Jason Kottke

[email protected]
New York, NY


Freelance Designer/Programmer
August 1998 - present

Visual & interface design, HTML, Perl programming, and other assorted web goodies for clients like Lawson Software, Charles Schwab, and Susan Orlean.

Senior Designer
Moreover.com, San Francisco, CA
October 2000 - August 2001

Responsible for the overall visual & information design of Moreover.com's web site and online collateral material. Worked within a team to produce web-based applications for Moreover.com's clients.

B-Swing, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
July 1999 - October 2000

Worked closely with the Creative Director and design team on graphic and interface design for the web, information design, HTML layout, and Flash to build sites for clients. Also assisted in telling jokes at the lunch table.

Interactive Designer
Kuester Partners, Minneapolis, MN
November 1998 - April 1999

Worked within a team to produce web sites for clients. Graphic/interface design for the web, HTML layout, information design, etc.

Web Developer
Imation Internet Studio/Imaginet, Minneapolis, MN
September 1996 - August 1998

Performed a wide variety of duties including graphic design, web design, interface design, strategic planning, internal & external project management, client- and server-side programming with Cold Fusion, Perl and JavaScript, web-enabling databases, and HTML scripting.

skills, applications, and technologies

Lots of experience/frequent use:
Photoshop, BBEdit, HomeSite, CSS, HTML, writing for the web, interface design, web design, visual design, information architecture, usability, figuring things out, research, working in teams, weblogs, writing.

Some experience/less frequent use:
XHTML, typography, Unix command line (Linux & BSD), MS Office, Flash, Illustrator, ImageReady, Perl, JavaScript, project management, Quark XPress, print design, Windows 95/98/2000, Actionscript, illustration, logo design, SQL, MySQL, ColdFusion, Acrobat, Apache, regular expressions.

speaking & conferences

SXSW 2003 Interactive Festival, Advisory Board Member
Serving as a member of the National Advisory Board for the SXSW 2003 Interactive Festival, assisting the festival organizers with the speaker & panelist selection process, festival format, and the like. (Served in same capacity from 2000-2002 as well.)

Seybold SF 2001 Conference, Keynote Panelist
Participated in a keynote conversation entitled "Target America: How Publishers & Their Production Teams Fared in Covering the Tragedies in New York and Washington" at Seybold SF 2001 in San Francisco, CA.

NetMedia 2001: The Internet Conference for Journalists, Panel Speaker
Spoke on a panel about the role of weblogs in online journalism at the NetMedia 2001 Conference in London, UK.

SXSW 2001 Interactive Festival, Panel Moderator
Organized and moderated a panel called "Microcontent: Beyond the Web Page" at the SXSW 2001 Interactive Festival in Austin, TX.

SXSW 2000 Interactive Festival, Panel Speaker
I spoke on both the "Weblogs" roundtable and the "Cease and Desist: Tales from the Courtroom" panel at the SXSW 2000 Interactive Festival in Austin, TX.

press & publications

Web Design Essentials, Contributor
I contributed three web design techniques for Web Design Essentials, a book for professional web designers published by Adobe Press.

ID Magazine, Feature article
Silkscreen, a small, easy-to-read, aliased typeface I created, was profiled in an article in the April 2001 issue of ID Magazine, a highly-regarded design publication. Silkscreen is available for free on my site and has been used by MTV, Herman Miller, Sephora, Adobe, Volvo, and Britney Spears.

Web Design 100, Featured Site
0sil8, one of my personal web sites, was included in the book Web Design 100 as one of the 100 best designed sites on the web. The sites for Web Design 100 were compiled by Kinotrope, a leading Japanese design firm.

In the news
In addition to the above, I've also been featured, interviewed, and mentioned in print publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Forbes, The New York Times, Speak, Brill's Content, Shift, Yahoo! Internet Life, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, online media like The Atlantic Online and Wired News, and on television programs on CNN and TechTV.

awards & miscellaneous

2000 5K Award Contest, Judge
As a judge for the 5K Award Contest, I looked at hundreds of tiny sites (each under 5K in size) and tried to determine which one was the best. It was a difficult task.

1999 AIGA MN Design Show Award, Website/Interactive
B-Swing won a Gold Award for the NetRadio.com web site at the 1999 AIGA MN Design Show.

2000 Webby Award Nomination, Personal Category
Kottke.org, one of my personal web sites, was nominated for a 2000 Webby Award in the Personal category. Alas, I did not win.

1999 SXSW Interactive Festival Web Competition Winner, Best Personal Site
0sil8, one of my personal web sites, was voted the best personal web site in the Web Awards Competition at the 1999 SXSW Interactive Festival.

Web 98 Cool Site in a Day Contest, Art Director
I was art director for the East Coast team in the Cool Site in a Day Contest at the Web 98 conference. We developed the Hospitality House web (http://www.hospitalityhouse.org) site in eight hours, winning the contest in the process.

higher education

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Fall 1991 to Spring 1995. Graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. (Physics) and a 3.64/4.0 GPA. Presidential Scholarship, 1991-1995. Honors Program, 1992-1995. Phi Beta Kappa, 1995.


My mom thinks I'm really great, but more appropriate references are available upon request.
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