About Me

Caricature by Colter Avara

Hi! I’m Tyler Sticka. I’m currently Partner and VP of Design at Cloud Four, a web design consultancy in Portland, Oregon. I’m also co-founder of Backabit, a two-man indie game studio.

I’ve been interested in art and design since second grade, when the cartoonist Ray Nelson, Jr. visited my class and kick-started a lifelong love of drawing. A few years later, I checked out a library book on HTML out of curiosity. The work of Scott McCloud opened my mind to the possibilities of web-based storytelling, and apprenticeship opportunities at Intel and Art​Center College of Design taught me how rewarding it could be to apply these passions to solving design problems.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of designing and consulting for organizations like Walmart Labs, Samsung, Microsoft, Honeywell, Nike, Providence Health & Services and Sasquatch! Music Festival (to name just a few). I pay homage to my influences by writing, speaking, teaching and sharing what I learn.

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