David Thomas Moran is a street photographer, game designer and digital media artist. The subject of much of his creative work currently is public, street life, pedestrianism, the mobility of individuals and communities and urban/suburban design in the Greater Orlando metropolitan region.
Emerging Media MFA at UCF. David completed his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from University of Central Florida’s (UCF) School of Visual Arts & Design in May 2014. He studied emerging media with an interdisciplinary specialization in games for social change, games-as-art, phone photography and urban design. David is incredibly grateful to SVAD Professor Emeritus Dr. Michael Moshell for serving as his thesis committee chair. The title of David’s MFA thesis was “GAYME: An Auto-Ethnographic, Documentary Game about ‘Quarely’ Navigating Pedestrian Spaces.”
Education and Work Background. David earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Public & Urban Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) in 2005. He has lived in Orlando for the past eight years working as an event planner at the Walt Disney World Resort and a legal assistant at a Downtown Orlando law firm before pursuing graduate school full-time. In 2011, David helped found the LGBTQ+ Services office at UCF serving for two years as the graduate coordinator where he developed programs and resources to support LGBTQ+ students and their allies.
Family. Though born an only child, David has step-siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and close friends scattered throughout the United States and the world. He was born in Idaho and grew up in Southeastern Virginia. His parents instilled a love for photography, music and people at an early age. David’s mother, Shari, is currently pursuing her life dream of becoming a chaplain at San Francisco Theological Seminary. His father, Tom, is married to a wonderful person named Debrah, and they live together in Hampton, Virginia where Tom works as a construction supervisor for the Newport News Shipyard.
Other interests David has include freelance writing, travel, music composition, documentary film, history, poetry, digital ethnography, and sustainable/eco-industries.