Hi! I'm a full-stack developer, product designer, and artist. I want to design and build products that change the world. If that is what you're doing, hit me up and let's party. My dream job title is Director of Tinkering with Tangible Results. I work here, here, here, here, here and teach here.

Feel free to send me an e-mail, @chrisallick or text me.
Whatever's clever.

415.300.6890

New York, NY

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When I Think About You I Text Myself allows participants to enter into a therapeutic conversation with themselves, a machine-learning chatbot, and a small group of artists. The application operates entirely over SMS, and is controlled from a custom interface that allows the artists to see all conversations at once and respond when needed. The chatbot steps in when needed. Shown at Bit Forms Gallery Temporary Highs exhibit. June 2016.

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Ruby/Redis/Twilio/HTML/JS/CSS/Chat Bot/Machine Learning

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British Nanny Netflix replaces all the voice acting in Netflix with the voice of a highfalutin British nanny (make sure subtitles are turned on after installing). Made for Stupid Hackathon with Tiff Hockin. February 2016.

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HTML/JS/CSS/Text-to-Speech

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AdStalker replaces ads with photos from your crush's Instagram. Made with Pablo Rochat and Devin O'Neill. January 2016.

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HTML/JS/CSS

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Cloud Carbon is a Chrome Extension that calculates your carbon footprint created by the use of Facebook, YouTube, and Netflix. Each time you open a new tab in Chrome you'll see your stats as well as the gallons of gas equivalent.


Cloud computing allows us to have virtual selves, digital doppelgängers, but, because of the fossil fuels burnt in order to power the data centers which store our personal data, our digital selves have very real-world carbon footprints. Made in 8 hours at Art Hack Day. Graphic design by Dan Savage. January 2015.

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Research, HTML/JS/CSS

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What is THE most annoying thing about Instagram? Not the selfies. Well, yes the selfies, but no... The most annoying thing about Instagram is that you cannot sort your followers. You have to scroll through them looking for someone. Scroll no more. With frenemies you can simply start typing and see who follows you and if you follow them. Coming soon: friend overlap. Easily browse your "friends in common." With Frank Guzzone. September 2015.

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Objective-C, Instagram API, HTML/JS/CSS

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Every company has an army of creative people looking for a platform to share their ideas. And every ad agency has a closet of work that just never made it into the light. Mother Made is an opportunity for employees to leverage the Mother brand and sell products of their own invention. We even came up with a way to give people a little cash to get started. For Mother New York with The Shop. October 2015.

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Custom Shopify Theme, HTML/JS/CSS

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Snapchat is an incredible technology. Millions of photos shared every day. As people working in communication design it's important to understand exactly how it works. Furthermore, to be succesful communication designers, we have to understand the social implications of the technology and the creative opportunity. It seems a bit silly, but most people don't actually know how Snapchat works. With Sosia Bert. August 2015.

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Thoughts, Google Image Search, Keynote, and GIFs

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Every year Mary Meeker puts out a comprehensive report of Internet trends. It is comprised of observable and quantifiable trends backed by data. Often foreshadowing current and coming changes to how we interact with technology and each other, and thus, is a critical primary source for anyone operating in advertising, digital storytelling, and brand building, as well as other spaces.

However, it can be quite dense and difficult to parse. So, we have attempted to take the actionable takeaways, insights, and data, mix in some lulz, and slap Futura on it. Mary Meeker #onfleek(er)... With Sosia Bert and Chris Roan. July 2015.

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Thoughts, Google Image Search, Keynote, and GIFs

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Fresh Meat. Mother New York asked for a fun website that would attract interns. After applying, applicants get a phone call with pre-recorded message, then a text, then an e-mail. It's fun and wacky, but the technology is air tight and delivers a punchline. 15,000+ visits the first week, record intern submissions, and a number articles were written about the site. With Colin Smight and Brian Okarski. March 2015.

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Ruby(Sinatra), Redis, HTML5/CSS/JS, PHP, Twilio, SendGrid

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Fart Code is a fun and simple way to discover the fart power of food! Fart Code uses the Factual API to determine the ingredients of a product based of it's bardcode. After figuring out which ingredients are in the product and case gas a sample sound file is generated to listen to and share. Scanned products are logged so a mobile website can be shared to show off the fart sound to a friend. With Pablo Rochat and Hanna Wittmark. May 2014.

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Objective-C, Ruby, Redis and HTML5/CSS/JS

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Over a million licks and counting! Lick This aims to get men and women laughing and talking about human computer interaction, sexuality and the wonders of the human body. With Pablo Rochat and Justin Ralph. February 2014.

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CSS/JS/HTML5, Processing.js and practice

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Ebola Near Me attempts to educate people by pulling them in with scare tactics, and then making them aware of how they are being manipulated by the media. It's a simple and highly shareable digital experience. With Frank Guzzone. October 2014.

