Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
I’ve been at this whole interactive / graphic design shabang for close to a decade. I started out doing mostly print design of which 3 of my very first professional projects were published in Rockport Publisher’s “Best of Brochure Design 8 and 9“. Out of necessity I started doing interactive work early on in my career, quickly fell in love and have been happily married since. Being a musician for the better part of my adult life, I acquired experience and knowledge that eventually led to artist management. As a manager I was able to not only connect with amazing artists, but also bring my design passion to meet their needs. The overall experience was a tremendous exercise of networking and custom projects, while acquiring a vast knowledge of time management. Ultimately, the effort ended up overweighing the payoff and moved on to work more suitable to my current needs. While working in the music business, it became painfully obvious to me that keeping an artist’s website up-to-date was a nightmare, even with the available technologies. I took matters in my own hands and with the help of my good friend Jeremiah Talamantes, we architected, designed and developed a band website platform called eBandLive. Interaction design is not simply my job, its my passion. I love and embrace every single piece of the puzzle, from information architecture to application design to user interface design to application architecture and design, I can and highly enjoy doing it all. In addition to interactive work, I quite enjoy playing bass in Standard Thompson and hanging out with my 7-year-old son.