No Longer With Schematic

My career at Schematic has come to an end, though fortunately on my own terms. I have decided to slow things down a bit so that I can regain focus on the things that have truly boosted my career, such as my blog, speaking engagements, and book opportunities. When was the last time that I produced any experimental work or wrote a long blog post? Why don’t I have any iPhone apps for sale in the app store? These are the types of things that I hope to fix now that I am flying solo.

Looking back on my time at Schematic, the biggest disappointment is that the company had one of the best Flash teams on the planet when I first joined the staff. Over the course of the past two years, I have watched as they let people such as Robert Reinhardt, Danny Patterson, Joey Lott, Geoff Stearns, Drew Cummins, Todd Anderson, Josh Noble, Mims Wright, Roger Braunstein, Ash Atkins, Jeff Yamada, and Alan Queen slip away. It is really a shame more than anything. The most recent incident that really upset me was when they laid off John Lindquist. I really value working with top-notch people, so all of this played a huge role in my decision to move on. Enough said about that.

I don’t really have much of a plan for what my next steps are going to be. I am open to opportunities of all types, so feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaborating on a project, bringing me in to do some in-house training, or offering a full-time position. Contract work seems to be the most appealing option to me at the moment, but I am definitely willing to explore other paths. The bottom line is – I want to work on great projects with great people. If that is you, then get in touch!

Here is a brand new copy of my résumé in PDF format.

Contact me via electronic mail: ryan (-at-)

Cheers to a fresh start and a new future!


15 Comments so far

  1. David May 8th, 2009 2:22 am

    Sometimes it’s necessary to take the leap and find a new challenge. I’m curious to see new experiments and work on your own. Here’s to good luck, though I’m sure you won’t need it! :)

  2. Panta May 8th, 2009 2:40 am

    GL man!

  3. Matt Braun May 8th, 2009 7:51 am

    Congratulations and good luck on the new endeavor. On the iPhone app front, I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I’m in a similar situation, having decided to concentrate on contract work (mostly B2B site redesigns, some Flash/Flex) and iPhone app development.

    Again, good luck!

  4. kathryn May 8th, 2009 8:24 am

    i agree, the caliber of the team is part of what attracted me to schematic… it was a place where i could be a little fish in a big pond, and now it seems that pond has evaporated.

    good luck with your new projects! i’m sure you’ll make awesome things and have lots of fun doing it.

  5. Chris B May 8th, 2009 8:34 am

    Looking forward to more blog posts and experiments.

    Good luck.

  6. Nathan May 8th, 2009 9:31 am

    Bold move – I love it.

    Too bad Schem ATL didn’t work out. It had so much promise a few years ago.

    BTW – I may be interested in an iPhone app for a sports site I know. Let’s talk.

  7. Ash May 8th, 2009 10:21 am

    Congrats on the change!

    PS. My anti-spam word was nurbs.. heheh.

  8. Jeff Yamada May 8th, 2009 10:54 am

    Good luck Ryan! I doubt you’ll need any though. I’m shocked Schematic didn’t offer you a truckload of gold bars to stay. The list was only a little shorter when I left, and it was the primary reason I left also. Don’t forget Kathryn Rotondo, Michael Avila and others that I can’t remember. At its height I’d say the Multimedia Platforms Group at Schematic was unrivaled in the depth and breadth of talent and experience. It was an honor to work with the names on that list, and of course to write a book with you Ryan!

  9. vitaLee May 8th, 2009 12:05 pm

    if that makes you feel happy and kinda unleashed then it’s good.
    I’m waiting for some exciting experiments from you.
    Take care and chill out. ;)

  10. Ian May 8th, 2009 12:06 pm

    I don’t understand. When all these great flash developers left, were they not replaced with other great developers? Is there not an implied jab at your former employer/coworkers in this?

  11. Ryan Taylor May 8th, 2009 12:51 pm

    Thanks everyone!

    @Jeff Yamada – Ah yes, I knew I was forgetting a few people. My apologies to Kathryn, Michael, and anyone else I am missing. I agree that MPG at its prime was unrivaled; that is why all of this is such a shame!

    @Ian – That’s the thing; people were not replaced. A group that was once 30 strong is now down to around 8 people. Those that remain are definitely great developers; I hope that my post didn’t imply otherwise.

  12. Ian May 8th, 2009 2:04 pm

    Ah, I see. I’m in a similar boat (though not on the same scale). I’m one of two capable flash developers at my company now where previously we had a dozen or so. I hope I didn’t come off as overtly critical.

  13. Marc May 10th, 2009 6:29 am

    Congrats on the move. Schematic definitely had some great people. A rep at Wiley pointed out to me that of all of the books representing the Flash platform, there were only a couple that didn’t have at least one Schematic MPG employee (past/present) involved. It’s too bad that the people running the show at schematic couldn’t see that and make things work for more people.
    Perhaps we should have start an ex-schematic flash conference…

  14. Michael May 10th, 2009 8:26 pm

    I hear you. I hope you find some greener grass and I also look forward to the experiments.

    Good to have you back :)

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