About Faster Horses
Faster Horses is the small creative studio of Nick Snyder, a designer, developer, speaker, and writer. Faster Horses believes in creating lasting experiences through the marriage of great design and the latest technology. We empower our clients to take control of their own website by using user-friendly content management systems like ExpressionEngine and Statamic.
Nick Snyder was born on a cold February day in nineteen eighty-six. When the doctor took one look at him, he grinned and said, “This kid is destined for great things.” Not really…but Nick likes to think that happened. In Kindergarten he was sketching. By 7th grade he was coding. Ever since, Nick’s possessed the rare talent of combining design with development. He’s passionate about HTML5, CSS3, and responsive web design.
Nick received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of the Arts in (the always sunny) Philadelphia, PA. His senior thesis was a kinetic sculpture piece featuring an artificial emotional intelligence algorithm that he wrote. If that sounds crazy, it’s because it was.
After UArts, Nick got a job working as a designer/developer for Environmental Tectonics Corporation in Southampton, PA. During his time there, he converted all fourteen of the companies websites from table-based designs to a W3C standards compliant, Wordpress-powered sites. He created a video Christmas card that was picked up by Wired.com’s Geek Dad blog.
Nick moved to Boston in 2010 and took a position as a designer at educational publisher, Cheng and Tsui. During his time there, he created dozens of marketing pieces (banners, pamphlets, brochures, and posters), created and edited a daily video podcast, and even took a crack at cover design. Although he was hired to be a designer, Nick also lent a hand to the only developer on-staff, creating and maintaing several front-end elements. He currently works at Mad*Pow, an experience design agency located in Boston’s Leather District.
Nick does more than just play with pixels: he’s a passionate urban cyclist, a runner, and a newly-minted minimalist. He loves musical instruments and owns several, but his true love will always be the drums. Nick’s vices include loving the Philadelphia Phillies, 80s karaoke, and a forbidden love with a hammock in Cape May, NJ. His favorite drink is whisky and water—much to the chagrin of his close friends.
Speaking Engagements and Workshops
- Clean Code or GTFO - Front-End Design Conference 2012
Publications and Mentions
- Styles on the site were constructed and are maintained using LESS CSS
- Although some graphical elements were created with Adobe Photoshop, this site was primarily designed in-browser using Google Chrome