Boulder Digital Arts Instructors

Based in the technology mecca of Boulder, Colorado, BDA leverages the world-class talent in the area so that our students can learn from some of the best instructors in the world! All BDA instructors are working professionals who have deep knowledge and real-world experience and insights in the subjects they teach.

David Aragon

David Aragon

David is a web developer at Quick Left where he started in 2010 as a front-end engineer, but has since been seduced by all things Ruby and Rails. Mastery of the full web stack, from Ruby to JavaScript to cutting edge view layers, offers David creativity and reliability as a developer. When it comes to code, David values cleanliness and readability and helps promote both within the team. David graduated from NYU with a BA in fine art he's now pursuing a master's in computer science from CU Boulder. When not coding, he enjoys breaking a sweat and drinking sour beers.

TEACHES: WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

David Teaches:
   - Ruby On Rails Hands-On

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Tyler Barnard

Tyler Barnard

Tyler Barnard is the founder of Analog Design Studio in Boulder, CO, a design firm combing the efforts of architecture design, film, 3D modeling and digital graphics. Having graduated with a Masters in Architectural Design from UCL in London, Tyler uses 3D models, CGI and digital graphics to stay on the cutting edge of design and architecture.

TEACHES: GRAPHIC DESIGN   |   MY CLASSES

Ethan Benninger

Ethan Benninger

Energetic and passionate about all things video, Ethan Benninger works by day as an editor for People Productions in Boulder. He has worked with both national and international clients such as ABC Family, GE, The American Red Cross, Papa John's Pizza and The Food Network. Ethan's projects include documentaries, TV spots, and everything in between. In addition to being an Apple Certified Pro on multiple applications within Final Cut Studio, he is also an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Trainer, and teaches at the Art Institute of Colorado in downtown Denver.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Bruce Borowsky

Bruce Borowsky

Bruce Borowsky has worked with People Productions in Boulder for over ten years as producer, director, cameraman, editor, and lighting director for a wide variety of commercial projects. He turned from professional still photographer to filmmaker in 1988 after working with adventure photographer Galen Rowell. Once in Boulder, Bruce produced the national television series The Climbing Show. His award-winning 2003 documentary, 18 days, 16 hours, detailing his trans-Atlantic race in a 72-foot sailboat, illustrates his vast experience shooting in unlikely places, whether in the midst of a hurricane or hanging off a rock ledge in Yosemite.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Angela Bowman

Angela Bowman

Angela Bowman of MoonGooseDesigns.com and AskWPGirl.com has been involved with internet technologies since 1996 when she became a member of the online tech support team at Quark, Inc. After learning about WordPress at BDA, she became a full-time WordPress guru, serving individuals and small-to medium-size organizations. She stretches the boundaries of WordPress by making extensive use of its built-in features combined with judicious use of plugins and creative CSS. Angela will help you think outside the blog box by helping you understand the nuts and bolts of WordPress and to endlessly customize your WP themes.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING, GRAPHIC DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Brendan Boykin

Brendan Boykin

Brendan Boykin is a trainer, editor, and author based in Castle Rock. As an Apple Certified Master Trainer and the owner of Creek Mountain Media, Brendan draws on his background in broadcast and corporate video to provide training to post-production, education, and broadcast facilities nationwide. Brendan is an author, contributing writer, and technical editor/reviewer for numerous Apple Pro Training Series books. His latest book, Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Professional Post-Production, is the official curriculum of the Apple Training and Certification program.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Chris Brown has been practicing photography in Boulder for over 40 years, specializing in medium and large format landscapes. He was the first photographer in Colorado to receive a commission in the Art in Public Places program, for his series "The Hydrologic Cycle: Studies of Water," housed at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After making Cibachrome prints in the darkroom for 10 years, Chris became enthralled with digital inkjet printmaking, and how has prints in numerous public, private and corporate collections, including the Denver Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPHY   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Chris Teaches:
   - Landscape Photography

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Brian Brown

Brian Brown

Brian Brown has owned his own full-service video and motion-graphics production business, BrownCow Productions, since 2004. A "one-man show," he scripts, produces, shoots, and edits all of his own content. He regularly creates video for the web, broadcast television, large events, and in-house corporate training. In December 2009, he purchased a Canon 7D video-capable DLSR, and has never looked back, embracing the cinematic look this camera provides his productions. He's shot hundreds of hours of footage with his DSLR.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Alex Bullen

