Work | Past Work | Awards | Press | Appearances | Education
2017Netflix / Paramount TV : Maniac : Large-scale interactive prop design and animation programming for Netflix series / "Mainframe programmer" [php, arduino, fab]
Eye of The Pyramid Limited Edition : images : Ten custom-built amusement machines [pcb design, fab]
Texas Coastal Bend Collection : texascoastalbend.org : Technical Director : historical archive platform [php, sql, js, sphinx]
2016The Vessel : [video] : immersive installation for EAST Austin Studio Tour [arduino, fab]
UP and Laser Pong : www.clawfun.com : upcycled game platform [arduino]
Butterly Animation : www.butterflyanimation.com : api and gallery system for Flat Black Films' Nintendo 3DS animation app [php, sql, js]
2015eHire Solutions [private backend] : candidate hiring process system [php, sql, js, bootstrap]
201416 Color for iPad [coming soon] : www.16color.com : iPad animation app [swift]
Wormhole Actualization Machine [WAM] : interactive amusement [arduino] : images | video
Eye of The Pyramid : interactive amusement [arduino] : images | video
2011 - 2012Poppit! Sprint : Pogo.com / Facebook : puzzle game, lead engineer [as3]
2010QRANK : iPhone to Facebook App porting : social quiz app [as3, js]
Toon Fu [beta] : www.toonfu.com : web-based animation app [as3, php, sql, js]
MedEx : www.medexpsi.com : inventory management system [php, cms, sql, js]
Detour Filmproduction :
2009Inchworm for Nintendo DS : http://www.inchwormanimation.com/ : community website for DSi app [php, sql, as3, js]
Love Is Respect Video Mashup :
2008Mikon Mixers : http://www.mikonmixers.com/ : sticker-sheet maker [php, sql, js, cms]
Customize Your Scion : http://www.blastro.com/streetfire/ : automotive painting app [php, shockwave
2007Mikons : http://www.mikons.com/ : online vector editor [php, sql, js, cms, shockwave]
2006MINI Custom Paint Shop : http://www.miniusa.com/crm/roofgenerator/ : paint app [shockwave]
The Decoder Ring : http://www.thedecoderring.com/ : portfolio management [php, sql, cms]
Lone Star Posters : http://www.lonestarposters.com/ : online poster shop [php, sql, cms]
2005MINI Cooper Roof Studio : http://www.roofstudio.com/ : painting app [shockwave]
Downtown Austin : http://www.downtownaustin.com/ : Downtown community site [php, sql, cms]
2004VoterVirgin : http://www.votervirgin.com/ : voter registration assistance[php, sql, cms]
Angie West Photography : http://www.angiewest.com/ : photography portfolio [php, sql, cms]
Jean Goehring : http://www.jeangoehring.com/ : artist portfolio [php, sql, cms]
Toyota Priustees : offline : T-shirt drawing competition [Pixeltees license]
2003Pixeltees : http://www.pixeltees.com/ : T-shirt drawing community + ecommerce [shockwave, perl, cms]
The N's Postermaker : http://www.the-n.com/ntv/realaccess/ : poster making tool[shockwave, php]
2001Tilemachine : http://www.tilemachine.com/ : low-res tesselated drawing [shockwave, perl]
The N's Avatar Iconizer [offline]: avatar bitmap converter + exporter [shockwave, php]
MADD's Face Graffiti Wall [offline]: community painting app [shockwave, php, cms]
2000The N's Animator [offline]: [16 Color license]
199916 Color : http://www.16color.com/ : community animation app [design, shockwave, perl]
1995Web-a-Sketch [offline]: community drawing app [perl, html]
|Imports by Four Hands
web + cd-rom design and development
produced "Noggimation Station"
"Agents of Infinity" drawing app
|Rose X Media House
3D animation + sound design for digital movie "Strange Attractor"
2D + 3D animation for compaq, shockwave programming for frogdesign.com, cd-rom development
2D + 3D animation and design, system/network administration, web development
shockwave programming for Humancode.com
[2000 SXSW Web Award winner]
|MC2 Advertising [now Cartis Group]
web development, 3D animation
[1999 Austin Gold Addy]
[1997 Austin Silver Addy]
2D + 3D animation, compositing, video editing, cd-rom development, system administrator
web design and coding
|The Hendrix Group
web design and coding
|Imperial Holly Sugar
web design and coding
|2017||Two "Maker of Distinction" Awards: CLAW Amusement Technologies at Austin Maker Faire
|2016||Staff Pick: CLAW Amusement Technologies at Austin Maker Faire
|2006||MINI Roof Studio : 2006 Webby Nominee : Art Category
MINI Roof Studio : 2006 Webby Nominee : Automotive Category
MINI Roof Studio : 2006 International ANDY Awards : Silver for Automotive
MINI Roof Studio : 2005/2006 Gold ADDY (SF Bay Area): Interactive Media
|2003||Pixeltees : Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin 2003
Pixeltees : SXSW Web Awards : Best Service
|2002||SXSW2002 : Iron Webmaster Competition : The Cosmic Muffins win! Things got a little rough.
