Joey Fonacier

// About Me

I began my design career as an architect and 3D artist with an eye for creating engaging visuals and an understanding of how humans interact with their space. These skills helped me build a small business providing beautiful images and animations for a wide variety of clients across many different industries.

When I discovered virtual reality, I immediately became excited by the potential and obsessed with the challenge of how to design intuitive user experiences in this new 3-dimensional medium with no precedents.

At the time I knew I didn’t have all the skills at the time to tackle this ambitious and ambiguous problem so I enrolled in classes at SMC to learn to code and learn UX design, which has given me a greater ability to combine technology and design to solve human problems.

With these new skills, combined with almost 10 years of experience as a 3D artist and designer, and a willingness to learn, I possess a unique hybrid of abilities to help bridge the gap between the complications of an emerging technology like VR and the people that it can help.

Contact Me.

phone. 516-298-5200
location. Los Angeles, California


When I get away from my computer I enjoy hiking, backpacking and traveling. Whether it's a remote mountain in Patagonia, a temple in Cambodia or a European church, I love using my sketchbook and camera to capture little bits of beauty in this world.

Me and my wife on top of a mountain in Patagonia
El Chalten, Patagonia
Drawing of the roof of the Kunst Historicist Museum in Vienna
Kunst Historicist, Vienna
Hiking boots overlooking Horseshoe Bend in Paige, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Rock climbing in Van Vieng, Laos
Van Vieng, Laos
Sketch of the ceiling of Saint Sapienza in Rome
St Sapienza, Rome
Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc
Sunset in Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree, California
Mount Fitz Roy in Patagonia
Mt. Fitzroy, Patagonia
Ankor Wat
Ankor Wat, Cambodia
Me on a glacier in Patagonia
El Calafate, Argentina
Sunset under the Venice Boardwalk
Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Me with local children in Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
My dad taking pictures in Page Arizona
Page, Arizona
First time in VR. VRLA 2014
First time in VR, 2014