David English has written more than a thousand articles for a variety of publications, including Architectural Record, Attaché, boot, Business 2.0, Chief Executive, CNET, COMDEX Daily, Computer Shopper, DigitalCameraReview, Digital Cinema Report, Film & Video, Forbes, Fortune, Hemispheres, Inc. Magazine, The Leica Camera Blog, Maximum PC, Millennium Film Journal, Mobile PC, NotebookReview, Omni, PC Magazine, PC World, SIGnature, Sky, StudioDaily, TakeOff, Teradata Magazine, Thrive, TWICE, US Airways Magazine, Yahoo! Internet Life, and ZDNet.
English has worked as the editor of Computer Entertainment News, editor of SMART, and managing editor of Compute. During his time with those publications, he edited approximately 1,200 articles. He has contributed to four computer-related books and one business-management textbook.
He received a national Editorial Excellence Award in 1998 from the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE). The PC World article, “AGP Graphics: A Bumpy Ride,” which he co-authored with Michael Desmond, won the first-place award for “Best Technical Article: Over 80,000 Circulation.” The same article won a first-place award at the ASBPE West Coast Awards Competition. In 1995, he received a Cahners Editorial Merit Award for “Best Subject-Related Series of Articles.” Published in SMART, the articles analyzed Microsoft’s retail launch of Windows 95.
English served on the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Conference Advisory Board for four years (1995-1998) and has appeared on industry-related panels, television broadcasts, and radio programs. He has been a judge for many industry awards, including the CorelDRAW World Design Contest (1992-1996), Software Publishers Association’s Excellence in Software Awards (1995-1999), Computer Press Association’s Computer Press Awards (1996-2000), Bluetooth SIG Developers’ Contest (2003), Software & Information Industry Association’s Codie Awards (2000-2006), DIMA Innovative Digital Products Awards (2007-2010), StudioDaily Prime Awards (2012), and CTIA E-Tech Awards (2011-2013).
He was appointed the head of the 1996 Press Caravan at Brazil’s Fenasoft tradeshow, where he delivered the presentation speech at the Max award ceremony. He was also a speaker on a Fenasoft conference panel titled “Technology and Education,” where simultaneous translation was provided in English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
English created what may have been the first completely computer-generated television commercial. It was broadcast in 1982 over WTXX (channel 20 in Waterbury, Connecticut). He used an Apple IIe for the animation and an Apple II+ (with a customized AlphaSyntauri synthesizer) for the music and sound effects. The two computers were synched together at the television station, where the “Mr. Video” commercial was transferred to videotape for broadcast.
Academically, English has a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. He has also completed most of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University. For his doctoral work, English’s principal areas of study were narrative structure, the American avant-garde, and silent films of the 1920s.