Tyler Freeman's Interactive Curriculum Vitae

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Tyler Freeman is an inventor, engineer, designer, and artist who specializes in creating interfaces that bring the body closer to the machine.



Santa Cruz, CA

Digital Arts and New Media M.F.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

Thesis project: Doodler, an online social network based on collaborative drawing and art, written in Flash and PHP.


Santa Cruz, CA

Computer Science B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

Graduated with Highest Honors in the Major and College Honors (GPA: 3.9)

Proficient in: Java, Kotlin, Typescript/Javascript, React/Angular/jQuery/RxJS, three.js/WebGL, d3/dataviz, Python, C/C++, C#, SQL, Postgres, PostGIS, Objective-C, PHP, Max/MSP/Jitter

Platforms and frameworks: Android, Wear OS, iOS, Amazon Web Services, Firebase, Google Cloud, Machine Learning/Tensorflow, ARM microcontrollers, Arduino, Processing, OpenFrameworks, Microsoft .NET, ASP, Reactive Programming, Flash/Actionscript, Photoshop, Sketch, Figma, After Effects, Final Cut Pro.

Exhibitions and Featured Works

  • Full list of VJ performances and exhbitions. (ongoing)
  • Amon Tobin, Maus Haus, Naytronix, Group Rhoda at Noise Pop 21 @ Public Works, San Francisco (March 2013)
  • Nelson Mandela Festival @ Afrikaanderplein, Rotterdam, Netherlands (June 2010)
  • VJacket Unveiling with Maus Haus @ Treasure Island Music Festival (October 2010)
  • 3rd Friday at MAH: Interactive Digital Arts & New Media Exhibition @ Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz (October 2011)
  • VJacket Installation at Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz (October 2011)
  • VJacket Installation at Maker Faire Bay Area (May 2011)
  • Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse: photo featured on Wired Science (December 2010)
  • Directions to Directionlessness: a photo exhibition at Caffe Centro, San Francisco. (April 2008)
  • Doodler Graduate Thesis Exhibition: This installation used a collection of touchscreens and tablets to allow participants to draw with each other at the same time in the social network Doodler. (June 2007)
  • Hudson River Bonsai Project: This installation was a combination of video projections, live audio processing, and cybernetic/mechanized plants. Installed at UC Santa Cruz. (March 2007)
  • The Futurist's War Dream: an interactive video and audio installation that pays homage to the Futurists and their relentless obsession with noise. Installed at UC Santa Cruz. (March 2007)
  • Noise Evolution: an interactive video installation dealing with cellular automata and organic feedback. Installed at UC Santa Cruz. (March 2006)
  • Your Face in Digital: an interactive video installation using live face-tracking to display a 3D version of the participant's face. If the participant made a loud noise, the face would explode, demonstrating the volatility of a user's relationship with their virtual avatar. Installed at Sesnon Gallery, Santa Cruz (December 2005)

Work Experience

12/16 – current

San Francisco, CA

Senior Software Engineer & UX Designer Google - Wear OS

Senior UX engineer and SWE on the next Wear OS smartwatches.

  • Team Lead for UX and ML prototyping
  • UX and motion design
  • Implement production SysUI (Android)
  • Design APIs and architecture for app launcher, task management, watchfaces, Tiles, haptics, and accessibility.
  • Team Lead for internal app distribution and testing system used throughout the company (web)

1/16 – 12/16

San Mateo, CA

Software Engineer & UX Designer Cronologics (Acquired by Google)

Smartwatch startup that developed and shipped the CoWatch.

  • Design APIs and architecture for Bluetooth connection and Internet Proxy
  • Implemented iOS and Android companion apps
  • UX Design, Motion Design, and prototyping for smartwatches

4/13 – 1/16

San Francisco, CA

CTO & Co-founder Tappur

  • Managed teams of hardware and software engineers to build the DrumPants, a wearable musical instrument.
  • Engineered DrumPants firmware for Bluetooth LE and signal processing
  • Architected and implemented the cross-platform DrumPants app on Android, Mac, Windows
  • Wrote Tappur's Android Wear app
  • UX and motion design
  • Designed and developed TAPS Wearable Assistive device for people with disabilities

9/12 – 9/13

San Francisco, CA

Software Architect BandPage

  • Managed the mobile app team and architected the Android app.
  • Architected backend and frontend systems and APIs.
  • Developed Node.js web framework for highly efficient code-sharing of presentation layer, so pages could be rendered on the server or the client with the same codebase.

3/11 – 9/13

San Francisco, CA

CTO & Co-founder MondoWindow

  • Managed the design and development teams to leverage new technologies and APIs for in-flight entertainment systems
  • Backend/frontend web programming
  • GIS/geolocation databases
  • Database admin, AWS systems admin

7/07 – 3/11

San Francisco, CA

Web Developer Mediatrope Design Studios

Backend/frontend programming, art production, database admin, web server admin, hardware troubleshooting.

