Portfolio: http://macbodachland.com/ian/ Github: https://github.com/macfarlandian Glitch: https://glitch.com/@macfarlandian
def next( ):
Designing for humans. Expressing values in words, images, actions, and code. Thinking architecturally. Supporting openness, diversity, and inclusion in the tech industry through advocacy and practice.
def now( ):
Senior software engineer
Initially hired as a front-end web developer, I have grown into a senior full-stack role specializing in internal tools, application architecture, and data visualization. Comfy is a unique product that connects people directly to the software-controlled systems of their office buildings (HVAC, lighting, space reservation, etc.), and I have worked on everything from the end user interface to dashboards and integration with third-party building management systems. I have also conducted user research to generate new product ideas; proposed and implemented new hiring practices in engineering that place equal emphasis on assessments of technical skill, team dynamics, and cultural values; mentored junior engineers; and supported efforts to make Comfy a corporate charter member of the TechEquity Collaborative.
English (content strategy, copyediting, essays, fiction, interviewing)
Systems (data modeling, application architecture, user experience and interfaces)
Graphic (data visualization; typography; layout and composition; photo manipulation; branding)
def prev( ):
Master's in Information Management & Systems
UC Berkeley School of Information
Drawing on my previous career in media, I focused on digital publishing systems, textual analysis, and data visualization during my master's studies at the I School. With Prof. Bob Glushko, I was a contributing author for The Discipline of Organizing, an essential core text for information science programs. With Prof. Marti Hearst, I led the design and development for a new version of Wordseer, an open-source tool for deep textual analysis, and contributed to the creation and qualitative assessment of a tool for exploratory data analysis on a research team of three. Alongside my broad theoretical and technical studies, I held positions as an I School Fellow, a Teaching Assistant, and a Graduate Student Researcher.
OpenBudget Oakland project lead
OpenBudget was the founding project of OpenOakland, an all-volunteer civic tech organization that is part of the Code for America Brigade network. I joined as a technical contributor and took over as project lead two years later, designing and building new data exploration features in an effort to make Oakland's city budget data more accessible to its citizens. By developing a good working relationship with city officials, we were able to get pre-release data under embargo for timely publication for the 2015 and 2017 budget cycles. Mayor Libby Schaaf highlighted our work during her keynote at the 2016 Code for America Summit, and in 2017, the city, inspired by our work, added a set of budget exploration tools to its own website.
Digital and managing editor
New York, NY
Oversaw and implemented digital initiatives to access new audiences and distribution channels. Products launched: iPad edition built with Mag+; Kindle ebook anthology; metered paywall solution to expose paid content to SEO and sharing. Trafficked jobs and files. Assisted art director with design tasks. Edited articles and podcasts.
Designer and contributor
Conceived and designed logo, cover, typographic styles and layout templates for startup New York City literary journal. Delivered files to printer and ebook retailers. Had my short story published.
Managed design and production. Made assignments and workflow improvements. Developed and contributed to data journalism package with Google Maps API, custom CMS and automated layout system, website redesign. Awards: Best use of multimedia and best arts coverage, NYPA; best A&E feature (third place), SNA.