I’m David Tristman, an artist, designer, coder and teacher living and working in NYC. I grew up in the ‘80s influenced by early punk, hip hop, graffiti and comic books. As an artist I work in a variety of media ranging from drawing and painting to photography and animation and enjoy working in traditional and digital methods. My illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and on HBO and PBS as well as in numerous other publications.


Since the early ’90s, I have worked as a designer and art director, mainly in the area of interactive media, but I enjoy all areas of design. My projects and clients come from a wide range of categories that includes anything from entertainment to pharmaceuticals. Most recently, I was an art director at WSJ.Custom Studios (a division of the Wall Street Journal) in native advertising design and now freelance for various clients in NYC (online portfolio here).


Around 1997 I became interested in the web and began teaching myself HTML, then CSS and Flash and some JavaScript. These days I still enjoy hand coding HTML, HTML5, CSS3, a little JavaScript/JQuery, some WordPress customization, and dabbling in PHP.


In 2000, I began teaching HTML, Flash, ActionScript, and other web design classes at Parsons School of Design. I have since led classes and seminars at Pratt and Pace University and regularly teach HTML and CSS at NYU’s journalism grad school. In 2008, I began offering my own independent seminars in HTML and CSS for beginners. My coding seminars are also sometimes offered by NY’s Media Bistro and more recently at the NY Code and Design Academy.