Under Davidson grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia (Flourtown, PA to be exact). Born in December of 1969, he gets very little (but at least some) claim to be a 'child of the sixties'. 'Children of the Sixties' might be more appropriate, as he was not born alone. He and his fraternal twin were raised in a time when TV had 2 big knobs and 6 channels, and the back yard had 1000 adventures waiting to happen. Soon joined by 2 younger brothers, Andrew survived childhood with no broken bones and a creative streak that everyone noticed early in life. Andrew majored in Art all 4 years in High School, where his teacher encouraged him to continue his art education by attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
After Andrew earned his BFA in Film/Video in 1992, he moved back to Philadelphia and began his career as a
designer . In an effort to save money during these 'rave' productions, he began designing flyers for his own events. He used his years in art school to hone his skills with a Macintosh SE computer, and more importantly, the way they were used in the print production process. In the times before this, graphic designers used press tape and hand-lettering along with a skilled negative stripper to do complex color separations for full-color printing. Now a computer can do it from the desktop.
A whirlwind trial-by-fire later, Andrew found himself with an eye for design and a set of print production skills that were catching other promoters attention. One flyer design job lead to another, and next thing you know, he's using his print experience to broker print jobs with other designers and printers, dealing with pre-press and file conversion. To expand his repertoire in web printing and the print process, he began co-publishing a (short-lived) monthly magazine called
Slurp! based on East Coast rave culture with a high-school friend.
Now digging deep in his Macintosh Centris 610, and inspired by the slew of CD-ROM distributed Magazines, he started development of eSlurp! a multimedia magazine distributed on 1.4mb floppy disks (remember them?). Halfway into development of his second issue, he got his first job in computer graphics/multimedia development. Finally, a real job playing with computers! We can bore you with the tedium of developing Sales Force Multimedia Applications for such Fortune 500 companies as AT&T, IBM, and DuPont, but we won't. To say the least, his computer was running nearly 24 hours a day as he developed user interfaces, wrote lingo code, and developed hard-drive based graphic applications in nearly every object-oriented language available in the day. He left within a year, burned out by the long hours and an unstable executive team.
Returning his focus to print work, he delved back into his independent design business, continuing to design flyers for raves and nightclub events, only to be drawn out by the world wide web. A common friend introduced Andrew to Christian Ludwig, who was head-hunting for someone looking to start niche-based 'portals' before 'portals' became the buzzword of the late 1990s. Andrew was in charge of design and HTML for the companys 'NetFocus' line of branded ISP Products, a full-fledged community portal used by Earthlink and Netscape. The funding ran out quicker then the subscribers came, so the two friends left to form 2World Network Solutions Inc., a web design and development company in 1996.
The mix of the world wide web and flyer design spurned Andrew to create FlyerArt.com, a online designer-supported portfolio of flyer designs from all over the world, but also have some of his flyer work published in coffee-table books.
Under does not throw raves anymore, but can be found running the show over at Hang Free, a bi-annual summer outdoor DJ music event. When he's free to rock the turntables as a DJ, he spins funky breaks, pop-hop, big beat and mash-ups. Lately, it's been less with vinyl and more with a laptop, allowing him to carry days of music with him, and pleasing song-requests at weddings.
Today, Andrew whips his stable of personal servers into running bleeding edge installs of Apache, PHP, MySQL, WebDAV and NetBios services and keep terabytes of online storage for his personal amusement. He also occasionally invents things and lately has been hitting the record button pretty hard lately!