P’unk Avenue helps people and organizations that improve the social good by designing and building websites and open source web software. Our work is cutting-edge but always elegant and easy-to-use. We care deeply about our craft, and therefore seek similarly dedicated clients. We also love being Philadelphians, so to that end we support business and civic endeavors and events that foster civic dialogue and address issues facing citizens in the Philly region.
Working from our South Philadelphia studio are:
He was a full time Multimedia professor at the University of the Arts for several years and currently serves as an adjunct member of the faculty.
Other community experience includes co-founding the Passyunk Square Civic Association in South Philadelphia, serving on the marketing committee of the board of the Free Library of Philadelphia, serving as an advisor to the Weathervane Music project, and being an artist and board member of Vox Populi, a respected cooperative gallery. He has deep experience in design and communication that go back to his first job out of college with Rolling Stone magazine.
He holds a B.A. from Rutgers in History & Political Science and an M.F.A. in Book Arts & Printmaking from the University of the Arts.
Alex Gilbert, P’unk Avenue’s lead developer, is a graduate of The University of Art’s Multimedia program. He has been developing web solutions since 2000. He previously worked at Mobius New Media in Wilmington, Delaware. Alex has been working with the Symfony PHP Web Framework since early 2006 and has developed numerous projects with it.
Tom Boutell is a developer for P’unk Avenue. His background in software development and long experience with the web brings a unique perspective to the team. As the head of Boutell.Com, Inc., Tom created the original WWW FAQ, which continues to be a frequently-consulted “how-to” resource for web developers. At RealNetworks (then Progressive Networks), Tom was instrumental in the creation of RealAudio 1.0, the first streaming audio solution for the web.
In the open source world, he is best known as the author of GD Library, a dynamic graphics code library for websites, now standard in PHP distribution and for originating the PNG project that lead to the creation of the PNG image format. He has recently released several open source tools such as aS3StreamWrapper, pkLockServer and OptimumPHP.
He is the author of a book on Windows and Linux Integration published by Sybex and a book on CGI Programming in C and Perl published by Addison- Wesley. He has written a number of Facebook and iPhone applications, as well as autobiographical web applications.
Kerry Gilbert is a front end developer/designer at P’unk Avenue. After studying Multimedia at The University of the Arts, Kerry went on to work at Cipher Prime Studios, an interactive design firm in Old City. There, he played the role of content developer for a number of games including Auditorium HD, Fractal and co-created the acclaimed iOS hit, Pulse: Volume One.
Tim Quirino is an Interactive Designer and before joining P'unk ave, he was the lead singer of a ska band.
It was the catalyst in the decision to pursue a Graphic Design degree at Drexel University. Upon graduating, he started Big Red Tank and freelanced for the music industry working with Fueled By Ramen, Warner Bros. Recording, Sony/BMG, and many others to design websites, merchandise, and album art.
He was a Multimedia Designer at QVC, where he designed user interfaces for the flagship iOS and Android mobile applications. In a span of 2 years, QVC went from having just 1 app, to releasing an entire suite of apps catering to their loyal (and tech-savvy) customers.
Tim also co-founded Geekadelphia with Eric Smith, which led to his involvement in Ford Automotive's Fiesta Movement Chapter II in 2010. The movement led to the highest amount of pre-orders for any Ford vehicle to date.
Sloan Miller is a marketing and agency veteran with strong relationship and project management skills and extensive experience in project planning, coordination and facilitation, technical requirements documentation and quality assurance.
He has engineered and guided complex eCommerce, mobile application, and CMS solutions for a range of large and small international, regional, and local clients including Wawa, JP Morgan Chase, WL Gore, American Water, Barclaycard, Comcast, Appleton Estates, Herr’s, Johnson & Johnson, Amgen, BIO, FoxSports, NHL, and more.
Over the the last four years Sloan founded and led the project management department for Wilmington Delaware's The Archer Group. While there, he was responsible for managing the agency's project portfolio, ensuring adherence to timelines and budgets, and overseeing the prioritization of activities and tasks of the design and development teams.
A six-year resident of South Philadelphia's Passyunk Avenue area with his wife, outside of work Sloan is all about books and blogs that improve his craft; participating in or viewing sporting events specifically baseball, football or soccer; continuing to develop his skills as an amateur chef and purveyor of good food and drink; and enjoying all forms of entertainment from movies and television to music.
Gabriel Farrell is a full-stack developer with years of experience helping libraries and nonprofits engineer useful, informative websites. He also enjoys participating in local hackathons, where he has created award-winning apps such as sheltr.org and lgbtrights.me. He holds an MLS from Pratt Institute, and worked in the Drexel University Libraries for several years before joining P'unk Avenue.
Ilyssa Kyu is an experience designer & strategist at P'unk Avenue. After graduating from the University of the Arts with a degree in industrial design, she continued working as a designer for the Mayor's Office of Sustainability at the City of Philadelphia after an internship and served as a design & communications fellow for the 2011 Good Company Ventures summer incubator for social entrepreneurs.
Ilyssa then went on to work for the design studio & consultancy andCulture as an experience designer + strategist. She continues to work with organizations like the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, Core77, Green Limbs, CultureWorks, and South Philly Green Drinks in her free time.
Stuart Romanek began his career on the Internet by peeking under skirt of Angelfire's first WYSISYG editor and generating way more flaming, rotating GIFs than humanly necessary. After a few dozen warez/babe/EN sites he went on to study at La Salle University where he graduated in 2003 with honors from the Multimedia Design program.
Most recently he's worked for GHI Design with a focus on design and front-end development for local small businesses, universities, and non-profits. Some of his favorite projects have been working with the University of Pennsylvania , The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, and CDA-I Architecture.
Stuart's off-hours are spent exploring pockets of Philadelphia, doing free artwork for his friends bands, and when he really has a solid day off, brewing a batch of beer.
Matt McManus is a full stack web developer with over 10 years of experience making websites for academic institutions and non-profits. He's worked as a freelancer and as a full time developer deep in the bowels of higher ed at Drexel and Arcadia Universities.
Matt's love for the internet is fueled by its potential to improve people's lives. In the past he has built tools for global non-profits in order to help them communicate and share information more efficiently. He has also created tools that help people be intentional about their relationships and time (two things the internet does not always encourage).
Equal to his love for computers and the internet is Matt's love for food and drink. He brews his own beer, makes his own hot sauce and loves spending 10 hours in front of the smoker working on a chicken or pork shoulder.