Daniel Foster-Smith
Developer, Designer, Complexity, Societal Nudge, Data Visualization, Marine Surveyor, Startups, Metaphors.

Work History

Yossarian, 2011 - present, Co-Founder
Yossarian is a creative search engine which I began to develop while studying at the Royal College of Art. It has achieved industry wide credibility being awarded for innovation and design, including the Deutsche Bank Award, Dyson Innovation and a UK gov InnovateUK grant; It has received international awareness from articles published in New Scientist, Wired magazine, Fast Company and the BBC among others.
Yossarian uses NLP techniques to parse large amounts of free text from different cultures and disciplines into a graph database that can then be queried to understand concepts in their broader context and find similar concepts from different cultures and disciplines.

After the flood, 2011 - 2013, Freelancer
After the flood visualise information and develop digital products that make their clients data more communicable. I designed and animated stories for the BBC Explainer videos as well as developing a guidance video for future BBC Explainers.

Gavurin, 2007 - 2010, Designer / Developer
Gavurin is a data analytics start up that I designed and developed the front end of an online socio economic application for. The application helps governments and companies look for correlations in a large variety of datasets in order to improve efficiency and societal wellbeing.

Envision Mapping, 2003 - 2010, Researcher / Seabed surveyor
Envision Mapping Ltd. is an international environmental consultancy and research company, specialising in marine, coastal and seabed mapping, spatial data services and decision support. I was responsible for developing software tools for decision support and impact assessment, conducting seabed surveys, GIS modelling and creating multi sensor systems to assess and visualise the seabed.


Design Interactions MA, Royal College of Art, London 2009 - 2011
Graphic Design BA (Hons), Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 2009 - 2011
A-Level Art, Biology,Physics, all A gradesDuchess's Community High School, Alnwick 1998 - 2003

Key Skills

Java Java, JDBC, JOOQ, JSP, Resteasy, Shiro, Flyway
Web HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS
Tools AWS, Git, Maven, Eclipse, Jenkins, Hadoop
Database MySQL, TitanDB, Cassandra
Data Visualisation Processing, d3.js, OF, Flash, After Effects, 3D modelling software
Animation After Effects, Photoshop, Adobe ExtendScript language, Modo
Electronic prototyping Arduino, Raspberry Pie
GIS ArcGIS, Mapinfo, Global Mapper, IDRISI