Mark Willis works at the intersection of art, design, emerging technology and digital strategy. He’s currently a co-founder and Chief Design Officer at Texel, building a living virtual world around digital tulips. Texel tulips are programmatically generated, genetically expressive, provably unique, and stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Each tulip is a beautiful, unpredictable piece of digital art. Soon, you’ll be able to plant, grow, breed and exchange them. Texel is an online gaming experience, a digital art installation, and a social experiment. Mark heads up design and artistic direction for the project. A long-time Boston resident, Mark previously led web strategy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Boston Museum of Science and startups before moving to Philadelphia to found his own digital consultancy. (Creating Texel with new friends in the Philly tech community was a fortuitous development!) Mark also founded and runs Clean Sheet Co., an athletic and casual apparel company inspired by soccer culture. He offers design, illustration, digital and strategic consultation to a stable of clients around the country. His art, design and digital work has been covered in numerous national publications. You can see a full overview of his work, and get in touch, at https://mwillis.com.