these are questions i’m asked all the time! if i had to explain who i am and what i do i’d say something like:
“i’m an ontological architect™”
ontology is my way of actualizing the human imagination, intersecting design with human consciousness and co-actively authoring “mindware” into reality.” (and yes, i speak like this in real life)
but lets be real, no one knows what the hell i’m even talking about.
so in furtherance of keeping shit super simple: i’m a proud husband, honored father, autodidact, inventor and ontological architect. i design experiences that will influence how you interact with the world around you. my messes have become my messages – those messages have galvanized a foundation of relentless ambition and pursuit.
ontology – a set of concepts that explore the properties and relationships between things, how they become and how they exist
architect – a person who designs and builds shit
i’ve blended my studies of human behavior profiling, process engineering and automation technologies into this “box” i call an “ontological architect™”
dimitri snowden™ is an ontological architect™
dimitri designs epic experiences with an acute focus on human behavior, process engineering and automation technologies.
human-beings are moved by emotional and physical stimuli. because humans are complex, consumers and users or digital and physical don’t fit into boxes. dimitri designs for intersectionality – the human experience.
dimitri approaches experience design through ontology and ethnographic studies. his multi-disciplinary approach creates impactful experiences for some of the world’s leading brands.
grab digital data from technology
and observe behavior from humans
use the digital and human data to
design experience elements
apply design elements to create a unique
and contextual human experience
dimitri snowden™ was born in buffalo, new york to a cuban immigrant, vietnam veteran father (navy salute) and humanitarian african american mother.
dimitri’s early years were largely explorative, transient and full of fiscal and emotional adversity.
raised primarily on the east coast (boston), dimitri’s unique cultural upbringing resulted in him never being “black enough” for the black people in his community and he certainly wasn’t “white enough” for white people given his appearance.
he didn’t fit into any of the racial or cultural boxes people were used to. dimitri stood out for his expansive vocabulary; often times being ridiculed for using “big words”, playing with legos and being a martial artist.
dimitri was either taking the long way to/from school or getting into 3 fights a week.
this cultural “purgatory” pushed dimitri to learn how to “adapt to the audience”, pushed him to physically defend himself as well as pushed him to become heavily introspective. both highly educated and compassionate, his parents saw this and introduced young dimitri to the broader world around him by nurturing his creativity.
the fiscal adversity kept dimitri’s family on the move and very creative. never having much, he grew up with a heightened sense of possibility, imagination and problem-solving abilities. with a certified iq of 129, his insatiable curiosity revealed itself in enterprising ways. it wasn’t long before young dimitri, who was entrepreneurial-spirited, created several neighborhood businesses including grass-cutting and car washing.
during his 20s, dimitri dropped out of college because he couldn’t afford the tuition with just 6 months left. he took a strong interest in quantum mechanics and noetic sciences which strangely led to him becoming a self-taught computer programmer. once he started programming, he quickly understood that he was the author for creating epic human experiences for paying participants. this understanding drove dimitri to study ontology. as of now, he builds human experiences with software, robotics and tv/film content.
dimitri’s life has been full of messes, tragedy, lessons and love.
today dimitri lives in los angeles with his wife and children.
as dimitri continually refined his ability to create immersive experiences, he was able to foster valuable relationships and opportunities with many national and international brands like radio one, visa and general dynamics.
dimitri was able to use the brand equity from his resume and attract even more clients in the entertainment and commercial verticals.
dimitri has invented several new experience products and services. here are a few:
‘seeking sister wife‘ chronicles the lives of polygynous families from different walks of life as they each move toward finding a sister wife, adding an additional sister wife or life just after a new sister wife arrives.
dimitri and his family have redefined the typical polygamous family template by being the first african american plural family featured on primetime tv.
‘seeking sister wife‘ is now in its second season.