My name is Joel Russell Huffman but most people call me Russell. I am a designer, technology enthusiast, maker, and artist based out of Austin, Texas. My goal as a creative is to take emerging technology out of the lab and into the hands of masses. I have spent the past 5 years as a user experience designer in the fields of quantum computing and AI, but have been lucky enough to work in various capacities including interpretive design and front end development. When I am not trying to untangle the mysteries of quantum computing, I am cooking, gardening, or playing guitar. The process of doing and creating drives me. I absolutely love working in complicated domains and I am grateful that I can help others through my creativity.
MS in Digital Media at Georgia Tech.
Graduated Spring 2016
BA in Fine Art from Georgia College and State University.
Graduated Spring 2012
Responsibilities: Lead the design efforts across Qiskit, IBM's open source quantum computing effort. My primary efforts including leading the design of the Qiskit.org domain, the Qiskit textbook, and the rest of the Qiskit digital properties, as well as establishing brand standards.
Responsibilities: As a teaching assistant, my role was to assist in leading lessons for the Intro to Computational Media class of over 75 undergraduate computer science students, lead workshops outside of class, and grade papers, assignments, and projects. As a research assistant, my role was to Identify and develop platform needs and to conduct product and literature reviews of existing platforms/processes and develop supporting infrastructure that enable project studio work to proceed.
Responsibilities: Prototype and develop interactive applications and manage digital content as a part of the Digitalization team within Porsche Cars North America.
Responsibilities: Web design, map design, computer rendering, animation, as well as marketing and consulting new clients. Projects include national heritage areas, nature preserves, historic neighborhoods, and schools
Responsibilities: Graphic design for custom apparel, consultation and correspondence with clientele, and management of storefront. Work included on-the-spot graphic design for clients in Photoshop and on-the-spot printing of garments.
In 2022 I collaborated with AI artist Pindar Van Arman to create an artwork called Quantum Skull that was sold at Sotheby's for $81,900. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first artwork that utilizes quantum computing to be sold at auction.
I was invited to be a panel speak at SxSW in 2022 by The New School's Innovation Center on a panel called "Quantum Computing for Design and Social Good" to discuss my collaboration with them on the Quantum Design Jam, an event where we introduced quantum computing to artists. Recording of the panel can be found here.
From 2016 to present, I have been involved in creating and disclosing invention, which have resulted in 7 patents filed with the US patent office, 4 of which have been issued (thus far). This is an ongoing effort with more disclosures currently in the works. The patents include: