Marcus Guttenplan

Bridging design and development teams across industries, bringing stories to life with technology. From building visualizations for tracking state-sponsored hackers for F500 companies to developing digital experiences for brands and creators, I focus on telling compelling stories with real data and technology. Working with clients like Google, Nike, Bank of America and others, my work has appeared in IT departments in government, finance, and healthcare; as well as publicly at New York Fashion Week, in galleries, and at conferences.


    Amazon Web Services, Senior Systems Development Engineer, ongoing
    Sitting on the QuickSight product's Admin and Governance team covering Account Admin, Billing, Identity, Sharing, and Permissions. Focusing on the scalability, security, and infrastructure of 20+ services in 15+ regions, working closely with SDEs driving critical projects delivering features and strategic business goals. Leading expansion into new regions, designing new services to power more secure and robust storage of private data, directing migration and implementation for new transactional messaging, automating deployments, refactoring legacy infrastructure into new and auditable CDK projects, mitigated both pentest and bug bounty vulnerabilities. Trained as an application security guardian and in functional interviewing.
    Sparks, Director, Creative Technology, 2018-2021
    Working with global technology clients such as Google, Salesforce, T-Mobile, eBay, Waymo, Zoom and others on events, websites, and permanent installations. Focused on outlining and defining technical requirements for software development, prototyping experiences, integrating software with client products, building APIs and front end code, and helping to lead and produce developers and 3D designers. Experience prototyping machine learning experiences, building APIs and design development of immersive and physical front end interfaces.

    Worked with leadership, clients, IT, and legal to navigate security reviews -- managing PII, documenting system architecture, and defining application requirements and data retention policies.

    Implemented quick solutions using databases and data stores of various flavors, distributed computing with publisher/subscriber architectures, kubernetes, and custom machine learning with tensorflow, Google AutoML, and Google ML Engine.

    KDI, Front End Developer, 2018
    Nike x NYFW, Front End Developer, 2017
    Cargo Collective, Front End Developer, 2016 for Rebeca Mendez Studio, Front End Developer, 2016
    Area 1 Security, Product Design Engineer, 2016
    Arthritis Foundation / designmatters, Book Designer, 2014
    LA DeTour, Freelance Designer, 2014
    New Materials / Jet Propuslion Laboratory, Freelance Designer, 2014
    Extreme Wearables Hackathon, Designer, 2014
    Fabrica, Visual Communications Designer, 2013
    RARE Studio, Freelance Designer, 2013
    The Weekly Dig, Photographer, 2009 - 2010
    The Boston Phoenix, Photography Intern, 2009 - 2010
    Liberty in North Korea, Photographer, 2009


    WiFi_cLAN featured in #nfcdab2018 touring biennale, Trondheim, NO and elsewhere 2018
    "Coast to Coast" featured in gallery 2017
    CoLED Conf workshop leader at The UC Collaboratory for Ethnographic Design 2016
    iGEM Synthetic Biology Art & Design competition winner 2014
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & IFTF group exhibition “Open City / Open Art” 2014
    E-misférica Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics publication “Fuck Rationality” 2014
    ABC 7 LA feature “Technology Experiments” 2014 feature “The (Offbeat) Future of Wearables” 2014
    LA Times feature “Beyond Google Glass“ 2014
    SCPR feature “5 cool ‘wearable’ prototypes that might be the next Google Glass” 2014
    “MALWAReABLES” featured Intel ISEF project & press conference 2014
    Fabrica research grant recipient 2013
    LA River Revitalization Corporation “Bike-In Theater” video feature 2013
    Art Center College of Design portfolio scholarship 2012
    Newbury Street Gallery group exhibition “HERE AND NOW” 2012
    Workaway six months in France, learning small scale organic farming and French cooking 2011
    representative in Lesley University student government 2011
    “Taking In” LUCAD photo department publication reject (it’s a good story) 2010
    Lesley University College of Art and Design portfolio scholarship 2009
    High adventure canoed ~200mi of Colorado River 2006-2009
    Nationally distributed music records; Finish Him - “Thin Ice” and Creatures - “Creatures” 2005-2008
    Bank of America national photography award 2008
    Eagle Scout honor 2008


  • Prototyping, MVPs, Production Code
  • Vanilla Web, SASS/CSS, jQuery
  • VueJS, Node, vanilla JS, jekyll
  • Rails, Django, Flask, Express
  • Nginx, Apache, Web Servers
  • SQL, NoSQL, Cloud Databases
  • Docker, Terraform, Google Cloud products
  • Python, Bash
  • Arduino, Raspberry Pi
  • Processing
  • Brainstorming, Design Sprinting
  • User Experience
  • Wireframing + Architecture
  • Basic design, image capture, audio
  • Education

      Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA ; MFA, 2015
      Masters of Fine Arts, Media Design. Working in an area of interdisciplinary problem-solving at the intersection of art, design, engineering, and science. Assignments focus on conceptual development and finding ways to visually communicate and represent intangible and future-oriented speculative ideas across mediums and forms. Projects develop rapidly at a real-world pace and emphasis is placed on rapid prototyping of concepts.
      Lesley University College of Art and Design, Boston, MA ; BFA, 2011
      Art Center at Night, Pasadena, CA ; Intro to Graphic Design, 2012
      Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA ; French + Marketing, 2011