grew up in Holmdel, NJ – a stone’s throw away from the Jersey shore. Early on, I developed an interest in contraptions, puzzles, learning how things work, taking things apart, and constructing. I eventually traded in my K’Nex for a computer and began tinkering with Macromedia Flash (now Adobe). My first creation was a fighting stick figure animation strongly influenced by the Xiao Xiao animation series and The Matrix. (NERD ALERT)
The design-freak floodgates had been opened. I pursued a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from The University of Pennsylvania. During that time, I worked as an intern in MTV’s On-Air Design department and later at Showtime in their Digital Design department where I mastered a variety of tasks including buying mannequin heads for my bosses and creating some badass program interstitials and online content for Dexter, Weeds, and Nurse Jackie. It was at that time that I also learned stop-motion animation and used it to create my own Rube Goldberg machine (which involved hanging toast from my frat house ceiling).
After college, I joined The Barbarian Group, a digital advertising agency in NYC. Although I spent most of my days creating awesome things on the Internet for clients like Samsung, Quaker, GE, and Pepsi, I carved out time to kick ass on the agency’s ping-pong, bowling, and kickball teams.
I worked at indie digital agency Kettle and spent much of my time in Silicon Valley designing websites for the world’s most notorious mobile device brand. My work on one of their projects was recognized as part of a Cannes Lion Grand Prix award-winning campaign.
Most recently, I’ve been at Turner Duckworth, a renowned branding design studio, helping some of the biggest brands in the world define how they look, move, and feel in digital and interactive spaces. This work ranges from the smallest (think 16 by 16 pixel website favicons) to the largest placements in the world (ie. Times Square takeovers, complete sporting arena takeovers, and a video that played on the exterior of the tallest building in the entire world).
When I’m not busting my eardrums rocking out to death metal or making lists of the lists I need to make, I can be found, camera in hand, eating my way across whatever city I’m in. Like nearly everything I love to do, I take my passion for food to a completely ridiculous level. I’ve made a habit of photographing every dish at every meal and sharing it with my followers on Instagram and my personal food blog Winston Wanders.