is probably the dumbest thing
- calvin and hobbes
My name is Christopher Miles.
Have you ever written about yourself? Defining yourself in a few sentences.. it's tough! I'll give you the gist of what I do, career-wise, but who I truly am.. well, that's something you'll just have to find out in person!
I am a Creative Technologist.
It's a fancy way of saying I mix art, code, and technology. I currently work and live in Brooklyn / NYC. A lively place filled with interesting, talented and ambitious people.
what is a Creative Technologist?
there is much debate to what role and expertise a Creative Technologist should have. the field of Creative Technology came into existence because of the need to be able to adapt to the rapid growth of new technologies and ever-changing needs of clients in todays evolving digital landscape. within many advertising agencies and creative shops, we have creative talent (art/design) and technical talent (coders/engineers) separated. companies have come to realize the necessity of hiring talent that's knowledge comes from a cross pollination of creative and technical expertise. this type of talent allows for very lean and agile teams (commonly called "Labs") that specialize in rapid prototyping. The prototypes and experiments that come out of these teams help determine wether or not an idea, usually technology focused, is viable.
that's where Creative Technologists come in.. a Creative Technologist is a highly adaptive individual who is proficient in both creative and technical ideation, problem solving, and implementation. a thinker and a doer. highly technical yet artistic.
technical / coding / engineering expertise is (IMO) the most important part of the equation.. yet there are "Creative Technologists" out there that understand the technical aspects of projects but can't do the technical aspects of projects. and vice-versa.
anyways, this is just my personal opinion and definition. Weiden+Kennedy wrote an interesting article called "Why We're Not Hiring Creative Technologists"
. definitely worth the read if you're interested in learning more.
although the title has become muddled, i still call myself a Creative Technologist because i believe i reflect the true definition and essence of what it stands for. and because it's hard to define myself as anything but. also it's two words! short and sweet!
where do you work?
i am currently employed full-time at DigitasLBi as a Principal Creative Engineer in the Labs / Innovation department.
can i hire you?
if you have a freelance project you believe i would be right for and that i would enjoy, please feel free to contact me about my availability. please understand that since i am employed full-time, i'm not able to take on all requests.
I am an Intuitive Problem Solver.
My diverse technical and creative skills / experience enables me to understand, tackle, and solve problems with a multidimensional point-of-view.
what are your technical skills?
C++ (openFrameworks / Cinder)
Leap Motion / Kinect
WebGL / openGL (learning)
Arduino / Electronics / Sensors
Full-Stack Development (MEAN Stack)
Flash + AS3 / PV3D
3D Modeling / Rigging / Animation
what are your creative skills?
Design / Mobile / Responsive
2D / 3D Animation
Motion Graphics / Video Editing
what do you mean by intuitive?
well.. a lot of times when solving problems, i go with my instinct. sometimes the solution that works is one that i don't fully understand at that moment. for some reason i just know what to do.
I am a Passionately Curious Earthling.
My curiosity about human behavior, the laws of nature, and the world at large enables me to see the forest for the trees and vice versa.
what is it about human behavior that interests you?
the mind and how people behave is one of the most interesting things to learn about and understand. i've read many books on how to observe and control your thought patterns. i like to watch and observe people and try to understand why they behave or react a certain way. like kids for instance, they are always touching everything and looking everywhere, keenly and happily observing. as we grow up we start to lose some of that sense of wonder. that's why, as calvin and hobbes says, "becoming an adult is probably the dumbest thing you can do!" i believe kids can teach us a lot about ourselves and how we've become who we are today.
i also bring my ever-changing understanding of human behavior to my design work which allows me to create better, human-centered user experiences.
how do the laws of nature interest you?
everything really. how light refracts. the golden ratio. mathemetical patterns in nature. quantum physics. if you have time, you should look up the double-slit experiment. the short version is that the results of an experiment are changed based on wether or not someone is observing the experiment. it's amazing! but don't just take my word for it, watch a video on it and understand for yourself what's happening in the world around us.