Matt Feifarek : CV

This is clearly woefully out of date; if you have questions about what I've been up to, please contact me!

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.
2008-2016
Independent consultant. My main client was a startup in the steel industry; making web-based calculation tools and software prototypes, making technical drawings, managing projects, and supervising marketing materials including print catalogs and direct email campaigns.
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 versioned 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

2009-2018
Chair, Slow Food Madison. Managed a rotating team of volunteers across several initiatives and events. More about my work with Slow Food.
2005-2009
Leadership board, Slow Food NYC
2005
Leadership board of Chelsea CSA
2003-2005
Treasurer, co-op board of 210W21st in NYC

Skills

Honors, Awards, Memberships

2017-current
Member of [Horizon] social-enterprise oriented co-working space.
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

2017
Justified Anger”: An African American history course taught in Madison Wisconsin.
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 +1 (608) 403 – 5432 m@mattfeifarek.com