Tinkering

Break things, make things

Tinkering

W hat was your first toy? Despite Star Wars, GI Joe and Transformers being the toy-of-choice in the 80’s, I chose a rock from my backyard. Why, you ask? I used that rock (I like to call her Baby Boulder) to break apart all of my other toys in order to see how they were built. After breaking them apart, I'd put them back together. That spirit, for better or worse, is a part of who I am, and lives on in everything I do. From making interactive OOH displays , to custom gizmos running on Raspberry Pi's, I am a curious creator. I've built a robotic paintball gun controlled via the web, baseballs with streaming 360 cameras, mobile solar stations–even custom designed furniture .

Exploring

Viewing the world one boondock at a time

Exploring

I know what you’re thinking: why have this section? Isn't it just the same as saying "I like to vacation a lot" on your resume? Kind of, but the truth is that I do like vacationing. Here's the thing, I believe in balance. I love taking on a big responsibility, completing it successfully, and rewarding myself with some natural inspiration. Plus, you don’t want to work with someone who doesn’t know how to take care of themselves, right? Taking a break after 1000 straight hours of digital work allows me to show up fully for all aspects of my life. It's also worth mentioning, as the visual indicates, I have a custom-built camper van and it makes me mobile! Have a project where you need someone on site for a bit? I can travel there and be fully contained . Plus, don't spend that money on hotels, just give it to me, duh.

Developing

Let my fingers build your digital reality

Developing

W hen I stumbled upon coding, I quickly discovered how much I appreciate the art of functional organization. Making something is interactive and also looks good behind the scenes scratches a certain itch. I work comfortably on both front-end and back-end systems alike. On the front-end, I've been using motion frameworks like Lottie and GSAP to help tell stories visually, and often use React to glue it all together (although for heavier animation sites I do not recommend using React). For back-end, I tend to reach for NodeJs, but have worked on both rails apps and php applications. Ultimately, I’ve reached a point where I can see the similarities in languages, and understand how to find the same 'tools' in each language. Speaking of apps, want to see how I put this one together? Get the source code and read about it on the world wide web .

Animating

Life is boring, let's animate it

Animating

M y first experiences on a computer was pre-gui. My Dad loaded Autocad 2.18 on our first PC. I clicked and prodded without much to show for it, but I felt inspired by the potential that was hiding in this type of learning a program. A few years later (well, more like ten) I was introduced to Disney Animation Studio where I was exposed to cell animation for the first time, and realized how creative a computer could be. From then on, I've been playing with animation in any program that comes along. To list a few: Bryce 3D, Blender, Flash, After Effects, GSAP, Lottie (bodymovin), Flare.

Welcome to the world of Aaron ‐ McGuire.

I'm a creative technologist in California. Want to work together? Just email me. Want the source code to this site, including design and After Effects files? I got you.

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