SXSW Web Awards Finalist : Animation/Cartoon
|2001||RES Magazine's RES 10/TEN TO WATCH IN 2001
"In 1999 Watts carved out 16Color.com, where fledgling animators can download a free user-friendly workshop software called 16 Color Studio..."
|2000||16 Color :
2 SXSW Web Awards : Most Innovative Use of Medium and Best Community of Designers
Cool Site of the Night
USA Today Hot Site
|1999||16 Color :
Shockwave Site of the Day
Yahoo's Cool Links + Daily Pick
Project Cool Sighting
Austin Gold Addy : Best 3D Animation / Special Effects
MC2 / Balfour-Artcarved - "Virginia Tech 2000"
|1997||Austin Silver Addy : Best 30-second spot under $5,000
MC2 / OnRamp Internet Access - "Birth of a Nation"
Point Communications Top 5%, Cool Site of the Nite, Spider's Pick of the Day, WinMagWeb Hotspot, Dynamite Site of the Nite, Yahoo's Picks of the Week, Kaleidoscope Cool Sites of the Month, Cybersite of the Week, USA Today Net Site of Note, Edmonton Journal Cool Web Site, Project Cool Sighting
Computerworld, December 16, 1996 - alt.cw
Wired, September 1996 - Net Surf
Internet Underground, June 1996 - WebGuide
The Net, May 1996 - Gaming Sites Extravaganza
|1995||Houston World Film Fest : Children's Category 5th Place
Clean Air Commandos
|1994||AVID International Competition Third Place
Digital Stuff - Getting Started With Powerbuilder
|1993||Truevision International VideoGraphics Competition:
Student Still Image Runner-Up
Make: Zine : May 18, 2017
The Good People of Maker Faire Austin 2017
Make: Zine : May 5, 2017
The Vision Gland Collective Is Bringing a Weird, Wonderful 12-Room Project to Maker Faire Austin
|2014||BoingBoing : May 27, 2014
The Wormhole Actualization Machine featured article
|2004||TechTV : February 2, 2004
Cat's Clicks : 4-minute feature on Pixeltees
|2003||New York Times : November 13, 2002
"Hot Technology": featured Logitech IO 3D rendering.
|2002||SXSW Tech Report : June 28, 2002
Talking Pixels with Alan Watts and Clay Ferguson
|2001||Austin Chronicle : December 28, 2001
Graffiti on the Superhighway
"I used the mouse to draw on the canvas, deciding not to experiment with the painting options. After completing the first frame, I moved the frame dial to "2." An outline of the previous sketch remained, so I traced over it. I produced a 3-second matchstick cartoon titled "Old Man, Desperate for a Smoke."
Austin Chronicle : April 13, 2001
"Geez, does this guy ever sleep?"
Austin Chronicle : February 16, 2001
"The unstoppable Alan Watts (www.16color.com) has a new project in the works, but unlike the local animator's previous online outings, this one is less about animation per se than it is about the joy of making other people look silly."
