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Tim Samoff

Professor at Moorpark College

Greater Los Angeles Area
  1. Moorpark College,
  2. Self-Employed
  1. Hildon Foundation,
  1. Savannah College of Art and Design
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Moorpark College

Moorpark College


– Present

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I teach and I do.

Specialties: UX, game design, interaction design, visual design, music composition, film production.



Moorpark College
– Present (4 years)Moorpark, CA

Tenured Professor. Distance ed expert.

Digital media and design theory, criticism, and aesthetics. Motion Graphics, 2D animation, video editing, web design, game design.

Program planning, Course Outlines of Record, curriculum, and student organizations.

Cross-disciplinary collaborations are a go!

Interaction, Graphics & Front-End Web Designer

– Present (26 years)Global

Know the theory and execution of design best practices (typography, layout, accessibility, etc.) as well as the current methods of creation and deployment. Began designing for web in 1993. Expert in (X)HTML, CSS, and W3C standards compliance. Can work with many AJAX frameworks. Possess a psychotic love for UX & UI design, prototyping, and documentation.

Chairman of the Board

Hildon Foundation
(6 months)Global

Leader of the inaugural Board of Directors chosen to oversee the formation of the nonprofit organization Hildon Foundation. (Connected with

Maemo Community Council Member
(2 years 7 months)Global

Three-time community-elected volunteer member of the Maemo Community Council (a five-person group that advocates and facilitates communication between the community and Nokia Corporation). Member of the inaugural and second-term Councils as well as a one-term Council Chair.

Multimedia Developer

(2 years 11 months)Overland Park, KS

Created Flash-based training courses and interactions. Devised & implemented an organization-wide social network. Scripted, shot & edited several short training films. OSHA-certified. Designed & managed the installation of a large-scale corporate art piece. Submitted two user-facing technologies for patent.

Marketing Manager

Hensley Technologies
(2 years 5 months)Kansas City, MO

Created the company's brand identity and web presence, which garnered great acclaim from the electronics industry and became a major source of income. Managed the company's product database and handled all marketing-related collateral.

Instructor of Multimedia

Moorpark College
(2 years)Moorpark, CA

Taught classes on a variety of multimedia-oriented subjects, as well as Flash, Photoshop, and other digital media design applications.

Senior Game Producer/Designer

Sound Source Interactive
(7 years 4 months)Calabasas, CA

Managed teams and worked independently on over 40 software titles ranging from screen savers and desktop customization applications to interactive CD-ROMs for children and full-fledged console and handheld games.


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Chairman of the Board

Hildon Foundation
(7 months)Science and Technology

Opportunities Tim is looking for:

Causes Tim cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Education
  • Environment

Organizations Tim supports:


Tools of the Trade: What Do I Need to Create Interactive Games?(Link)

Animation World Magazine
December 1997

A 1990s-era look at a few common interactive computer game authoring tools.

An Unofficial Guide to Creating a Most Excellent maemo User Interface(Link)

Tim Samoff
January 2008

“An Unofficial Guide to Creating a Most Excellent Maemo User Interface” is a hands-on description of concepts that developers should consider while creating user interfaces for their applications.

Social Media As Online (Social) Pedagogy(Link)

Tim Samoff
January 2011

Today's online classrooms are becoming more and more "social," as Social Networks themselves become integrated (and inherent) in the lives of our students. This presentation will not only demonstrate how to include some popular Social Media tools within your LCMS, but it will also explain why it is crucial to embrace Social Media in order to become better educators.

The User is God(Link)

Tim Samoff
June 2010

The importance of using an "official" Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) doc in the user-centered design process.

Fears & Myths of Using Social Media in Education(Link)

Tim Samoff
October 2011

Stating a case for an embrace of social media concepts within educational institutions.

Social Media & Online Teaching(Link)

Tim Samoff
June 2012

Introductory presentation for a round table discussion about using social media in online education at OTC 2012.



Matching game formed around popular typefaces.


– Present

Two-player, multitouch, Pong-style game created during MeeGo Conference 2011 in San Francisco, CA.

Team members:


– Present

Gaberln is a simple touch-based game in which you have to kick and bounce the ball as often as possible. As soon as the ball hits the ground, the counter starts fresh.

Team members:


  • Front-end Development
  • User Experience
  • User Interface Design
  • Game Design
  • Web Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Film Production
  • Music Production
  • University Teaching
  • Agile Project Management
  • Open Source Software
  • Front-end
  • Flash
  • Graphic Design
  • CSS
  • Interaction Design
  • Multimedia
  • Editing
  • Video Editing
  • User Interface
  • Social Networking
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Photoshop
  • Digital Media
  • Typography
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • After Effects
  • Illustrator
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Layout
  • Animation
  • Mac
  • WordPress
  • Film
  • Dreamweaver
  • Flash Animation
  • Illustration
  • Digital Photography
  • Storyboarding
  • Computer Animation
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United States 20090171744
Filed July 7, 2009

A system and method for communicating corporate information to employees of a company which may include creating an employee user profile that includes an identifier of a job position of the employee within a company. Corporate information to be communicated to employees of the company may be identified. Distribution information may be assigned to the corporate information, where the distribution information may include an identifier associated with at least one job position to communicate the corporate information. The corporate information may be pushed to employees associated with the distribution information, where the pushed corporate information may cause the corporate information to be presented to the employee.



United States 20100311032
Filed December 9, 2010

A system and method for generating a Flash-based educational training course, wherein course content may be received from a user generating the training course. The course content may be parsed into segments. An XML file may be generated from the parsed course content. An XML instance may be created. A function that includes actions to be performed by the XML instance, once the XML file has been read, may be initialized. The function may be assigned to the onLoad property of the XML instance, causing the function to be performed upon the completion of the data loading. The XML load may be started using a Flash module. The course content may be presented using the Flash module.



California Institute of the Arts

BFA, Filmmaking / Experimental Animation

I made award-winning art and films.

Moorpark College

AA, Liberal Arts

I learned how to learn.

Westlake High School

Diploma, High School Shenanigans

I made art and music, I slacked, and I barely made it.

Activities and Societies: Video Filmmaking Club founder and member

Honors & Awards

2012: Hildon Foundation Boardmember
2011: Maemo Community Council Chair
2009: Selected to take part in Nokia/Frontier Strategy RoofTop session
2009: Designed marketing merchandise for Maemo Summit 2009
2009: Music for MURPHY'S SHORTS, film by Todd Hemker
2009: Music for TRANSPARENT MOVEMENT, film by Soyeon Kim
2009: Patent submission
2009: Maemo Community Council member
2008: Blog featured in "The Web Designer's Idea Book"
2008: Maemo Community Council member
2008: Patent submission
2006: Featured interview on
2006: Interviewed in THE ADVOCATE
2005: Blog mentioned in NEW YORK TIMES
1999-2001: Tuition Scholarship, CalArts
1997: Family PC, Family Software Recommended for "Dragonheart Creativity Center"
1997: Educational Press Association Award, Excellence in Educational Software for "The Land Before Time MovieBook"
1997: Newsweek, Editors Choice Award for "The Land Before Time MovieBook"

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