About

Panyamedia.com is the official portfolio of Alex Baker. The site was originally launched in February, 2010.

Just a bit of Background

I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a minor in Japanese from Ohio University in 2004. My interest in Japanese, computers, and media in general led me to a position with OTC Daihen, Inc., a Japanese-American manufacturer of robotic and welding equipment. The was a great opportunity for me to get my hands dirty with web design, catalog production, video production, an Automated Quote making application, and much more.

Realizing I might be better suited working in full-time web and media development, as well as join an environment with vast opportunities, I moved to New York City in the fall of 2008 and took a job with Distance Education Company. Here, I was given the chance to do more with my talents: work with Flash / ActionScript, improving our websites, and creating lucrative sub-domains, such as forums, landing pages, microsites, and blogs.

It was in 2008 that I first started to take on freelance projects to help expand my skill set and develop the beginnings of what came to be known as Panyamedia.

So what is Panyamedia?

This site was mainly created as a portfolio of projects and experiments. Here, you’ll find not only various web projects, but web applications, graphics tests, videos, photography, and more. This site was long overdue but I’m totally excited to finally have this live. Check out my about page for my background credits.

Panyamedia comes from the Japanese word for bakery (panya) and media. I came up with the name a couple years ago when trying to figure out a personal brand name that played off of my real name, Baker. The idea is that, much like a world-class baker would do, I’m always trying to put my best foot forward, baking up the best ideas possible. Maybe that’s pushing it, but you get the idea.

Why make this site a blog?

I’ve chosen to create this in WordPress to make this more of an open blog for projects, and your feedback is greatly valued. Whenever you see something that you like, let me know! If you see something that doesn’t make any sense, definitely let me know! In the high-pace world of web development, I consider peer evaluation to be one of the strongest aspects of refinement of the craft.

Are you Available for Help with _______?

USUALLY, I’d say In addition to my day job, I am currently taking on part-time freelance projects. But at the moment, I’ve taken on some large client work and need to focus on that. But I’m always down for a quick fun project!

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