Matt Feifarek:CV

Professional Experience

2013
Launched “Twinkler” a web-based toy that makes art from images. I wrote the engine, designed and built the site, made all the graphic elements and images, and wrote and illustrated the explanation sections.
2008-current
Independent consultant. In recent years, my main client has been a startup in the steel industry; I’ve worked remotely, making web-based calculation tools and software prototypes, making technical drawings, managing projects, and creating marketing materials.
1997-2008
Founder, Digital Alchemy, a web-development company specializing in data-driven websites for small businesses. Clients included Eileen Fisher, Compaq, Castrol, Rainforest Alliance and many small organizations including a financial news startup, a hi-fi speaker manufacturer, a jazz archive, and high-school debate organizations.
In the early days, the web was “DIY”. We made our own content management systems, asset management systems, authorization/authentication systems, form generation libraries, and so on, and administered our own servers. We used these frameworks, tools and systems in our client work and our own projects.
Key independent projects included “FolioSpace”, a portfolio service for artists to showcase their work online, CocktailDB.com, a sophisticated cocktail recipe database using most of the frameworks mentioned above (still online, though not updated in 10 years).
1996-1997
Founder and director of production at Coherent Light, a NYC startup with a focus on audio/visual post-production work, video-graphics, and 3D animation.
Coherent Light worked on a wide variety of projects including the production of the first demo reel for Autodesk’s 3D-Studio MAX, various short videos, films, commercials, and a web-based soap opera.
After pivoting from videographics/audio-post to the web, we secured one round of venture capital to design and build a retail search engine. We were ultimately unable to raise a second round of financing, and closed up shop gracefully.
1995-1996
Web programmer, graphic artist at D3 Design in Kansas City, MO. Coded Kansas City Public Television’s first website.
1995
As a freelance web developer, I made the corporate site for Porter Novelli, then the world’s fourth largest public relations firm.

Volunteering

2009-Current
Chair, Slow Food Madison
2005-2009
Leadership board, Slow Food NYC
2005
Leadership board of Chelsea CSA
2003-2005
Treasurer, co-op board of 210W21st in NYC

Skills

  • 20+ years experience in web development, back-end and front-end frameworks and most associated technologies
  • specialist in Python language and server-side data-driven frameworks on both relational and object-store databases
  • 30+ years experience in computer imaging, digital photography, generated imagery, vector graphics, and 3D modeling/rendering/animation
  • 10+ years experience in Linux system administration

Honors, Awards, Memberships

2014-current
Member of Sector67 community hackerspace.
2014
named to Madison Magazine’s M-List of influential people
2013
speaker at “Pecha Kucha” on the theme “What keeps me up at night and gets me up in the morning.”
2012 & 2006
USA delegate to Terra Madre and Slow Food International congress

Education

1994
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Specialization in computer-mediated art and independent study
1992
Art History Study in Florence, Italy

Contact

Matt Feifarek
142 Talmadge
Madison, WI 53704

+1 (608) 403 – 5432
m@mattfeifarek.com
@mattfeifarek
Skype:mfeifarek