Austin Chronicle : January 26, 2001
"...the man behind the popular "animate it your own damn self!" site www.16color.com...."
|2000||Austin Chronicle : August 18, 2000
Win, Lose or Draw
"What Watts' site offers, I found, is an incredibly user-friendly template for people interested in making short (15 seconds), Web-based animations. His press release says it best: "Alan Watts dreams of ways to help people procrastinate." You don't know the half of it. "
Adobe Magazine : October 2, 2000
Hip 2 B Square
"Perhaps the most pixelated place online is 16 Color Cinema, an increasingly popular destination for lovers of lower resolutions."
KVUE-24 News : August 2, 2000
"Click Here" feature
|1999||Baltimore City Paper / Kansas City Pitch / Now Toronto: April 21, 1999
by Joab Jackson
"And 'this time,' he exults, 'they can't sue me!' "
Austin American-Statesman: April 15, 1999
"Watts is an Internet gadfly extraordinaire, a Web designer with a knack for developing projects that seem to attract lawsuits"
|1998||New York Times: June 15, 1998
"Disputes over trademarks in cyberspace are common, but what sets Mr. Watts apart is his unwillingness to take the cash and run -- or at least find a new hobby"
|1996||Wired 4.09: September 1996
"Hats off to the genius behind this site..."
|2017||Ars Telematic interactive installation at Hirshhorn Museum's (DC) Sound Scene X|
|WAM and Laser Pong at Fantastic Arcade|
|Talk: "Eye of The Pyramid: From One to Ten" at Fantastic Arcade|
|CLAW Amusement Technologies at Austin Maker Faire 2017
|2016||UP and Laser Pong at Juego Rancheros' pop-up arcade during EAST Austin Studio Tours|
|UP and Laser Pong at Fantastic Arcade|
|Talk: "Gaming Old Tech" at Fantastic Arcade|
|CLAW Amusement Technologies at Austin Maker Faire 2016
|2015||Wormhole Actualization Machine [WAM] and Eye of The Pyramid at 2015 Austin Mini Maker Faire|
|Wormhole Actualization Machine [WAM] and Eye of The Pyramid at 2015 SXCreate : SXSW Austin, Texas.
|2014||Wormhole Actualization Machine [WAM] at Fantastic Arcade 2014 : Austin, Texas.|
|Cyberpunk 2014 presented by EFF Austin : SXSW 2014, Austin, Texas.
Public Premiere of Wormhole Actualization Machine [WAM]
|2013||LUCK Art Show at Northern-Southern : Austin, Texas.
Public Premiere of Eye Of The Pyramid
|2006||GCC Government Organizations Quality Website Development Conference : Dubai, UAE.
Presentation: "Ensuring Quality in GCC Government Organizations Website Development Process"
|2003||Barton Hills Elementary 4-6 grades : 6 45-minute "Animation Using 16 Color" classes.
SXSW2003 : Tradeshow : Pixeltees makes it's public debut.
|2002||Austin Public Libraries : Wired for Youth Centers
2 1-week video game camps [Aquakid + Zombie High]
Summit for Youth Technology Leaders :Animation Using 16 Color Workshop. Awarded Best Conference Presentation
SIGGRAPH 2002 + SXSW : Digitex
SXSW2002 : Panel : Freelance Forum / Market Forces
|2001||"God Save The Pixel" and "Blood, Sweat and Pixels" : August 20, 2001
16 Color compilation movies shown at The Alamo Drafthouse
SXSW2001 : Panel : Free Agent Nation: Bridge Over Troubled Waters?
Austin Public Libraries : Wired for Youth Centers
3 2-hour animation classes
Austin Museum of Digital Art : Digital Showcases
September 18, 2001 / March 13, 2001
|1999||University of Texas : Lecture Series
||April 1974 - present|
|University of Texas at Austin
Bachelors of Fine Arts - Studio Art
School of Fine Arts
|August 1995 - December 1998|
School of Visual Arts
|August 1992 - December 1994|