Hello! I'm Dave Sharples.
I'm a user experience prototyper living in San Francisco. In my free time I like to DJ and build things. One of my recent projects is the Joytone, an electronic musical instrument of my own design that was on display for six weeks at the Toronto International Film Festival's DigiPlaySpace - an exhibit of interactive technology for kids that saw 16,000 visitors this year.
In 2014 I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied Digital Media Design. The program blends computer science and fine art, which allowed me to hone my design sense while gathering a rich set of engineering skills.
In 2012, my interests led me to a summer internship at DJTechTools in San Francisco - a popular online community for DJs, and a designer/manufacturer of boutique MIDI controllers for live music performances. My big project that summer was redesigning and adding a new feature set to a small user-facing application they have for configuring the firmware on the MIDI controllers. I rebuilt the interface from the ground up, and at the end of the summer, we shipped the application. Almost immediately, there was a flood of delighted comments and positive feedback from the community.
Earlier in school I had trouble putting my finger on how I wanted to use the skills I'd accrued over the course of my education. During that summer at DJTechTools, I'd gotten a glimpse of something that really excited me. Interacting with the user base of our application and releasing something that impacted people so directly was thrilling and extremely motivational.
In 2013 I interned at VMware in the User Experience department as an Interaction Designer. I was breaking ground on an internal data analysis tool. I spent a lot of time with the prototyping team, and turned the focus of my project into a prototype demonstrating the visual design and interaction model, in addition to some methods for the actual analysis of data and implementation of the tool. The summer culminated in the company-wide Intern Poster Session, where my project was voted second place.
That summer made me realize that the thing I'd been having trouble defining earlier was in fact User Experience and the field of Human Computer Interactions. I've always been possessed by a love of technology and a fascination with how people interact with the world around them. Most of all, I like making things for people to experience.
This website is an attempt to share some of my work, thoughts, and interests. There's a lot more to tell, so feel free to contact me via the details on my contact page.