Alex Bullen

Alex Bullen is an independent music producer and sound mixer based in Boulder County, Colorado. Through his 12 years of production experience he has specialized in turning raw audio into a final product. He has created thousands of minutes of custom music for a variety of projects, from "webisodes" and film shorts to full-length music albums. Alex loves helping others learn how to create great-sounding audio tracks, how to read music, and how to properly utilize modern A/V technology.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Alex Teaches:
   - Sound Editing 101

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Stephen Collector

Stephen Collector

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Stephen Collector has over 25 years of freelance experience. Originally specializing in tabletop photography, his attention to detail and lighting techniques were applied to working on location for editorial and corporate assignments. Stephen's magazine clients include Esquire, Outside, Men's Journal, Field & Stream, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, and the New York Times. Corporate clients include United Airlines, Ball Corporation, Shell, Hain/Celestial Seasonings, Horizon Dairy, United Technologies, Oracle, and Sears Roebuck & Co., among many others.

TEACHES: PHOTOGRAPHY   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Mike Connolly

Mike Connolly

Mike Connolly creates and manages direct response marketing systems for fast growing businesses so they can attract their ideal customers, put an iron fence around them and develop an abundant "herd" of customers for life. He has co-created and manages marketing systems using blogs, social networking sites, newsletters, e-letters, video networks, articles, multi-media follow-up systems, direct mail, teleseminars, webinars and affiliate marketing. He's an experienced teacher, trainer and coach and loves sharing his passion for magnetic attraction strategies with high achieving business owners and entrepreneurs.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Mike Teaches:
   - Copywriting that Sells

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Antony Cooper

Antony Cooper

Antony Cooper has directed and produced numerous award-winning videos. Several years in music TV production for MTV and Polygram Records include names such as the Rolling Stones, the Who, Elvis Costello and INXS. Other projects include Director of on-air operations for the Denver based Scandinavian Channel, and Director of Photography on the environmental documentaries The Nature of Cities and Transforming Energy. Antony has written and directed videos for Miller Brewing, Olympus Cameras, the pharmaceutical manufacturer Roche, and national 9-1-1 database management company Intrado.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Tara Dunn

Tara Dunn

Tara Dunn is the Analytics Director at Location3 Media in Denver. As a Google Analytics and Google AdWords Qualified Individual, Tara has over seven years experience in web analytics - on everything from solutions for small businesses to large brands and enterprise level clients. She has presented numerous training sessions, leading her company to become a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Her daily activities include strategic applications of web analytics in business settings, providing and troubleshooting analytics implementations, and providing actionable insights to her clients.

TEACHES: WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Brad Feld

Brad Feld

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of UP Global. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC.

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING   |   MY CLASSES

Steve Gandy

Steve Gandy

Steve Gandy is an educator, trainer, technology support professional and life-long photographer. Steve has introduced the ins-and-outs of digital photography to students young and old since 1995 and has been involved in education since 1978. His photography is varied but he focuses on nature, travel, and sports. Steve has contributed to training books and websites on Photoshop Elements, StarOffice/OpenOffice and other educational topics. He leads photographic tours to the southern Utah canyon lands.

TEACHES: GRAPHIC DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Beth Hayden

Beth Hayden

Beth Hayden is a blogging and social media consultant who specializes in using technology to give women a voice in the world. She is the owner of Blogging with Beth, a WordPress development and social media consulting company. Beth is known for her fun, relaxed, engaging teaching style, and she has provided training, consulting, blog coaching and development services for New York Times bestselling authors, political commentators, artists, and personal development coaches all across the United States. Beth has been a guest blogger with LauraRoeder.com, Problogger.net, and Copyblogger.com.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Drini Leka

