Reese Bowes is a multi-disciplinary designer with a demonstrated history of producing experiences, prototypes, and leading technical strategy for research and development in the computing and interactive experiences industries.
He has over fifteen years of experience in software engineering, technical validation, and user experience and industrial design, and has applied these skills primarily for Intel’s Systems and Platform Validations groups, Intel Labs’ Anticipatory Computing and Systems Prototyping Labs, and Intel’s NEX/IoTG group. Reese has also worked with and developed designs and design strategies for companies and institutions such as Red Hat, Samsung, Dropbox, SalesForce, Youtube, Microsoft, OHSU, Intermountain Healthcare Group, General Motors, Michelin, the US Army, and the US Government.
Reese has also held position as an affiliate faculty member at PNCA's Make+Think+Code Lab where he taught workshops focusing on the unification of virtual reality, computer assisted drafting, and observational drawing and sculpting, and he’s also taught music and audio production at Portland State University's School of Audio and Music Production. Reese continues to mentor students in PNCA's graduate programs and through AIGA as an ongoing contribution to new and emerging designers and artists.
Reese’s personal work as an artist ranges from electronic and analog music production, fine art illustration, on to digital interactive multimedia installations. His interactive installations, sound sculptures, and visual work typically focus on the intersections between human-human interactions as modified by technological interfaces, and the lack of representation of peoples of African ancestry, and other often marginalized groups, in technical and design fields. His work has been shown at various galleries in Portland, Oregon, including the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Northwest Film Center, PDX Contemporary, and Disjecta (Oregon Contemporary).
Reese earned an MFA in Applied Craft and Design through a joint degree from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. He’s studied Artificial Intelligence at the Oregon Graduate Institute. He also started his art and design career at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in South Carolina, and was the part of the second graduate class of the now 24 year old institution. He has thus far been awarded and granted 11 United States Patents for various designs and technologies that have furthered or provided foundation in virtual and augmented reality industry.