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Travis Johnson

What do you do at Visceral?

As the Technical Director at Visceral, my job is to make sure our development team creates awesome work for our clients! I help keep the technical implementation of our projects organized and on track, and I push Visceral to use new technologies to make our products better all the time.

Top 3 favorite books

1984 by George Orwell:  I am drawn to dystopian near-future/sci-fi, and this book is the ultimate in that genre. Orwell’s predictions for the future are astonishingly accurate and terrifying. It takes a special kind of creativity to not only imagine a future fictional world, but to come up with complex ideas that actually end up happening! 1984s insights into politics, sociology, and psychology always amazes me.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck: I feel bad for any book you read after East of Eden. The writing is masterclass and, although long, it is a work of art. As a California native who has travelled through Central California many times, peering back into the history of Salinas through Steinbeck’s wonderful storytelling and character development is such a joy.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: This Pulitzer Prize winner is just beautifully written. The scene descriptions, character building, and interweaving of narratives is captivating. I really enjoy when disparate things come together in unexpected ways!

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo: Runner up! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for cerebral, mind-bending stories. This anti-war book puts you in the mind of a soldier who through an artillery blast, has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, and mouth. The book explores this unique perspective, the perception of reality and illusion, and the essence of life and purpose. This is a very original story that makes you appreciate your senses and brings forward the harsh realities of war.

If you could eat a whole bathtub full of anything without adverse effects, what would it be?

Oreos! They’re the perfect combo of cream and crunch and you know you can’t help but eat a whole sleeve. Plus they’re vegan 🙂

Who is your favorite artist?

For an older, more classic choice, I’d go with the painter Egon Schiele. His portraits are raw, rough, and slightly twisted, which in my mind does a great job expressing the struggle of being human. My modern pick is Jeremy Geddes, who does hyper-realistic paintings with absurd scenes. He has a cosmonaut series which is just beautiful!

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