Ben Pekarek

I am a Web Designer and Creative Professional based out of Chicago, IL.

For over 11 years I have provided my design services to a myriad of top industry clients. My expertise is in front-end web UI design, writing clean modern HTML/CSS, along with implementing UI frameworks such as jQuery. While my focus is front end design, I have been also studying various programatic disciplines such as PHP and creating interactive art using "Processing".

Much of my personal research projects involve User Interface studies across a variety of mediums. I am heavily involved in game related technical research. I have an evolving curiosity in the upper echelon of technical dexterity found in such practices as sequence breaking and 1CC's also known as 1 Credit Clears. The notion that a user can interact with an author's interface above and beyond the intended path is quite compelling. I feel much can be learned from both studying and experiencing first hand the limits of human computer interaction.

Another primary area of focus in past years has been media archiving: the salvage and historical preservation of digital media (websites, videos, software tools, independent games, web based interactive art, demo scene material, and tech related articles). I place great emphasis on actually studying the material I archive. While saving content "as-is" has historical merit, re-distributing data in its original form seems to only further perpetuate a complacency with regards to the vulnurability of digital media. As such, my goal is often to structure salvaged content in new ways to help convey meaning and context with greater clarity.

The archiving experience has been daunting to say the least. However the benefits have proven to be far and wide. From an educational perspective, it has explosed me to a wider range of technologies. The process of archiving has also revealed entirely new pathways for discovering content. This in-turn exposes me to various forms of media I would not have located otherwise.

"I swim through a sea of stars,
without looking back to shore.
Faster than light, bending time.

Forever
Wherever" -RTF

Professional Skills

Creative Graffiti Artist, DJing/Audio Production for 15 years, Media Archivist, Japanese Arcade Game Enthusiast, New Media Artist, Passionate, Constantly Learning
Graphics Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel DRAW
Wireframe/Flowchart Visio, Axure
Open Source! GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Processing
Languages HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, PHP, Actionscript 3 (Flash), MXML (Flex)
Frameworks jQuery/jQueryUI, 960 Grid System, Modernizr
IDE's Eclipse, Notepad++, Dreamweaver ("Coder" Mode), Flash Builder, LAMP/WAMP (Currently trying to to learn VIM)
Versioning SVN, GIT
CMS phpBB, Phorum, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress

Currently Working On

Below are some of my active projects:

This Site

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