NYC Based Web & Print Designer
Accordionist and Small Business Owner
Web Design Portfolio
Web design expertise for NYC based artists, musicians, small business owners and professionals.
Highlights of Qualifications
- Experienced team leader
- Detail-orientated and organized
- Extensive technical skills
- Twenty years of design and production experience for print and the web
- Music director of the NYC Village Halloween Parade
- Small business owner of FixitBrooklyn!, a Brooklyn Handyman Service
- Experienced bandleader of the Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar
- Board member of the East European Folklife Center
- Software expertise:
- Design and Illustration: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign
- Digital Video: FinalCut Pro, IMovie
- Image Processing: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
- Multimedia: Flash 10
- Project Management: FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Excel
- Web Production: HTML, PHP, Adobe GoLive, Macromedia DreamWeaver, Macromedia Flash
MUSIC DIRECTOR, NYC VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE
2004-present, New York, NY
Manage and organize over 30 diverse bands for this annual parade attended by over one million people. Responsibilities include researching appropriate bands for the parade, negotiating contracts, creating budgets and databases, meeting with bandleaders, coordinating bands with parade marshalls, assigning lineup positions, ensuring the smooth integration of bands into the parade and following up with bands after the parade.
BANDLEADER, ZAGNUT CIRKUS ORKESTAR and ACCORDIONIST, RAYA BRASS BAND
2002-present, Brooklyn, NY
Was leader of the six piece Balkan music dance band, Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar and now a member of Raya Brass Band. Book gigs, work with wedding planners and event coordinators. Transcribe music, plan sets, contact bookers and presenters, pay band, design website, send out emails announcing shows, create excitement!
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, FIXITBROOLYN
2003-present, Brooklyn, NY
Provider of competent and trustworthy handyman services to home and business owners in Park Slope and surrounding neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Responsibilities include advertising for clients, negotiating with clients, estimating jobs, purchasing materials, performing the work within the estimated timeframe, hiring additional help as necessary, invoicing clients and bookkeeping.
FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND WEB DESIGNER
9/2000-present, New York, NY
Since moving to New York in 2000, I have concentrated on working with clients in the arts and sciences. Recent clients include: the Continuum Ensemble, a new music group based in New York; the American Academy of Ballet, a summer school ballet program at Purchase College; Tango Meydl, a Yiddish Tango performance group; and Playing With Time, a traveling exhibit on phenomena that is too fast or too slow to see that opened in St. Paul, MN in February of 2002.
For Arkady Gendler’s CD release “My Hometown Soroke“, I developed an English to alef-beys software tool that changes English transliteration into Yiddish characters and typeset the booklet in Yiddish, Yiddish transliteration and English. See Max and Minka’s Brilliante Yiddish Transmognifier for a demonstration of the English transliteration to Yiddish characters tool.
LEAD INTERFACE DESIGNER
11/96-9/2000, Redhill Studios, Sausalito, CA
Designed and supervised a wide range of projects including: “HumBio, an Interactive Exploration of Human Anatomy” for Stanford University; The Chemistry Place and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Place websites for Addison Wesley Benjamin Cummings; and Exploring Time, an Interactive Exploration of Time and Change for the Science Museum of Minnesota, a traveling exhibit with 30 interactive computer components (touring in 2002).
Created storyboards and thumbnails of interactive learning activities as well as learning tools such as a virtual microscope, an interactive anatomy chart, and a notebook. Created graphic elements for CD-ROMS and websites. Directed programmers and a team of production artists. Created art with Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and After Effects.
SENIOR INTERFACE DESIGNER
9/90-6/95, Ikonic Interactive, Inc., San Francisco
Designed, produced and coordinated a wide range of work. Responsibilities included design of program flowcharts and computer-user interfaces, writing text and scripts, and production and programming using Macintosh multimedia software. Was responsible for directing teams of 6 to 15 people including designers, programmers, producers and production artists.
Major projects included:
• “The News Exchange”, an interactive television news application for Time Warner, Inc. • “Seeing Time“, an interactive science exhibit for The SF Exploratorium • “Amnesty Interactive”, a CD-ROM title for Amnesty International • “The Parenting Place”, a prototype of a monthly CD-ROM magazine for Parenting Magazine • “Welcome to NEC“, a CD-ROM title that was distributed with all double and triple speed drives.
VIDEODISC DESIGNER AND PRODUCER
1/91-4/91, Strategies for Media Literacy and the Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco
Designed, produced and programmed “The Critical Eye“, an hour-long interactive videodisc designed to teach media literacy to middle-school students. Program was created in Hypercard on the Macintosh. Developed a unique panning and scrolling interface that helps keep the user orientated in the program.
1/90-5/90, Destinations Interactive, San Francisco
Member of a team of seven animators working in Studio 8 and Director. Helped to create a six-minute video for Pacific Bell’s “Texpo 90″ conference in Anaheim, CA. Also supervised the transfer of the animation from the Macintosh to 3/4″ Beta videotape.
INTERACTIVE VIDEO PRODUCER
5/89-7/89, Interactive Solutions, Burlingame, CA
Created graphic screens and icons for corporate interactive videodisc project for Logitech, USA.
FREELANCE GRAPHIC ARTIST
5/87-5/89, San Francisco, CA
Designed and produced many print pieces including brochures for the SF Municipal Railway, corporate reports, brochures, magazines and flyers.
B.A., Communications, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1984-1987. Awarded the college’s Nelson Urban Scholarship in senior year for “outstanding academic achievement.”
The New School for Social Research, New York, New York, 1981-82.
Playing music of all kinds on my accordion, especially music of Eastern Europe; bicycling and bicycle advocacy; travel; letter writing; volunteering with the disabled in creative environments.
PORTFOLIO AND REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
This resume can be viewed online at www.matthewfass.com with links to supporting materials and portfolio.
Background photo courtesy of Nasha Lina Schrape.