Drini Leka

Drini Leka brings years of experience in innovative product design and UX conception, having lived the experience of application design from napkin scribbles, to full specifications and management of implementation many times. Inspired by his experiences with the earliest Apple computers in the 80's, Drini was fascinated by the revolutionary graphical user interface and believed early on that people prefer technology to be concealed behind an artistically conceived veil of magic, rather than a nest of wires and functionality presented in an arbitrary manner. He spent a considerable period experimenting with user experience designs, visualizing new methods, coding software prototypes and integrating various features into early forms of apps, including Apple's forward-looking HyperCard. He continued his career focusing for years on advanced human interface projects in affective computing, designing new interface methods (software and hardware) which brought association with NASA as well as integration of cutting edge artificial intelligence technology. User Experience (UX) is not a secondary role, but a primary role in any innovative organization. A UX Leader must simultaneously inform and be informed by both marketing and development team requirements - Drini believes this is the key to understanding the emerging User Experience role and becoming an effective advocate for innovation within any organization. Currently, Drini consults in UX around the country and manages a mobile applications firm in Boulder that boasts three applications Featured by Apple Inc.

TEACHES: GRAPHIC DESIGN, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Sharon Levy Freed

Sharon Levy Freed

Sharon Levy-Freed has been an active video editor since 1980. While in college, Levy took a full time position as a Video Editor for KUSA-TV, in Denver. In '82 she enrolled at the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in broadcasting. Since then, her life has never been boring. Fresh out of college, Sharon was offered a job as a Photojournalist for KAKE TV in Wichita, Kansas. Before long, Sharon returned to Denver to work for KCNC TV. Working for KCNC gave Sharon more than 10 years of news and special projects experience . She did it all...writing, shooting producing and editing. During this time, Freed earned 2 regional EMMY's and numerous first place awards from the Colorado Broadcasting Association. From 1995-1999, Sharon traveled broadly as an Avid NewsCutter instructor and workflow specialist and, today when she is not enjoying life with her fourteen year old Samuel and twelve year old Anna, her husband and their two, dogs Rosie and Charlie, Levy continues to freehand instruct: the aesthetics of shooting, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, Final Cut Pro, DSLR video photography and is a freelance consultant for corporations in their media development for websites and blogs.

TEACHES: AUDIO, FILM/VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Gia Medeiros

Gia Medeiros

Gia Medeiros is founder and chief strategic officer of 520 Collective, a national network of creative brand and business development experts (including strategists, researchers, creatives, leadership/organizational development coaches and consultants from many fields). She has worked with many major fortune 500 companies to develop and grow their brands including Coca Cola, Philips Electronics, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente and Office Max. She now specializes in bringing transformational business and branding practices to individuals, entrepreneurs and emerging organizations alike.

Gia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two children (Ella, 10 and Carmen, 7) and when she's not traveling the country she loves to hike, ski, do yoga and listen to bluegrass at the Farmer's Market.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING   |   MY CLASSES

Gia Teaches:
   - Branding Basics

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Kevin Menzie

Kevin Menzie

Kevin Menzie runs a local web strategy, design, and development agency called Slice of Lime and uses Adobe Illustrator on a daily basis. In his free time, Kevin draws cartoons using a pencil, a scanner, and Adobe Illustrator. Samples of his illustration work can be seen on his website: http://www.kevinmenzie.com/.

TEACHES: GRAPHIC DESIGN   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Eric Miller

Eric Miller

Eric Miller has a background in software, architecture, and music, and wowed his friends in high school by playing Tetris with his toes. He has been coding something or other since 1995 and has been creating software for the web professionally since 2007. Eric has a BS from Stanford University, an M.Arch from the University of Colorado, and a black belt in Aikido, but has sadly allowed his mad Tetris skillz to wither.

TEACHES: WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Lowel Pierce

Lowel Pierce

With 35 years in the film and video production world, Lowel Pierce has done a little of everything and enjoyed the variety. A Colorado native and graduate of CSU in Technical Journalism, Lowel has worked as a TV news photographer, a cinematographer in Saudi Arabia, a partner in a video production company. As both one-man-band and freelance Director of Photography for 22 years, Lowel has worked on indie features, shorts, documentaries, TV commercials, and high-end corporate productions earning a CINE Golden Eagle, Heartland Emmies, and Videographer Awards of Distinction.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Madeleine Pollak

