Hey, I'm Hawk (he/him).
I consider myself to be a lot of things with an elevator pitch that is forever evolving. Lately, I describe myself as a design developer with a past life in filmmaking.
As a filmmaker, I created films and video content that have been viewed 50+ million times, been featured on Last Week Tonight by John Oliver, and won regional awards. Throughout that time, I became increasingly curious about the technology I used and how it worked.
Today, that curiosity has led me to Microsoft's Developer Division Design Studios where I support products such as VS Code, Visual Studio, and .NET. I use design and code to help build and evangelize some of the most beloved developer tools on earth and represents a balance of the creative and technical that I deeply enjoy.
But like... who are you really?
Yes, yes. Obligatory description of how I productively fit into capitalist society complete. Who am I outside of that?
Well, partially the same.
Hey, I'm Hawk (he/him and short for Hawthorne). I consider myself to be a lot of things with no succint way of describing who that person is.
I currently live in Seattle and try my best to live a balanced, community-filled, and cozy life with my fiancé and our dog Poppy.
We, as of late, spend our time doing (probably too many) hobbies, catching up on a pandemics worth of lost time with friends and family, and getting as much rest as we can in between.
I've been climbing almost every week since May 2021. I'd describe the experience the same way I often hear people describe yoga –– working my body and stretching what I think is possible. It's the best I've felt in years. For the curious, I've recently started cataloging some of those climbs on instagram.
Last year I also discovered a new part of life, which is death; navigating the grief of losing a parent.
For a long time my pendulum of interests have swung towards the technical, but I've finally started feeling a pull back towards the creative (exciting!).
I'm watching/reading more stories, and channeling my time/energy into many many creative projects of my own.
This website is built with Astro. I was building my own web framework for awhile, but then discovered Astro does everything I want, and far better. Community built software is truly a great wonder of the modern world.
To reduce page load times, this site avoids webfonts and uses system fonts. If you're using macOS or iOS you're probably seeing "SF Pro", on Windows you likely see "Segoe", and honestly not too sure about Linux. Maybe Helvetica?
I occasionally use Figma to design parts of this website and create imagery for it. But far more often I just design with code.
My writing and the design of this website is copyrighted. Feel free to ask if you want to reuse any content beyond the bounds of fair use.
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Last updated Oct 24th, 2023.