Hi, I'm Christian Madden.

Technologist by background.
Creative Director by evolution.
Maker by nature.

I work at the intersection of creativity and technology, crafting digitally enabled experiences for high profile brands.

I live on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

The common thread through my work experience is the application of innovative thinking and technologies to the creative process, in order to create experiences that tell a compelling brand story in a new and unexpected way.

Selected Works:

Several “second-screen” companion websites for National Geographic Channel:

Live From Space – National Geographic Channel

Emmy-award winning companion site for the live TV program of the same name. Site plots the position of the ISS in real time while using a variety of data APIs to reveal similarities and differences between people across the globe. Social extension featured participation of both Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking.

Killing Kennedy – National Geographic Channel

A unique, immersive take on the assassination of JFK that compares the paths of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald at critical moments in their lives. The project was a prolific winner of awards, including six Cannes Lions for categories including Storytelling, Overall Aesthetic, User Experience and Mobile.

Saints and Strangers – National Geographic Channel

Re-framed the story of the Pilgrims as a game that challenges players to face the life-or-death decisions required to survive a first winter in Plymouth.

Tech-driven ideas for Royal Caribbean to fulfill their mission of “marketing as innovative as the ships”:

SoundSeeker – Royal Caribbean

AI-powered site experience that uses machine learning to create custom, shareable photo soundtracks which are generated on the fly based on objects, colors and facial expressions found in user submitted images.

SeaSeeker – Royal Caribbean

Social content series that brought Snapchat Spectacles underwater for the first time with a custom designed 3D-printed dive mask enclosure.

Come Seek Live – Royal Caribbean

Live streamed Periscope content from remote locations in the Caribbean to digital billboards in NYC using a proprietary video processing pipeline.

VR Prototype – Royal Caribbean

Concepted and created a prototype for an ambitious VR experiential installation that used capacitive touch technology to add interaction to real world objects in a virtual reality space, transporting users to unique Caribbean experiences.

Get Away With It – JetBlue

Live streaming game show, twenty-five episodes long, with contestants connected to our studio set via Skype. Responsible for technical and creative elements as well as creating and testing the show’s gameplay design.

Freedom Crown – Burger King

Instagram social content for Burger King, created custom crown with space for an American Brewhouse King burger and a Bud, for a collaboration with Budweiser.

Other Achievments and Awards

Panelist at the Cannes Festival of Creativity, speaking about how being a hard-to-define Misfit Toy can lead to unexpected creative solutions.

Presented our case for Get Away With It (JetBlue) to the Interactive Academy of Arts and Sciences for a jury-awarded Emmy nomination.

Won a haul of additional creative, digital and advertising industry awards:

One Show Gold and Bronze Pencils • Gold and Bronze Clios • Gold and Bronze LIAs • Multiple Silver EffiesShorty AwardsFWAAwwwards • Several Hatch and MITX awards

Side Projects

Coded an Alexa-controlled home automation API for our house using a custom SmartThings app, forked Nest Thermostat Ruby gem and a Sinatra web app.

Two native iOS apps in development using SwiftUI • OpenCV-powered Instagram post liking robot • Personal agency entrance music using HID card readers, Spotify API, Raspberry Pi and Arduino • LED light personal metrics dashboard using Feather