Partner, Chief Creative Technologist
Jared Ficklin is a designer and technologist with two decades experience creating products and visions for major companies.
Jared designs with technology and has a passion for innovative or unique interaction models especially those involving interesting inputs and outputs like touch, multi-touch, voice, gesture, sensing and projection. His philosophy is "Think by Making, Deliver by Demo" and employs user experience simulation as a method for quickly bringing products to life and as a method for finding new experiences when applying innovative technologies.
Jared spent 14 years of his career at frog design contributing to the visions, strategy, intellectual property and products of clients like HP, Microsoft, AT&T, LG, SanDisk, Motorola & many more. His work has generated patents & has reached the market place through successfully launched products. Jared's work integrating technology into to the design process at frog design led to the honor of being named one of 4 frog fellows.
Jared is an evangelist and co-creator of the cable car based mass transport vision known as The Wire. He is also the Co-Director of the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee helping design and construct quality concrete and steel skateparks for Austin, TX.
For many years Jared directed the SXSW Interactive opening party which served as an outlet for both interactive installations and a collective social experiment hosting over 7000 guests. In 2012 his passion for sound visualization led to the honor of being the first to bring live fire onto the TED stage in his talk "Eyes Can Hear" and he was once a cowboy in 1867 for the PBS living history experience known as Texas Ranch House.
He speaks internationally as a creative technologist and futurist.
Articles & Interviews
The 10 Most Exciting UI/UX Ideas of 2013
Review of SXSW Interactive Opening Party 2013
Feature on The Wire Urban Cable vision
Feature on RoomE
Interview about New Interaction Models & Cars
An article on The Wire Urban Cable Vision
Interview about narrative in digital design.
A 2011 interview about futurism & parties
A writeup of Stephen Hawking's Universe
A feed filled with unique digital experiences and interaction models that he comes across as well as conference conversations.
The results of personal experiments ranging from cymatics to interactive installations.
His presonal site where he keeps a current speaking schedule.
Tokyo, Japan, February 2014
Minneapolis, USA, November 2013
Milan, Italy, October 2013
Whole Foods Future Search
Austin, Texas, October 2013
Toronto, Canada, June 2013, 2011
Austin, Texas, February 2013, video
Queens, NY, September 2012, video
Austin, TX, November 2012
Toronto, Canada, October 2012
Online, March 2012, video
Austin, Texas, March 2012, audio
Graz, Austria, May 2012, 2011
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