Website Samples:

1/10 – 8/10

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Artist in Residence The Patching Zone

Collaborating with other artists on digital art projects, teaching urban youths about digital art and technology with workshops.

4/06 – 6/06, 1/07 – 4/07

Santa Cruz, CA

Teacher’s Assistant for Music and the WWW Music Department, UCSC

Setup before class, grading, help students with projects/questions in lab.

9/06 – 12/06

Santa Cruz, CA

Teacher’s Assistant for Intro to Digital Art Film and Digital Media Dept., UCSC

Leading discussion sections, grading, helping students in office hours, writing tutor.

3/06 – 6/06

Santa Cruz, CA

Installation Engineer Unnatural Selection Project Group, UCSC

Creating hardware and software for motor control, projected visuals and sound processing. Building installation in a gallery space.

6/05 – 12/06

Scotts Valley, CA

Software Engineer Borland Software

Programming scripts for building various help formats from XML. Developed and maintained DocBuilder, a program used to automate and simplify build scripts for end-users.

6/04 – 6/05

Scotts Valley, CA

Tech Writer Borland Software

Tech writing help files, tutorials, and example programs for Web Services in Delphi and C# for Microsoft .NET

1/06 – 3/06

Santa Cruz, CA

Teacher’s Assistant for Music, Politics and Protest Music Department, UCSC

Setup before class, grading, help writing exams.

10/03 – 9/05

Santa Cruz, CA

Web Developer and Sales/Technology Associate JR Techie

Sales, customer service, website design, building and fixing computers.

1/02 – 3/05

Santa Cruz, CA

Web Developer Instructional Tech. Center, UCSC

Design websites, tech support, teaching faculty about various technologies.

6/98 - current

San Francisco, CA

Owner/Web Developer Absolute Zero Web Design

Web design, sales, customer service, advertising, bookkeeping

Supervisor: Tyler Freeman, Owner


Santa Cruz, CA

Computer Programming Tutor/Grader Computer Science Department, UCSC

Grading, help students with homework and programming.


Truckee, CA

Photographer's Assistant/ Videographer Freeman Photography

Assist photographer at weddings, portraits. Also film weddings and take pictures as secondary photographer.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the AT&T/NYU Connect Ability Challenge for DrumPants TAPS. (2015)
  • Winner of Music Hack Day for Layer Synthesis Device. (2013)
  • Nominated for the MTV O Music Awards for the Leap Orchestra. (2013)
  • Received UC Santa Cruz Student Employment Recognition Award. (2003)
  • Made the Dean’s List 6 times in a row at UC Santa Cruz. (2002-2005)
  • Highest Honors in the Computer Science major, UC Santa Cruz. (June 2005)
  • College Honors in Porter College, UC Santa Cruz. (June 2005)
  • First Place for DrumPants! in the UC Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium (May 2007)
  • Third Place for DrumPants! in the Two Heads are Better than One contest. (April 2007)

Patents and Publications

Volunteer Work

  • Engineer for Gallaudet University / VL2 Storybook Labs, making apps to teach children Sign Language. (July 2018-July 2020)
  • Lead Disability Alliance SF(2019-2022)
  • Dataviz Engineer / UX designer for Center for Policing Equity (May 2018)
  • Project Advisor at Google Code U for CS Students (February 2017-June 2017)
  • Engineer/Designer for Dual Power app (2019-2020)
  • Mentor at Wearable World Labs, San Francisco, CA. (August 2015-January 2016)
  • Volunteer photographer for Help-Portrait, San Francisco, CA. (December 2011)
  • Volunteer photographer for The Jewish Theater, San Francisco, CA. (August-September 2009)
  • DrumPants demo for Smith Music Day: an educational outreach program for San Francisco Bay Area innercity foster youth. (April 21, 2007)

Talks and Appearances

  • Panelist for Designing for Accessibility, Howard University(February 2022)
  • Panelist for Tech Exchange UX Design, Howard University(March 2021)
  • Inclusion and Accessibility in Mobile Design (Lyft HQ) (December 2019)
  • Advanced Android Haptics (Android Dev Summit, Google) (November 2019)
  • Binary Salon: Inclusion and Accessibility in New Media (Midway SF) (March 2019)
  • Shark Tank - ABC(September 2014)
  • Daily Planet - Discovery Channel (June 2015)
  • FashTech Wearables + Fashion Panelist (July 2014)
  • Designers + Geeks - Designing the DrumPants (December 2013)
  • DrumPants - Fluent Conference (June 2012)
  • VJacket: Wearables for VJing - ISEA Istanbul (September 2011)