Erik Mallinson is a front end web designer, musician, artist, and illustrator. He grew up in Lansingburgh, NY where he lived until going to The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA where he persued sonic arts, printmaking, and painting. He decided to stick around and lives in Bedford, MA with his wife, Alissa, and daughter, Athena.
Most recently, he served as Web Production Specialist at MIT OpenCourseWare for more than four years. OCW’s mission is to share materials from MIT courses for free with everyone in the world. In that role, he improved site accessibility, oversaw course quality standards, wrote interactive design elements, and rewrote CSS and HTML to be clean and modern.
He used user experience design methods to redesign, restructure, and rewrite content on the OCW intranet, using surveys, task analysis, card sorting, sketches, wireframes, information architecture, heuristics, content strategy, and user feedback.
Erik is a proponent of standards-based, responsive, accessible design and believes using HTML and CSS to do most of the work creates a better product.
In the past Erik has created social networks for artists, published a local music magazine, created social media channels to foster connections between local artists, and written technical tutorials for content management systems, productivity hacks, and more.
In his spare time Erik likes to write music on his OP-1 synthesizer and play ukulele. In the past he’s been in a few punk bands, released electronic music albums under the moniker Ammegand, and created ringtones as Astral Fish.
He likes to paint with gouache and watercolor, as well as take sketch notes at conferences, meetings, or wherever else people are talking about ideas.
Erik has written and illustrated an unpublished book for children, and during his time at OCW illustrated donor thank you cards as well as art for stickers, postcards, shirts, and online giving campaigns.
He enjoys riding his bike down the bike paths, playing (and losing badly at) Rogue-like indie games, playing Go, reading Tarot cards, and collecting minifig toys.