Crystal Butler


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Facial expression mapping and instructional techology.


Digital rendering, wearable technology and user experience.


Programming, computer graphics and front-end web.


Interactive media, photography and video.


"What is the intersection between technology, art and science? Curiosity and wonder, because it drives us to explore, because we're surrounded by things we can't see." Louie Schwartzberg

When I was growing up, I had a romantic notion that my family were a lone band of American Gypsies: we were always on the move. The innocent conversational opener “So where are you from?” became a philosophical conundrum. Everywhere? Nowhere?

Those days of geographic restlessness have passed. Once I believed I had to choose between the joy of a creative life and the intellectual rewards endowed by the practice of engineering. Happily, I was wrong! In 2011 I returned to college and New York City to find a synergy between the two.

There is a benefit to living life as though it is a perpetual frontier. The mental habit of greeting novelty with anticipation remains with me. The challenge of exploring with a scrupulously critical but open mind, when well met, can be a catalyst for innovation rather than a barrier to it. This website is about the ways in which I try to rise to that challenge. For more detail on my professional and academic background please check out my CV.

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