Madeleine Pollak

Madeleine Pollak is the Executive Producer of Pollak Productions, Inc, which she founded in Boulder 8 years ago. She is a six-time Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and director, who has worked on a diverse range of TV programming including: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, TLC, Dr. Phil for CBS, HGTV, among many others. She has also worked with major corporate clients such as The US Olympic Committee, American Express, Visa, PayPal, Crocs, Coors, Microsoft, Oracle, Bank of America, and many more. Madeleine has also written, directed, acted, and coached for live stage and has appeared on camera.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING, FILM/VIDEO, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Madeleine Teaches:
   - The Art of the Video Interview

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Edward Popovitz

Edward Popovitz

Edward Popovitz has been a designer and educator for 15 years. He has worked on such diverse projects as editorial spreads for Dallas Magazine to creating 200-page self-study for an accreditation committee. He has served on a board of AIGA Colorado for the last five years and have art directed the production of the student magazine Point. He teaches at the Art Institute of Colorado in the Graphic Design Department. In 1999 he jumped on the InDesign bandwagon and never looked back. Whether producing single page pamphlets or 200 page catalogs InDesign is his program of choice for type and page layout.

TEACHES: GRAPHIC DESIGN   |   MY CLASSES

Wes Price

Wes Price

Wes Price has over 13 years experience producing illustration and animation for national and community organizations. His clients have included New Life Cinema, Warner Brothers, Buena Vista Games, Simon & Goodman Picture Company and National Geographic. As a board member for ASIFA-Colorado, the local chapter of the International Animated Film Society, he was instrumental in delivering the Animation Station workshops during the 2008 and 2009 Denver International Film Festivals. Wes is a lifelong student of anatomy and holds an MS in Medical Illustration and Animation from the Medical College of Georgia.

TEACHES: GRAPHIC DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Dana Romanoff

Dana Romanoff

Dana Romanoff is an award-winning photographer and multimedia producer using art as activism to raise awareness of key issues in society. Her clients include National Geographic Society, The Women - s Foundation of Colorado, LifeQuest Transitions, Reportage-by-Getty Images, The New York times and numerous other editorial, commercial and humanitarian-aid organizations. Dana - s work is published and exhibited around the globe and she has received numerous international recognition including the 2011 Blue Earth Alliance Award, shortlist for the 2010 Anthropographia Multimedia and Human Rights Award, and was part of a team of reporters awarded finalist for a Gold Medal Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.

TEACHES: FILM/VIDEO   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Justin Rosenthal

Justin Rosenthal

Justin is trained in advanced statistics and has been working with online data sources since 2001. He applies this knowledge of online data to enhance the performance. He is the founder and organizer for Analyze Boulder, a monthly event to bring together and grow the Boulder data work community. He is founder of Rosenthal Analysis, and coined the term growth engineering to describe the firm's practices.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING   |   MY CLASSES

Cheri Ruskus

Cheri Ruskus

Cheri's years of entrepreneurial successes and missteps have given her real world experience to bring to the table. Mrs. Ruskus has owned several business entities since she started her first company, Business Answers, in 1985, which she owned and operated for 16 years. She also co-founded the Downtown Business Association (DBA) in Downtown Louisville, Colorado in 1989 to assist the small business owners in that community in coming together to provide a unified front in order to sustain strong business growth. That organization stills runs strong today. In 2006 Cheri founded The Victory Circles, Master Mind forums for entrepreneurs. The curriculum for this program inspired her to write her most recent book Victory One Moment in Time - Unlocking the Power of the Master Mind was fully released in April 2012. Cheri works with entrepreneurs and small business owners through one-on-one coaching, live trainings and webinars and also hosts a weekly radio show, Victory Circles Radio Hour, where she interviews small business experts and thought leaders from across the globe.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING, GRAPHIC DESIGN, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Jason Ryer

Jason Ryer

With backgrounds in technology, business and education, Jason brings a broad array of experience to BDA. He's been programming since he was a kid and currently runs 303 Velocity that builds iOS and Android apps for a wide range of clients. They also do consulting work to help publishers get more downloads and sales for their apps. He has taught mobile classes for Yahoo! and Intel employees and still writes code for Android apps. Jason officially began teaching while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. He taught impoverished children in a small village basic computer skills. After Peace Corps and before leaving Bolivia, Jason worked with Save the Children where he helped develop a curriculum for technology education, taught classes, and then handed off responsibility to Bolivian workers.

