Bill Byrne is a internationally exhibited multimedia digital artist, professor, academic leader, textbook author, animator, graphic designer, web developer, digital musician and motion graphics designer.
Bill has written three textbooks for Focal Press, 3D Motion Graphics For 2D Artists published in December of 2012, Creative Motion Graphic Titling (co-authored with Yael Braha) published in October 2010 and The Visual Effects Arsenal published in April of 2009. These books are tutorial-based instructional tools using a variety of widely available software to create animation, motion graphics and visual effects. He also has written several articles for the DIY periodical Make magazine.
Bill is currently a faculty member at the University of Texas At Austin’s Arts and Entertainment Technologies program teaching Game Design, Motion Graphics, Audio Reactive Visuals, Portfolio and other technology based art courses. He was a faculty member at the Art Institute of Austin in the Media Arts and Animation, Game Art and Design and Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Department. He was the Academic Director of Ai Austin’s Media departments, developing and teaching courses in digital design and animation. He was responsible for the academic leadership of six programs, Game Art and Design, Media Arts and Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Digital Film and Video Production, Digital Photography and Audio Production. He was awarded staff of the quarter on two occasions, Fall 2012 and Fall 2013 and Faculty of the Quarter in the Spring of 2017.
Bill is also a professional motion graphics designer and editor for television, video games and film. He has worked with clients such as Electronic Arts, NBC, Tiffany & Co., ABC Sports, ESPN, Panasonic, Snickers and RCA Records. He also created visual effects for the web-based comedy series Chad, Matt and Rob. He created the title sequence and visual effects for the independent feature Red Doors (winner, best narrative feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2005). He has also directed and animated the video for All About House Plants for the DVD project, Addendum by the band One Ring Zero.
Bill collaborates with Austin-based animation artist Dax Norman as part of the performance art group The Parts Unknown. They made a music video for the song “The Confused Clone’s Mirror Moment” which was featured at the German film festival Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen in 2013, alongside works by David Lynch and David Bowie. Bill scored Dax’s animated film, tengo hambre in 2012.
He is a multimedia digital artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. His visual and sound art focuses on building surrealistic, organic worlds. He makes digital-photomontage-based prints and animated installations. He performs experimental electronic music with a laptop, Game boy and circuit bent toys with his wife, Suzanne as The Painful Leg Injuries. They have performed at SXSW and Make magazine’s Maker Faire. On November 14th 2007 he was the invited speaker at Bloomfield College in New Jersey discussing his career as a fine artist and professional designer. Prints of his digital photomontage were chosen to be in Arts and Science Collaborators Digital exhibitions in 2001, 2002, and 2004. His image The Flowering was published in the October 2005 issue of Wiredmagazine.
Bill is a graduate from New York’s School of Visual Arts Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Related Media. Bill is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop.
He was born in Staten Island, New York and now lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Suzanne and their three daughters, Elinor, Audrey and Vivian.