Areas of Expertise
Web Development
Mobile Development
Server Provisioning & Deployment
Video Production
Audio Engineering
Motion Graphics
Compositing & Visual FX
Low-Poly 3D Modeling
Stacks, Languages & Frameworks
LAMP & LEMP Servers
HTML, CSS & JavaScript
PHP & MySQL
Laravel
Angular JS
Vue JS
Applications
Davinci Resolve
Adobe Premiere
After Effects
Photoshop
Logic Pro
Autodesk Maya
Unity 3D

What motivated you to first get into programming?

When I was a kid I was always building things. I’d use anything I could find - in the toybox, around the house, in the garage, etc. Eventually, I started doing that to entertain other people. I built forts while babysitting my cousins, board and carnival games for my friends, sold a variety of DIY projects… you get the idea. This pattern took hold pretty early in my life. As I grew, I became interested in technology. It fascinated me. The more sophisticated I became with it, the more I came to realize it was a skill and something others had real use for. My passion for video and programming work snowballed from there.

What keeps you inspired?

Design. Design keeps me inspired. I mean that in the most broad sense of the word. Anytime I see anything that shows real forethought, insight or meticulous craftsmanship, I always stop to appreciate it. This can be as simple, or as random, as the can lights in someone’s house having good visual rhythm (being evenly spaced).

What other hobbies do you have that help you in your professional work?

As a hobby I design spaces and physical products. Being able to map those things out, and think ahead about what the users will need and the problems they’ll face, has proven to be a real asset when designing software or planning events. Because of this, I feel I can problem solve in a way that enables me to visualize potential issues and come up with solutions far more optimal than would have otherwise been possible.

How do you hope to keep developing yourself?

I’ve never really been one to think, “I wish I had skillset X”. I tend to think more about what I would like to accomplish. For example, the way I got into app development was by saying “I want to build an app”. I had no idea what that would involve and knew I didn’t have all the skills, but just learned step by step how to make the app do what I wanted. I greeted each obstacle as a learning experience. So, to answer the question, I hope to always have goals or aspirations about what I want to make happen. If I can do that, I know new technical skills will follow.

What's your favorite memory on the job?

I was sitting in a meeting and a friend called me up out of the blue and asked “what are you doing tomorrow?”. “Just work”, I answered. He then proceeded to offer me a job to be flown out to film The Band Perry in concert, all expenses paid. Not only was it a blast, but it also reminds me to always be ready and on the lookout for great opportunities.

What inspired you to join Deftly Creative’s team?

The people and the work environment. As one of the three founders I knew that I wanted to make a place for myself to work where I was comfortable and excited to be everyday. While I knew how to design the space, what I wasn’t sure I could do was find the right people. After searching for nearly 6 years, I’m happy to say I’ve found two co-founders that are far better than I could have ever hoped for.

Lightning Round

Describe yourself in one word.

Inventive

What are you addicted to?

Fancy Tech

What would you do as the last person on earth?

Build my own Batman-styled man cave, but with a nice view.

Favorite super power, and why?

Flying. Then I wouldn’t need to spend money on drones.

What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?

Taylor Swift - don’t judge me.

What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?

Adding custom-made, high-impact liners to an industrial piece of furniture with a lifetime warranty… basically I’m a little “extra”.

Hidden talent?

Gymnastics - although I’m a bit rusty.

In your group of friends, what role do you play?

Facilitator/Goofball

If you had a personal flag, what would be on it?

The Hylian crest from the Legend of Zelda.

If you had a spirit animal/object what would it be?

Peregrine Falcon

Want to learn more?

If you are interested in connecting with Darik personally or want to read more about him, please visit his portfolio or social media sites listed below.

Portfolio