About Me

Mac Plus computer

An external floppy drive too, serious rig!

My name is Ruben Kenig. My interest in the potential of computers as tools was ignited in 1986 when I encountered a Macintosh Plus in the electronic music studio of Manhattan School of Music. It was impossibly powerful, even sporting a massive 20MB hard drive connected to its SCSI bus. What was not to love?

The most important lesson I learned from that exper­ience was that computers were tools. They could allow you to do things that were almost impossible without them, often to a much higher standard and much quicker. I think that still holds true today even if they make us better at procras­tin­ating too.

The connection between music and computing, partic­u­larly on the web, is more than coincid­ental for me. Both practices deal with creating and inter­preting large and complex sets of inform­ation, and both have aesthetic concerns at their heart or at least should. There are certainly parallels between computer code and musical scores, both forming a framework for inter­pret­ation and present­ation to an audience sometimes with a capacity for inter­action.

After working in music and sound design for theatre I began a more formal explor­ation of webdesign in 2000 creating a website for Danceworks a London dance, exercise and martial arts school (not their current site though). I quickly learned the importance of under­standing the aims and needs of my clients. It is important to have a powerful armoury of tools to design and to code but both the creation of a website and the site itself are about commu­nic­ation. The form of the message is important but the content is the key.

I have recently started working as a project manager in addition to design and copywriting. I love this work as when integ­rated into a project there is great scope to get more from a team and deliver a much better site/product. I acquired many of the core skills of this role while working in theatre and later film post-production, organ­isation, planning, cost control and team management were all part of this exper­ience.

I am enjoying seeing how my past exper­i­ences are providing a framework for my current work. I used to see my life as a linear progression but there are more folds, twists and connec­tions becoming apparent with each passing day.

Find out what I’m up to now.

All the best,