Résumé of:
Gary Swift

P. O. Box 1203, Topanga, CA 90290
310 - 455 - 3107


Career Summary
Software and Web Systems Designer, Developer and Manager

A successful record in software and web development, engineering, processes and management. A deep understanding of both user design issues and the underlying core technology. Expert with analytic and creative problem solving methods and tools. A passion for solving complex systems design problems with innovative elegant solutions, including the front and back-end code. Very experienced UNIX, Linux and LAMP veteran.

Design: Software/web design and engineering, systems design, strategic design, design methods and problem solving tools, industrial and product design, graphic and information design, user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design, design pattern languages. Five years teaching at Cal Arts, School of Design.

Technology: Internet and web technologies (HTML, DHTML, XML, CSS, CGI, CMS, AJAX, LAMP, Apache, etc.), UNIX (Solaris, Linux, OSX, etc.), systems integration, configuration management, version control (CVS, Git, etc.), build and release, Xcode and TestFlight, visualization tools (PhotoShop, GIMP, Visio, etc.), image processing, Interactive Data Language (IDL), Perl, PHP, JavaScript, shell scripts, and some C and Java.

Management: Fifteen years of team leadership and program management in the UNIX software industry spanning the entire software development life cycle (SDLC), with focus on corporate-wide engineering policies, procedures and tools. Project management skills including Structured Planning, PERT/CPM, Redmine, etc.

Partner, Designer and Engineer, The Plan9 Group, Santa Monica, CA (2010-present)

Principal Software and Web Designer, Design MatriX, Topanga, CA (1994-present)

Program Manager, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Los Angeles, CA (1991-94)

Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Interactive Systems Corporation, Santa Monica, CA (1980-91)
(The first commercial UNIX company, acquired by Kodak, 1987, acquired by Sun Microsystems, 1991.)

Instructor, School of Design, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (1972-76)

MFA: California Institute of the Arts, School of Design, Valencia, CA (1972)
BFA: Kansas City Art Institute, Industrial Design Dept., Kansas City, MO (1970)