Hello. My name is Kevin John Gomez. I’m a designer, developer, dad living and working in Western New York.
Some kids played catch with their dads growing up. Not me. My dad was a graphic designer, so I spent a lot of my time watching him illustrate big, important medical textbooks while I drew Batman, Superman, and Ninja Turtles. Equally important.
Growing up with a graphic designer for a dad and a project manager for a mom, it’s no big surprise I ended up doing what I do for a living. They couldn’t have stopped me if they tried. I know, because they did try. Well, kind of.
See, when I was little, I’d draw all day and night if you let me. Of course my mom and dad, being the responsible parents they were, had a few ground rules. They pretty much boiled down to insisting that I have a “bedtime” so that I could, ya know, sleep and stuff. I don’t know who they thought they were dealing with, because that didn’t stop me. Eventually they laid down the law. Lights out! It wasn’t long after that they found me huddled up to my night light with pencil and paper. They gave up.
When I was older I spent my summers drawing on my grandparents Apple II, and taking apart every gadget in the house, including my dad’s fancy PowerMac. Luckily, I could usually figure out how to put everything back together. Rest in peace, VCR.
I never outgrew my love for art and technology. I was always trying to figure out how things worked, and making something beautiful in the process. I feel like it’s the mix of creative and analytical thinking passed down from my parents that suits me so well as a designer and developer. Being good at either requires an understanding of both.
These days I spend the bulk of my time running Fancy Labs, my very own design and development studio. When I’m not working, you can usually find me playing with my daughter, binge watching TV with my wife, doodling in my sketchbook, or noodling around on the guitar.