Ben McDowell

Ben McDowell

Web Developer

“The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet.” — William Gibson

Empathy, Intellection, Context, Developer, Restorative

I was born into the 100-degree heat of a Milwaukee summer and grew up in the picture window of my mother’s art studio. I fell in love with computers at a young age, playing games on my dad’s trusty Commodore Amiga (which still runs today). 

I didn’t discover my interest in programming until my second semester at Nicolet Area Technical College. My first experience with Visual Basic sent me head over heels and threw all my plans out the window. I switched majors and worked to complete my Associate Degree in programming. Six years and two majors later, I’m a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with degrees in Web and Digital Media and Computer Information Systems.

I’ve since worked as a developer in both the healthcare and education industries and with a variety of software, from advanced medical imaging to self-paced mobile education.  This experience gave me the flexibility to tackle just about any project with confidence.  I joined Blue Door Consulting to use my skills to make a positive difference for our clients, in the community and with people I care about.

I still have no clue about what I want to be when I grow up. Until I figure that out, I’ve decided to just follow my passions, whether that means staying up all night to headline a basement punk rock show, DJ a house party, or cuddle up at home with a new book.  

I also love board games, collecting retro computer junk, recording for my podcast, and obsessively playing my guitar and singing. When I need to unplug completely, I love camping and sitting around the fire with good friends. I also participate in programming challenges to keep my skills sharp (and because they are really fun). Keep an eye out for my upcoming indie PC game “Nope” in Q4 2040.

FAVORITE MOVIE

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

FAVORITE COMIC BOOK CHARACTER

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 

FAVORITE SONG

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist by Ramshackle Glory

FAVORITE HOLIDAY

Family Christmas, traditionally in February.  Long story.

FAVORITE ADULT BEVERAGE

Pabst Blue Ribbon, best paired with terrible live music. 

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE ME

Optimistic. Bewildered. Alive.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP

A Jedi or a Robot

PET PEEVE

When you accidentally drop your guitar pick inside the guitar and it disappears forever.