Hi, I'm Olin Kirkland.

I work as a software developer in Regensburg, Germany making applicationsgames, and exhibits.

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About.

I’m a German-American software developer and game/exhibit designer and I made this website to share my work. The majority of projects are developed in Actionscript 3.0 and many use the Flex framework.

I’ve worked as a freelance software developer in Edinburgh and Berlin, a teacher in Washington D.C., and an interactive developer in Houston. As a programmer, I’ve taken on leadership roles on software projects and worked closely with researchers, graphic designers, and animators on tight schedules.

I was brought in as an interactive developer to create touch screen exhibits for the largest energy exhibit in the world at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston where I was soon assigned the role of team lead for touch screen exhibits. While in Houston, I also worked on exhibits about the Middle Ages and Death by Natural Causes. I’ve since moved abroad to explore my German heritage, and now I work as a software developer at Dallmeier Electronic in Regensburg, Germany.

You can view my detailed work history on my LinkedIn.

Work.

My professional work and personal projects have a pretty wide scope. They’re organized below in no particular order, labelled by their category.
If you have any questions about a specific piece of work, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Wiess Energy Hall

Geosteering Game

This game shows a side-view representation of the practice of geosteering for oil exploration.

Game

Altar

I went to the Houston Art Institute for two days for the 2016 Global Game Jam with a close friend of mine, Joe Harner. The jam’s theme? Ritual.

Wiess Energy Hall

Energy Hall Media Kiosks

I developed a set of nine interactive dual-screen touch screen kiosks with content related to unconventional energy production, two related to seismic surveys, and four related to oil and gas pipelines.

Wiess Energy Hall

Energy Career Quiz

The Energy Career Quiz application places users into one of a dozen energy-related careers after they take a short quiz of ten questions.

Death by Natural Causes Exhibit

Death Predictor

The Death Predictor Exhibit is an intuitive quiz application that allows users to view how their own life choices affect their lifespan.

Knights and Armor Exhibit

Castle Map

I collaborated with the Houston Museum of Natural Science‘s Exhibit Architect Kevin Gold and Curator of Anthropology Dirk Van Tuerenhout to create an enormous map of European castles.

Wiess Energy Hall

Exhibit Support Tools

While working on the Wiess Energy Hall, I realized quickly that there were some unfulfilled needs for the development crew and floor staff, so I worked with them to create solutions.

Wiess Energy Hall

Wiess Watchdog

The Watchdog monitoring software I developed for the Wiess Energy Hall is a versatile server/client package that runs behind applications in the hall with the purpose of monitoring their memory usage, downtime, and CPU heat.

Knights and Armor Exhibit

Castle Map Data Entry

To allow the volunteer researchers working on the Castle Map to submit their data, I set up a system that allowed for them to submit their researched data entries from home.

Knights and Armor Exhibit

Digital Armor Encyclopedia

The Digital Armor Encyclopedia is an application developed to educate visitors at the Houston Museum of Natural Science about types of medieval armor and the years during which those types were used.

Game

Maze

A coworker challenged me to make a silly, pointless game. So I came up with a giant, impossible maze!

Knights and Armor Exhibit

Feudal Careers

This career quiz places users at random into careers that they might have had in the European Middle Ages.

Wiess Energy Hall

Future Energy Kiosks

The Future Energy Kiosks section in the Future Energy Exhibit of the Wiess Energy Hall consists of a set of interactive touch screen kiosks with content related to the future of energy production, trade, and consumption.

Wiess Energy Hall

Global Hydrocarbon Deposits Map

The “Hydrocarbon Information Center” application consists of series of static maps generated from donated Wood Mackenzie data and was developed using custom global plotting code on top of a stylized vector map.

Wiess Energy Hall

Geologic Timeline

The Geologic Timeline application is a fun and educational experience for any age, boasting brightly animated scenes from each time period.

Wiess Energy Hall

Can You Frack It?

The Can You Frack It interactive game describes the practice of fracturing the ground for natural gas – or “fracking” as it’s known in the industry.

Game

Entropy

A tribute to one of my favorite childhood computer games, Crystal Quest.

Wiess Energy Hall

Renewable Energy Hub

In the middle of the Renewable Exhibit sits the Hub application, whirring with colorful particle effects and a beautiful gallery of images from the Land Art Generator Initiative.

Wiess Energy Hall

GIS Energy Map

The GIS Energy Map is an informative two screen interactive map that lets users explore energy distribution on the North American continent.

Wiess Energy Hall

Prospector Slot Machine

This slot machine game has a physical lever users can pull to try and win. Educational text panels educate visitors about the history of oil prospecting.

Wiess Energy Hall

Renewable Energy Kiosks

The Renewable Energy Kiosks consist of a set of eight interactive touch screen kiosks with content related to renewable energy production.

Death by Natural Causes Exhibit

Snakebite

The Snakebite exhibit consists of an interactive kiosk to allow visitors to visualise how a snakebite would take effect on their limbs.

Wiess Energy Hall

Continental Drift

The Continental Drift application is a straightforward interactive that allows users to scrub through time and view how tectonic plates have shifted in the past and how they are predicted to shift in the future.

Game

Amber World

Amber World is a turn based battle game inspired by the Armor Games’ Flash game Sonny.

Game

Game Studio Studio

This game is a pretty simple cookie-clicker style game about making free-to-play games that I made for the November 2014 Berlin Mini Game Jam hosted by King Berlin.

Knights and Armor Exhibit

Crest Creator

Using the Crest Creator, users make their own crest by picking from a wide selection of colors, materials, and decorative prints, then Email it to themselves.

Contact.

Drop me a line if you have any questions about my work, want to collaborate on a project, or just chat.
Of course, if you just want to chat that’s fine too. You can follow me on stuff too, if that’s your thing.