Forrest Oliphant

Helsinki, Finland
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Building interactive browser-based tools for:

  • design
  • team/community communication
  • computer-augmented creativity


  • HTML5, JavaScript
  • Canvas, SVG, other HTML5 APIs
  • React, Redux, and similar UI architectures with VDOM
  • Svelte, Solid, and similar UI architectures with a compile step
  • Standards-compliant HTML and CSS
  • Non-linear video and audio editing suites, online video


2021 - present

Cuttle Labs, Inc.

  • Parametric design tool for digital cutting machines, like laser cutters, digital die cutters (Silhouette, Cricut), and CNC routers.
  • Founding Engineer, UX, TypeScript
2006 - present

Sembiki Interactive

  • Indie contractor building interactive media and design
2017 - 2021


  • Building major features for a web-based website design tool
  • React etc.
  • Tech lead of team focused on accessibility of site output. Realizing that "Accessibility" and "UX" should not be considered separate concerns, for design or engineering.
2013 - 2016



Media Lab Helsinki, Learning Environments research group

2011 - 2012


  • Ruby-on-Rails and front-end programming and design

Green My Place

  • Educational Flash game programming

TechShop Durham

  • Workshop including ShopBot router, 3-D printer, Epilog laser cutter, welding equipment
  • Member services, tours of facilities
2008 - 2009

TSMworks, Inc

  • Ruby-on-Rails-powered backup testing application
  • Website and application design
2006 - 2008

Newfangled Web Factory

  • Newfangled PHP-based CMS development and maintenance
  • Research and development
2003 - 2005

Taneichi Town Board of Education, Iwate, Japan

  • Created an engaging English as a second language program
  • Taught elementary and middle school ESL courses


2010 - 2012

Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto School of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland

  • Master of Art in New Media.
  • Thesis project: Meemoo hackable web app framework; thesis paper (1.6MB PDF)
  • Graduation Honors: Media Lab Grant: "For the whole community efforts and activity, for the great MA thesis and for the studies completed in one and a half years."

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Course in computer science
2000 - 2002

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • BA in Communication Studies with Honors, December 2002
  • Minor in Japanese language and culture
  • Deans list, graduated with distinction

International Education

Fall 2005

Nordjyllands Sports School, Brønderslev, Denmark

  • Five-month program in outdoor leadership
  • Facilitated an international class
  • Organized workshops relating to international culture
1999 - 2000

Rotary Youth Exchange, Hiroshima, Japan

  • Homestay with family
  • Student at Hiroshima Municipal Commercial High School
  • Cultural and language exchange


I am currently available for contract positions or job offers. References available upon request, or via LinkedIn.