About

My name is Andy, and this is a place for my stuff!

Background

I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. I went to college at Oklahoma State and graduated in December 2016. Now I'm a software developer in Iowa.

I like understanding new ideas, and I like to make cool things I can show off to people.

Apps

When I was ten years old, I thought it would be cool to make games. I wanted to find a program that would let me do it, so I googled "game maker" and found the straightforwardly-named program Game Maker. This is how I learned to code. At first, I was using the nice drag-and-drop interface Game Maker provides, and later I started using Game Maker's built-in programming language, GML. I made a lot of small games during my middle school years.

Later in life, I wanted to make a website for my art. I decided this website just had to have custom scrollbars, so I started learning JavaScript. I like making web apps with JavaScript because they are easily accessible. The games I made when I was a kid were EXEs that had to be downloaded, and they could only run on Windows. But anyone with a web browser can run a web app!

Apps have become my primary form of creative expression. You can find a few of these on the Apps page!

Games

I love games. Games have long been a big part of my life. Some of my favorites over the years include Age of Empires, Civilization, Minecraft, XCOM, Pokemon, RuneScape, and School Idol Festival. I'm also always down for a board game or Dungeons and Dragons.

Video games can easily become a huge waste of time. But they can also build relationships and inspire creative content. When I was a kid I used to make custom maps for Age of Empires 3 and play them online with friends, and I remember that as a positive experience rather than a waste. More recently, I found friendship and even career inspiration from making School Idol Festival content. I think it's best to avoid using games as an escape, and instead use them as a platform to entertain others, not just yourself.

You can find my game-related stuff on the Games page!

Art

I did a lot of idle doodling in school. At some point I started doodling outside of class, too. I started with colored pencils, and later switched to pen. I actually changed my major to graphic design briefly, but within a year of art class, I decided that I did not want to make a career out of something so subjective. I still make art for fun.

You can find all my completed doodles on the Art page!

Other things about me

I like electronic music with hip-hop beats. Specific artists I like are Bassnectar, Flume, Hippie Sabotage, Veorra, and Purity Ring.

I enjoy sports and sports statistics. I like basketball and golf (both disc and ball) in particular.

I like xkcd and Veritasium.

Contact

You may email me at andy@andyiverson.me.

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