Curriculum Vitae

James S. Hovell

Graphic Design, Software Development, Metal Fabrication

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
College for Creative Studies — Detroit, Michigan 2004 to 2008

Machine Technologies and Welding Sciences
Laney College — Oakland, California 2012 to 2016


Communication Design Adjunct Faculty
College for Creative Studies — Detroit, MI
September 2019 to Present

Member of the Communications Design department. Teaching an advanced interaction design course, where students are introduced to more complex design principles, code language(s), hardware/software used in the creation of dynamic communication design solutions that are physical, human-centric experiences that extends our understanding of user interface and experiences.

Multimedia Specialist
The Exploratorium — San Francisco, CA
January 2011 to Present

Designer and production artist for interactive experiences on the floor and web.

Worked with the Bay Observatory Gallery to design and develop an interactive exhibit that explores complex stories surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area using Arc Software and Python to process GIS data (USGS, NOAA, the US Census, SF OpenData, and live AIS Marine Traffic) into a Java application for display.

Collaborated with the Online Media team to bring the Exploratorium website through two major redesigns. Developed and designed a responsive website built on a custom Drupal 7 CMS, including a custom API, theme, and module development using PHP, Javascript, and HTML5.

Developed custom software for The Institute for Inquiry’s annotated video site. Developed an easy to browse site for 200+ classroom teaching materials called Science Snacks. Design consultation and illustration for the award-winning Sound Uncovered iPad app.

Exhibit Developer and Technician
Michigan Science Center — Detroit, MI
September 2018 to September 2020

Exhibits specialist, graphic designer, and general fabricator. As well as Manager over the Operations team; the overall scope of Operations includes HVAC and facilities oversight, AV, security, exhibits, and front of house appearance and guest services.

Principle Designer and Fabricator
October 2015 to 2018

Studio specializing in design; sculptural fabrication, graphic design, branding strategies, and web development. Clients have included the City of Oakland, the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and the Exploratorium.

Tool Room Machinist
L.A. Martin Co — Dearborn, MI
March 2018 to September 2018

Machinist in a job shop that manufactures components for the automotive industry, and government contracts. Working with a variety of machine tools, from manual to CNC.

CNC Machinist Operator and Setup
GM Associates — Oakland, CA
April 2016 to November 2016

Machined Fuzed Quartz Glass components for the fiber and semiconductor industry. Maintained tight tolerances throughout the delicate fixturing and production of parts.

Machinist and Metal Fabricator
Product & Design — San Leandro, CA
December 2016 to August 2017

Machinist and metal fabricator at a high end architectural ironworking studio. Machined, assembled, and installed large metal works for commercial and residential clientele.

CNC Machinist and Welder
Oldani Art Studio — Oakland, CA
April 2016 to November 2016

General Machinist and Fabricator. Led the restoration and operation of several CNC machines at Oldani Art Studio, an architectural design and fabrication shop in Oakland.

Creative Director and Co–Founder
ArtHERE — San Francisco, CA
May 2011 to January 2013

Co-lead a team in the development of an online platform that crowd-sources urban revitalization by connecting art and cultural works with underutilized urban spaces.

Under the Fractured Atlas 501(c)(3) our team collaborated with ZERO1’s 2012 Biennial, UC Santa Cruz, and the Lower East Side Visual Artists of New York to place temporary art works throughout prominent urban areas and galleries.

Interactive Designer and Developer
TenderVoice, St. Anthony Foundation — 2011

Flash Developer and Designer
Lift Agency — 2010

Interactive Designer and Developer
OrdinaryKids Inc — San Francisco, CA
June 2009 to August 2010

Design, development, and art direction of dynamic Actionscript 3.0 micro-sites and brand collateral. Acted as lead designer, developer, photographer and model on multiple projects.

Junior Flash Developer and Designer
DONER — 2009

Junior Interactive Developer and Designer
Wunderman, Team Detroit — 2008

Exhibitions & Recognition

May 2018
Webby Winner in Events and Live Streams
The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences

Two awards for the Exploratorium's Live coverage of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

August 2016
Art + Soul Festival. Oakland, CA
Downtown Oakland. Contributed Big Wire & Bead Maze.

February 2016
Our City Oakland Fair, Frank Ogawa Plaza. Oakland, CA
Exhibition about play, City Hall. Commissioned Big Wire & Bead Maze.

November 2011
Mayoral Debate, Commonwealth Club. San Francisco, CA
Gave talk representing ArtHERE in the company of 16 Mayoral candidates.

June 2011
Summer of Smart #1, GAFFTA. San Francisco, CA
Winning proposal/project for urban innovation, ArtHERE.

November 2010
The Great Urban Hack, GAFFTA. San Francisco, CA
Winning prototype, We All Need.

February 2010
OrdinaryKids Popular Workshop Exhibition. San Francisco, CA
Seven day OK Media Lab exhibition. Prototype Lonely Box.

February 2009
I Hate Lucy, Russell Industrial Center. Detroit, MI
An exhibition exploring love. Contributed a large scale print, LOVE WANTED.

November 2008
CHANCED! U245 Gallery. Detroit, MI
Co-curator and exhibitor. Contributed Jimventory.

May 2008
Permanent Student Exhibition, College for Creative Studies. Detroit, MI
Two works selected for their permanent collection. Juried by staff.

January 2008
Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Semifinalist
For the Graphic Design Student Showcase of CCS.

May 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
Annual Student Exhibition, College for Creative Studies. Detroit, MI
Eight works selected over four years. Juried by staff.

August 2004
Focus: HOPE, Focus on the Mission Campaign. Detroit, MI
Chosen photograph for the Focus on the Mission Campaign.

Skills and Certificates

Senior Graphic Designer
Proficient in brand, systems design, information architecture, and typography. Experienced Sculptor and Photographer.

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects)
  • Chemical and digital photography
  • Typesetting for print and web formats
  • Art and creative direction
  • Illustration
  • Responsive design
  • User experience design

Machinist and Welder
Professionally trained in both manual and CNC methods of machining. With coursework and certifications in welding.

  • GD&T and ANSI standards
  • Vertical milling machines
  • Engine lathes
  • Drill presses
  • Horizontal band saws
  • Surface grinders
  • CNC machines; program, setup, and run (Hurco, Haas, Fadal)
  • Renishaw probes; OTS & OMP
  • Solidworks 2015 certified CSWA
  • MasterCAM X8, HSMWorks, and G-Code
  • GMAW with an AWS Certification in 3G
  • SMAW with an AWS Certification in 3G
  • Oxy-fuel welding and cutting
  • Plasma cutting
  • Carbon arc gouging
  • Shear, Press Brake, and Slip Roll

Software Designer and Developer
Proficient in Object Oriented Programming structures. Confident and capable of learning any language effectively.

  • Drupal 7 Custom Content Management System
  • Web frameworks (MySQL, PHP5, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3)
  • Git and SVN version control systems
  • Processing Framework & Java
  • Arduino Framework & C++
  • Arc software and GIS data handling