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email me: hello (at) noelkalmus.com

curriculum vitae

I was born and raised in Abilene, Texas, and fled to Austin as soon as I could. I haven't left yet, it's too easy to go swimming when you need to. 

When I was in preschool, our teacher sent home art projects each day in a folder. I vividly remember riding home with my grand dad in his Bronco II, and discovering a project created by a little girl with the same name in my folder. I burst into tears, indignant that my teacher could confuse something so crude and naive as my work. 

As a kid I spent a lot of time at my grandparent's house, both avid gamers. They only played RPG's, and diligently followed the guidebook's walkthrough along the way. I was constantly drawing from these books, inspired by the character designs of Yoshitaka Amano and his contemporaries.

I started using Photoshop when I was a kid to design LiveJournal layouts and icons, as well as edit my scanned artwork. I was Extremely Online as a teen so I learned to pick up programs quickly and I'm still an early adopter of new tech. 

I enjoy the process of planning and designing elegant interfaces for digital products, and am especially inspired by companies such as Dropbox and Shopify that include illustrations as a central focus of their look and feel.

Cycling is dear to my heart. I was the only person I knew in my hometown who bike commuted to work and school. I've been powerlifting for three years and could probably squat you.