Herbert Gilliland

Herbert Gilliland

Work History

Work History


PickPark LTD

PickPark LTD, a business social website, was a top start-up in Germany for the year 2007.  Herb served as CTO in 2008.  The company has deals with Airberlin and other companies in Europe and the US.  Herb developed multi-language content management and an integrated advertising network, as well as online video tutorials.

Sep 2010 - Present


Ganos LLC

Founded in 2010, Ganos LLC is a brand warehouse with many alpha-stage products for the web.  Herb brought 3 years of work and research to Ganos LLC and is the majority stakeholder in the business.  He is partnered with Woody March-Steinman and Bryan Berns.  They operate the start-up as an incubator for online brands.

May 2008 - Present


Ecere Corporation

UA/QA position developing a programming language and SDK.  Aside from consulting on the eC language and its features, while reporting bugs and issues, Herb developed the Open Art Engine component that enabled functionality for time-based interactive animation with motion tween.  Other features included an OpenAL class framework for real-time audio mixing.

Sep 2013 - Nov 2013

Web Developer

Opus One Interactive

Consultant and developer of a CodeIgniter-based contract management software for the music industry.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

Lead Web Developer


Consulting to a startup that has a strong social media presence

Nov 2012 - Jan 2013

Developer (Contractor)

Garrigan Lyman Group

PHP developer under contract developing sites in Drupal, Wordpress and others for Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies.

Mar 2011 - Aug 2011



Co-developer, corporate Intranet, Zend Framework / MVC, PHP, Linux, VMWare.  GUI, databases (Postgres, MSSQL), CSS/HTML/JavaScript and jQuery.  QA/UA.  Trained employees.

Mar 2008 - Dec 2008

UPMC / University of Pittsburgh

Lead programmer of the Avenzoar Digital Pathology Tool, a specialized image analysis solution that examined ultra-high resolution images and determined an appropriate diagnosis for cancer.  Research was done in a team, and was postdoctoral research. This position involved problem solving, programming in C/C++ and OpenGL.

Mar 2007 - Sep 2007

Technical Writer

Provost Systems

Technical writer who developed 10 software manuals for a southern California educational software company that is a competitor to blackboard.  Herb also provided ancillary support as a quality assurance analyst.

Jun 1998 - Dec 2004

Carnegie Mellon University

Herb held various positions at Carnegie Mellon from 1996-2004.  He first held a position as a project assistant for the Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, hosted at CMU's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.  Working there as an undergraduate, the NMR project interfaced with the mayor, community representatives and developers, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. Herb went on to become a Media Designer for the Electrical and Computer Engineering School.  He also held a number of student jobs, including gallery assistant, cartoonist for the school newspaper, radio show host and web designer.

Before working for the university, Herb worked for a CMU spin-off called "Grand Illusion Studios" that commercialized Mike Christel, Don Marinelli and Scott Stevens' Synthetic Interview product.


Sep 1996 - Dec 2005

Bachelor of Science

Carnegie Mellon University


Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Herbert Gilliland is an entrepreneur, scientist, artist and musician who spends most of his time developing software for clients and for his business, Ganos LLC.  He plays the electric guitar.

An early experimenter in digital video technology, Herb has worked for a variety of media outlets, academic institutions, law firms and private companies both in the US and abroad.  He has specialized several times into various fields, including biomedical, data processing and visualization, electronics and multimedia.

As an academic, Herb spent time engaged in self-directed interdisciplinary exploration.  He studied a degree of his own creation, which helped bring Interaction Design to Carnegie Mellon.


Skills include: HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL/MSSQL/Sqlite3/PDO, Linux, Windows, C/C++, OpenGL, OpenAL

Herb is adept at using Photoshop, Illustrator and Open Office.  He has utility in Adobe Premiere / Digital Video, but his specializations are elsewhere.

Other explorations: Compiler development, Morphology Analysis (Image Analysis), Data Processing, Data Analysis/Visualization, Programming Language Design, Tools Development, iPhone/iPad, (OpenGLES), Processing, Audacity, FLS Pro, Voice Acting, "Special Effects", 3D Engine Development, GLSL


A Universe of Interactions, H. Elwood, Z. Borlja, 2008.The Adventures of George and Herb, H. Elwood with Save the Rhino International and Turgwe Hippo Trust, 2007.Beginning, H. Gilliland, 1994, 2005.Clifton McGill Photo Essay, C. McGill, H. Gilliland. STUDIO for Creative Inquiry 2000.[Ctrl]SPACE, The Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother, MIT Press, 2002.Goto, R., Bingham, B., Collins, T., et al Ample Opportunity: A Community Dialogue/The Nine Mile Run Greenway Project.STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998.iSee and the Effects of Surveillance on Public Space, Institute for Applied Autonomy, 2003.The Mod Archive, Amiga music preservation, Fledge/Watson.org, 1996.New Beginning, H. Gilliland, 1994, 2005.Omnicircus CD, F. Garvey, H. Gilliland, 2000.Online Creation, Chris Woodward, Herb Gilliland, 1993-2006.Only in New York, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, August 2005.Project Club/ESCAPE ONLINE, 1999-2002, Platform Digital LLC, 2000.Polymorphic Server-Model for Multi-modal Agents, ISAL/ECAL, International Conference for Artificial Life, 2002.Sight of Stillness, Carolyn Speranza, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 2002-2003.Transforming Nine Mile Run: Final Report, T. Collins, R. Goto, B. Bingham, R. Pell, H. Gilliland, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University 2000.Unauthorized: IAA Field Operations Handbook, Institute for Applied Autonomy, 2009.

Production Samples




No one really knows Linux.


I have developed a shader library, written GL3.x shaders in GLSL, including light etc., and once I got some deferred shading working.


I know ActionScript, but I'm not a big fan of Flash development.  Flex/Air developers are someone else.

Javascript and the jQuery library suite

I pump out AJAX, jQuery, Scriptaculous, etc., though it's not my favorite skill.  I can do some amazing stuff in it when I put my mind to it.


Need tasty Java-based phone apps?  No problem.


Aside from the fact that I was an early contributer to Processing.org's IDE, I've also rapped with Carol Bartz on the phone about Java's inner workings.  Java was invented by an alumnus from my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon.

xCode for the Mac and iPhone

I'm capable with xCode, though it's not my home base.  I own a Mac mini, so it's a side project.


Truthfully, I'm not as experienced in Illustrator as I am in Photoshop.  I can make great technical drawings and schematics with it, however, including UML and flow diagrams and such.  I use it sometimes to generate source material and layouts which are later imported into Photoshop.


Not to downplay this skill, but I have my C/C++ writing skill optimized beyond expert level, so my code is too!


I signed an NDA with Larry Lightman!  How guru is that!!!


I actually contributed features to HTML5!  I've been using HTML since 1995


I rock at PHP5!