Today we say farewell to our talented friend, developer and comic book aficionado, Tyler Anderson. Tyler has decided to head back to school and expand his knowledge base beyond mere software development and into the realm of interactive media design at Elon University. All of us here at the factory, especially Sean Heber and I have enjoyed working closely with Tyler these past five years and even though his departure will hurt deeply, we wish him nothing but the best in his newly chosen journey.
Tyler came to us in the summer of 2010 as an intern from Elon with wide eyes and a deep desire to learn iOS development. His first project was Take Five for iOS which eventually came to the Mac, but Tyler’s dedicated efforts have also helped bring some of your favorite Iconfactory apps to life including Astronut and Dine-O-Matic. It’s fair to say Twitterrific wouldn’t be nearly as successful as it is today without his important contributions. Just remember not to bug him anymore on Twitter with Twitterrific support or feature requests!
On a personal note, I’ll miss having Tyler’s geeky self sitting only a few feet away. He could always be counted on for a rousing pop culture discussions, help with miscellaneous non-work related projects, or just help me brainstorm through a UI problem I was having with a client project. If you’ve ever had so much responsibility as to need a rock-solid assistant, then you know the value of having someone like Tyler Anderson at your side. I’m excited for him and his new future, but I’ll miss him dearly. He’s a good egg and any future employer would be lucky to have him.
One of our very fondest memories of working with Tyler was when we shot the promotional video for Astronut. Tyler graciously agreed to star in our short commercial that followed an Astronut-addicted geek as he went about his daily routine, with hilarious and embarrassing results. Needless to say none of this was ever in his original job description, but that didn’t matter, he pulled it off with flying colors. From all of us here at the factory, farewell Tyler, all our best!