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HTML5/CSS/JS/Fear

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Adobe Lights takes the creativity of 100 artists and channels it into a physical light installation to create a new output. A custom piece of software tracks the color underneath the mouse position of each person and transmits it via websockets to a defined cube. We worked with an architect to hand make each cube and all the lighting hardware was custom made. With Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for Adobe. March 2014.

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Arduino, Processing, Custom Hardware/Fabrication, WebGL, WebSockets

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The Dalí Museum Staring Contest app and website were made for a pro-bono client The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. Using custom eye tracking algorithms developed with OpenCV for iOS and a custom backend server written in Ruby. Don't blink! With Pablo Rochat for The Dalí Museum. January 2014.

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OpenCV, Custom Tracking Algorithm, Ruby, Objective-C and Blinks

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H.O.V.A. State! is a bookmarklet as well as Chrome/Safari extension that injects a bit of CSS into the browser to augment the hover state for buttons. When someone moves their mouse/cursor over a button instead of the pointer or "glove/hand," they see the hova hands. This is one of my favorite projects: technology/design/puns. The name is a pun on the css selector ":hover" Jay Z has still not tweeted about it... With Pablo Rochat, Emil Tissmann, Jacob Sempler. October 2013.

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HTML/CSS/JS/Swag

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mynameisrage.com uses the Google Docs API as a micro CMS. The document can be edited in browser and the Vimeo video IDs are pulled down and and templated with PHP and JavaScript. That's right... PHP. With Trevor Gilley for R.J. Glass. October 2013.

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HTML/CSS/JS/PHP

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Touch Room is an iOS experiment in haptics and remote connectivity. Using a real-time connection via WebSockets users touch points are streamed between all phones. When two participants fingers touch the exact same spot the phones vibrate. The hope is to entice people to wonder about how everyday technologies can create deeper connections between people. With Pablo Rochat. July 2013.

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Ruby, WebSockets and Objective-C.

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Work 4 Rich. July 2013.

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HTML5 JavaScript/HTML/CSS

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Sick Tats for Rad Moms is a mobile HTML5 app that allows participants to take a photo in the browser and manipulate the image on a canvas by adding tattoos. With Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. May 2013.

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Ruby, JavaScript and HTML5.

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Plug-in-Play represents a playground of ideas related to how we engage our urban environments. As participants interact with staged and adapted physical objects: benches, hopscotch, megaphone etc or social media: foursquare, facebook, flickr, twitter, etc particles representing those interactions are projected up the facade of a building. The resulting effect constitutes an attempt to create a more accurate representation of the vitality and complexity of our urban environments. With Rockwell Group. September 2010.

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Arduino, Xbee, Projection Mapping, openFrameworks, OSC and custom web apps that monitor social networks in realtime.

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Adobe Hack Eames. The Beta Group was asked to "hack" an Eames chair in anyway our imaginations desired. We created a chair that could be asked a question from an iPhone application and then would move to the answer on a custom gameboard. With GSP Beta Group. June 2013.

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Arduino, Stepper Motors, BLE 4.0 and a custom iOS control app.

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Interview done for IDSAxNY Spark in 60. June 2012.

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Written in Python using the Tweepy library and a PyMCU microcontroller.

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Modified fish and skateboard created for Bordo Bello with designer Jennifer Daniel. When the button is pushed the fish moves and speaks a random skateboard related phrase. The decks are auctioned to raise money for artist mentorship programs in Colorado. September 2011.

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The fish is controlled by an Embed and simple external amplifier circuit. The phrases are loaded from a MicroSD card controlled over SPI.

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An under one minute video shot at Old Made Vintage Clothing store in Williamsburg. After quitting advertising, but before graduate school I would babysit my friend's store. After awhile it got pretty boring so I starting making movies. Shot by Ben Brucker from Kamp Grizzly. October 2009.

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Shot on a Canon 5D surrounded by wearables...

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NICO client site for unisex bifold wallet made for Paul Vlachou. October 2011.

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HTML/CSS/JQuery + HTML5/Canvas element for the animation and URL manipulation.

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My thesis consisted of creating user experiences around exploring and discovering music. June 2011.

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The iPhone app uses the CoreLocation API and custom compass to guide people towards particular GPS locations where they can stream an MP3 to their iPhone. The MP3 player was embedded in city walls and played a track from the artist Glasser when headphones were inserted.

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Atmega328 Arduino MicroSD MP3 player created for a part of my thesis project. May 2011.

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I used a VLSI chip for the decoding of the MP3s. The software was written in C. The files are loaded from a 2GB MicroSD card at up to 320kps for audiophile quality sound with 10 hours of continuous play.

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Chromaclock is a time piece that uses water and soft circuits. Using chromatography paper, the pigments are separated as water travels up the blades. When it reaches a switch, the stepper motor rotates and places the next blade in water. April 2011.

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The blades are controlled by a stepper motor which is run with a simple circuit and Teensy. The enclosure and blades are laser cut acrylic.

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