About Me

Photo of Marc Carson Hi, my name is Marc Carson. I run two businesses: Marc Carson Web Design where I offer expert web design & development consulting, and Marc Carson Coaching, where I help people make breakthroughs and achieve amazing things.

In the distant past I have worked as an art & design teacher, graphic designer (print and video), illustrator, musician, user interface designer, and computer network technician. There’s usually some blend of creativity and technology in whatever I’m doing.

I currently live in:

Auburn, Washington
Provo, Utah
Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fukui City, Japan
Yokkaichi City, Japan
Toyohashi City, Japan
Covington, Washington
Springville, Utah
Tigard, Oregon
Ukiah, California

If you want to get in touch, feel free to email me: baggageclaim [a t] friendlyskies.net.

Below you can read about my interests in brief:

2D Graphics

In 2D, I have created everything from game graphics to icons and strange pictures of Mars.

I also enjoy working with watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, graphite, and (this one time…) rocky road ice cream.

3D Computer Graphics

If you live near me (Mendocino County, California), you might have noticed the computer model of a bass guitar that I made for the 2006 and 2007 Sundays in the Park advertising campaign.

I also like making 3D textures and materials. I have released over 150 of these creations for free, to the public.

Music

I have collected some little musical sketches and songs that I post from time to time. Sometimes I am daring enough to add my own vocals.

I’ve used tracker software for making music since 1993, and DAWs like Propellerheads’ Reason since 2001. Right now I use Renoise most of the time. I used to be a freelance musician, and I made a lot of music for websites and software titles.

Drawing

I draw and post a lot of my drawings on Flickr and Facebook. I also have some drawings here on the site.

Computer programming

I do a lot of programming for work, mostly in PHP and some in Python. A lot of my hobby programming is in C, Python, Processing (simple Java). I sometimes use Free Pascal & Lazarus for fun projects, and also occasionally work in FreeBASIC for hobby projects (nostalgia reasons…)

Radio & Ham radio

I’m an Amateur Extra-class ham radio operator and enjoy various aspects of radio communications, including digital communications and other areas like space communications and propagation theory. I enjoy volunteering as a radio operator in my community for things like healthcare emergency simulations and athletic events. My favorite event to date was the Mendocino Coast 50K Ultramarathon.

Outside of ham radio I enjoy SWL (ShortWave Listening) and FM & AM DX (pulling in distant stations). Some of the most distant stations I’ve received have been over 10,000 miles distant from where I was hiking or walking, taking advantage of special seasonal propagation characteristics.

I also pick up the occasional spy numbers station and enjoy learning about the topic.

I’m also a volunteer emergency communications specialist and have published standards for personal emergency communications preparedness.

Web design

For work I really love using new web tech and surprising my clients with cool website features and other fun stuff that’s actually useful.

Web development

I’ve built a few web apps from scratch, but I’m relatively new to it so I have a lot to learn still. I enjoy the ProcessWire content management framework, as well as the Textpattern CMS.

Japanese Language

I enjoy reading about Japanese history and I can speak and write in Japanese with reasonable proficiency. You’ll occasionally see some Japanese in my drawings.

Writing

I enjoy writing and you can find my writing all over the web…feel free to check out my Notebook.

Sports

I try to walk or hike at least 500 miles every year and I really enjoy spending time outdoors. In the past I was interested in martial arts (CMA, Okinawan Karate, Judo, Aikido), cycling, and racquet sports.

Family

I absolutely adore my family. I have two little boys and a little girl. I have a wife who is a great writer and is always cooking up something amazing.

We have two cats who are OK sharing a lap, and who also seem to enjoy the scents of various things.