Tyler Sticka

Lead Designer

Although Tyler had crossed paths with Cloud Four at various conferences over the years, it took till 2013 for him to officially join the crew as its Lead Designer. Prior to that, he led multi-disciplinary teams at a Bay Area stealth startup and the agency arm of WE Communications, where his clients included Microsoft and Sasquatch! Music Festival.

Though he considers himself a designer, he enjoys rolling up his sleeves and knocking out code to solve design problems. He’s as likely to be found littering a whiteboard with sketches as he is spelunking through CSS or JavaScript.

Tyler’s love of side projects is well-documented. In 2010 he co-founded Backabit, a two-person indie game studio. Their first game, Ramps, reached number eight in the US App Store paid charts after it was featured by Apple, who called it “a simple and stylish physics puzzler you won’t want to put down.” He’s also the creator of Colorpeek, a web app and Chrome extension for simply sharing and previewing colors.

Tyler has presented at numerous conferences, including WebVisions Portland, Techweek Chicago and the inaugural CyborgCamp. He’s also taught upper-level courses in Internet Typography and Web Standards as an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Portland.

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