Let us introduce ourselves!
President + Chief Creative Officer
Limits, like fears, are often an illusion.
Jason Parkin has more than 20 years of experience specializing in creative strategy, interactive/user-centered design, and animation. He is a founder and former Design Director of Motionbox, a personal video sharing company that was acquired by HP Snapfish in 2010, where he helped create a then new, and now widely used interface for viewing online video. His work has been recognized by various award bodies including the Webby’s, the MIN Best of the Web Awards, OMMA, and the One Show Interactive Awards.
Prior to founding Compose[d], he was the Creative Direction for Maxim Digital – where he headed up all creative for both advertising and editorial content, and Art Director for CondéNet’s Creative Services division. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jason lives in New York City with his wife Nicky and their dog Shiloh. He is also a USCF Category 3 bicycle racer, ice hockey player, hiker, and photographer in his limited spare time, and a member of American Mensa.
Chief Technology Officer
Kick Ass and Make Stuff
Marissa Lerer is a technologist, musician, cake decorator and mom. She received a BS in Music Education and an MA in Graphic Communications, Management and Technology from NYU. She prides herself on being a “cool nerd” who likes to get her hands in everything.
She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter who has released three albums and shared the stage with talented musicians such as Matt Nathanson, Lisa Loeb and Gavin DeGraw.
She has also participated in the 2012 StartupBus and was on the winning team of the 2012 International Space Apps Challenge. She is passionate about mentorship, especially for women in tech. In addition to teaching programing at the School of Visual Arts she is also a regular panelist at Pace Path Live and recently mentored Girl Scouts at a SXSW event sponsored by Twitter and Dove.
Anyone have a spare ticket to Hamilton?
Jaclyn joined the Compose[d] team three years ago, after working as a designer for La Mer and Trish McEvoy cosmetics. With each of her clients, she most enjoys the challenge of balancing brand personality against it's potential for evolution.
In her spare time, Jaclyn can often be found reading with a cappuccino in hand. She is most passionate about traveling, hand lettering and calligraphy, and Game of Thrones. Especially Game of Thrones.
Asks the hard questions
Sal’s our front-end developer who can solve a rubik’s cube in about 35 seconds. He enjoys working on the web and playing Dungeons & Dragons, he’s even built a website solely for viewing his spells. As an active player of Role Playing Games, Sal brings a fun perspective to solving the sorts of problems we encounter at Compose[d] in creating solutions for our clients.
Likes to doodle
Born in Bulgaria and raised in Queens, Tein traded the N for the 4 and now lives in Yorkville. While studying Communications Design at Pratt Institute, he nurtured his love for typography, illustration, and design. When Tein is not at Compose[d] creating, he can be found in the dog park chasing after a mischievous golden retriever, Beau, or at home plotting world domination with Lola, a long haired tuxedo cat.
Without the fuel, there’s no fire. Here’s what’s in our cup now.
This coffee is about a journey – a journey of spices, flavors, ideas. Phocea was inspired by the French city Marseille, which historically stood as the European entryway on the spice trail from Africa. With a roasty flavor and just a hint of black pepper, this brew is a gateway to new coffee experiences.Let’s meet for coffee
Here's what we've been geeking out on lately.
Open Sourcing Mental Illness
Starting in 2013 as a speaking series by Ed Finkler, Open Sourcing Mental Illness is the largest 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to mental health in tech. They help to help shine a light on problems that have too long been a taboo discussion topic in the workplace. Since its inception Ed has given over 50 talks at […]
Google’s ‘Noto’: Free and readable in over 800 languages
If you’ve ever digitally communicated with someone in another language and you’ve never heard the term “tofu,” you’ve almost certainly experienced what it describes. “Tofu” is the nickname given to the square blocks that appear in text in place of specific characters that your language doesn’t recognize. Now, with the release of ‘Noto,’ Google and Monotype have set out […]
Tinder Is Coming To a Desktop Near You
Tinder is trading in its signature swipe left for a send message. The company announced that it will be pushing for more dialogue as opposed to mindless swiping in an efforts of finding potential suiters. Its new desktop app will feature a messaging panel that takes up 1/3 of the screen at all times while the user toggles […]