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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 at a high end architectural ironworking studio. Machined, assembled, and installed large metal works for commercial and residential clientele.
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.
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
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
Two awards for the Exploratorium's Live coverage of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.
Art + Soul Festival. Oakland, CA
Downtown Oakland. Contributed Big Wire & Bead Maze.
Our City Oakland Fair, Frank Ogawa Plaza. Oakland, CA
Exhibition about play, City Hall. Commissioned Big Wire & Bead Maze.
Mayoral Debate, Commonwealth Club. San Francisco, CA
Gave talk representing ArtHERE in the company of 16 Mayoral candidates.
Summer of Smart #1, GAFFTA. San Francisco, CA
Winning proposal/project for urban innovation, ArtHERE.
The Great Urban Hack, GAFFTA. San Francisco, CA
Winning prototype, We All Need.
OrdinaryKids Popular Workshop Exhibition. San Francisco, CA
Seven day OK Media Lab exhibition. Prototype Lonely Box.
I Hate Lucy, Russell Industrial Center. Detroit, MI
An exhibition exploring love. Contributed a large scale print, LOVE WANTED.
CHANCED! U245 Gallery. Detroit, MI
Co-curator and exhibitor. Contributed Jimventory.
Permanent Student Exhibition, College for Creative Studies. Detroit, MI
Two works selected for their permanent collection. Juried by staff.
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.
Focus: HOPE, Focus on the Mission Campaign. Detroit, MI
Chosen photograph for the Focus on the Mission Campaign.
Skills and Certificates
- Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects)
- Chemical and digital photography
- Typesetting for print and web formats
- Art and creative direction
- Responsive design
- User experience design
- 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
- Drupal 7 Custom Content Management System
- Git and SVN version control systems
- Processing Framework & Java
- Arduino Framework & C++
- Arc software and GIS data handling