Kevin McGillivray

Curriculum Vitae


In everything I do, my goal is to explore and practice creativity and share what I learn through teaching, writing, and other projects.

As a designer and developer, my work is focused on building creative, mindful, and healthy communities online and offline and celebrating the history, creativity, and potential of the web.

As a teacher, I believe that creativity is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and taught, and I emphasize the interdisciplinary creative skills that are valuable in every career and discipline.

I am currently looking for more opportunities to continue this exploration of creativity, community, and code, and to make deeper contributions to the innovation of education in creativity and technology.


St. Norbert College
Bachelor of Music (B.M.), summa cum laude
Major in Music Liberal Arts, Minor in Graphic Design
De Pere, Wisconsin, USA
2008 – 2012

Liverpool Hope University
Study abroad semester
Liverpool, England
Spring 2011

Professional Experience


Partner, Lead Developer, 2016 - present

Sandcastle is a web design studio focused on education, community building, and independent creative businesses and organizations. My partner, Foster, and I started Sandcastle as a way to support the success of projects we care about that make a positive difference in our communities. Our clients range from cultural and educational organizations to local creative businesses and independent creative professionals.

Code Convoy

Co-founder, Head of Curriculum and Mentorship, 2016 - present

Code Convoy is a collaboration between Sandcastle, other local businesses and organizations, and local developers to provide a high quality learning and training resource for learners looking to study web development. Code Convoy started as a one-day workshop and has grown into a regular small group class. I serve as the lead instructor and develop the core curriculum for these classes. My goal with this project is to build a pathway for training to support students and the local economy, provide a high quality lifelong learning environment, and experiment with new approaches to teaching design and programming.


Frontend Web Development Mentor, 2015 - present

As a mentor at Bloc, I’ve provided one-on-one support, guidance, and training to over fifty students as they completed an intensive, bootcamp-style web development course. In the course, students build their skills from beginner to advanced through a series of lessons, exercises, and projects. As they progress, I make sure they are gaining the necessary skills to be a developer, help them explore career options related to their interests, and provide encouragement and inspiration throughout their learning journey.

Insight Creative

Graphic Designer/Web Developer, 2012 - 2015

At Insight, I designed and produced websites, print materials, visual identities, photography, and audio projects. In my role, I increased the efficiency, collaboration, and quality of work across the design and development team by providing training and guidance on iterative development practices and development tools and methodologies like Git, responsive design, and modern deployment workflows.

St. Norbert College Writing Center

Writing Consultant/Graphic Designer, 2011 - 2012

As a writing consultant, I provided mentorship, feedback, and training to students about their writing, and in the process encouraged the development of their creative and communication skills. I also initiated and maintained a social media strategy and visual identity for the writing center.

Selected Writing

Mindful Code Exercises

A Web Development Reading List

Tutorial Writing: Clarify Your Prerequisites

How to Stop Creativity

Writing Code from Scratch

Talks and Presentations

Design for Digital Humanists
Re:Humanities (2012) – Swarthmore College

Introduction to Jekyll
Barcamp Green Bay (2013)

Selected Projects

Untitledtown – A website for the Untitledtown book and author festival. I built the website frontend and backend, and created illustrations for the festival.

Teaguide – A mini guide to tea.

Typeguide – A stylesheet for well-crafted, responsive website typography.

Wisconsin Refugees – A data visualization exploring refugee data in Wisconsin, 2002-2016.


1st Place Award - Student Juried Art Exhibition
Feb 2012 St. Norbert College Art Department

Silver Student ADDY Award 2011
Feb 2012 AAF-Fox River Ad Club

Daniel F. Dickhut Graphic Design Award
2012 St. Norbert College Art Department

Technical Skills

Web Development

Graphic Design

Music and Audio

Art, Music, and Creative Writing

Students Mentored

Available upon request.


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