about

Hello, world. My name is Michael Ku but most people I know call me "Ku". I'm a web developer turned designer stationed in beautiful Chattanooga, TN.

Born and raised in Flushing, Queens, NY, I moved to Orlando, FL in 2003 where I attended high school and college. I graduated with a BA in Digital Media with a specialization in Web Design at the University of Central Florida in 2012 (Go Knights!) but that doesn't mean I'm done learning. I love experimenting with new web technologies and am always looking to learn new things and improving upon what I already know.

I am currently employed at the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a web designer (UI/UX Designer by title, Front-end Developer by trade) where I tackle projects both big and small ranging from one-page event websites to designs that would potentially be seen by millions world-wide.

interests

video games

Being born in the 90's, I've been around video games my entire life, starting with the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). I remember egging my father on to save the Princess after passing him the controller due to the level being too hard for me. I still play games to this day, primarily co-op games like MMORPGs and first-person-shooters with my friends. As for my opinions on console wars? PC master race.

music

I have been around music all my life. Music was a really big part of my father's side of the family and because of this, I learned how to play the piano and violin at an early age. I was chosen to be in the school chorus in my elementary school and was also also a member of my elementary school band where I learned how to play the Clarinet. I continued with concert band in both middle school and high school and joined my high school marching band during my freshman year where we played during half-time shows for both home and away football games. Although it's been a while since I picked up an instrument or sang in public, it doesn't mean that I no longer have a passion for music; I still sing like a madman in the shower and occasionally pick up the harmonica to play a song or two.

education

As much as I disliked school in general while attending it, I do love learning new things. I am always looking to improve myself by both learning about new technologies and improving upon what I already know. I also love teaching others. I'm more of a hands-on learner and I teach the same way; I teach by the phrase "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

During college, a majority of my friends in my major are behind me by a semester or two; they are usually taking classes that I've already taken. Because of this, I got to help teach people about many applications and syntaxes including Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, and jQuery. I try my best to walk them through step-by-step and explaining lines of code line-by-line so they understand what exactly they are doing.

Original photo by GarnetJ used under the Creative Commons license