TEACHES: WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Michael Scalisi

Michael Scalisi

Mike Scalisi of Triple Threat Digital is a skilled editor, director and motion graphics artist with over 8 years of professional experience creating everything from corporate videos to broadcast television series to feature length documentaries. In 2009 he worked as an editor and motion graphics artist on the Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove" which was produced right here in Boulder. Mike works daily with Adobe creative apps such as After Effects , Photoshop, and Premiere as well as Apple's Final Cut Studio to create visually stunning videos for local and international clients.

TEACHES: AUDIO, FILM/VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Brian Shaffer

Brian Shaffer

Brian Shaffer is a seasoned web developer and Internet marketer. Over the past eight years, Brian has designed, developed, and marketed over 70 sites that are growing and thriving today. As an HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP expert, Brian builds on all major open source platforms, including WordPress and BigCommerce, to provide companies with sites that they can maintain without knowing how to program. Over the past few years, Brian has taken a liking to Twilio, and has built many phone and text message applications for clients using their platform. Take a look at some of the demos at Brian Shaffer's blog.

TEACHES: WEB/MOBILE   |   MY CLASSES

Bethany Siegler

Bethany Siegler

Bethany Siegler of UniqueThink helps build your complete online presence and find cost-effective marketing solutions. Bethany has created online marketing campaigns for musical artists as distinct as Frank Black (Pixies) and David Wilcox, software developers as diverse as Wild Divine and OfficeTime, and local independent businesses like The Video Station and Boulder Weekly. She has represented major corporations like SONY and Budweiser, yet prefers to find solutions for smaller companies, often by building sustainable websites and blogs in WordPress.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Erik Stenbakken

Erik Stenbakken

Photographer Erik Stenbakken shoots for editorial and commercial clients ranging from the obscure to the famous. He's been technical director on shoots for Nikon and Ford Motor Company as well as instructed several National Geographic photographers on technical aspects of artificial light and equipment. Before becoming a photographer, Stenbakken was a teacher and he still loves to teach. No questions are stupid, so come with your questions and frustrations and leave with answers and solutions! You can see his work at www.stenbakken.com or ask pre-class questions, web[at]stenbakken.com. See you in class!

TEACHES: PHOTOGRAPHY   |   MY CLASSES

Betty Taylor

Betty Taylor

Betty Taylor, detail-obsessed graphic designer, has been putting together pictures and words to communicate messages for close to 20 years. She works with clients on everything from food packaging to long document layout. Betty has been an enthusiastic fan of Adobe InDesign since it was first introduced, and offers training for both beginners and experts.

TEACHES: GRAPHIC DESIGN   |   MY CLASSES

Betty Teaches:
   - Adobe InDesign Hands-On

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Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is widely recognized as an expert on both technical and business issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed. Dave maintains four weblogs: The Business Blog at Intuitive.com, Ask Dave Taylor, Dave On Film, and Attachment Parenting Blog. Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and frequent guest on radio and pod programs.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING, WEB/MOBILE   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Douglas Wray

Douglas Wray

Doug Wray has been working with online information systems since 1984. Starting in science using TeX and LaTeX realtime rendering on Macs progressing to desktop publishing for commercial printing thence into web design. He's used numerous electron-herding methods including HTML and CSS. Sometime in 2001 he broke with conventional wisdom and stopped using tables for structure - following in the footsteps of Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman. He now builds websites exclusively with CSS and finds it an exciting and challenging pursuit.

TEACHES: WEB/MOBILE   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES

Abigail Wright

Abigail Wright

Abigail Wright is a professional filmmaker, writer, producer, and information designer. For the independent film company Miranda Productions, Inc., Abigail wrote and produced four environmental documentaries that have accumulated over eighty major awards and have been broadcast all over the world. She is the senior producer of an innovative immersive website soon to be launched, working on a hybrid documentary based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and developing a TV series for kids on the wonders of food. Before moving to Boulder in 1994, Abigail acted and directed on stages in New York, Toronto, and Montreal.

TEACHES: BUSINESS/MARKETING, FILM/VIDEO   |   MY VIDEO   |   MY CLASSES


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