Do you ever swipe around on Snapchat trying to find the perfect geofilter for your post and wonder, who makes these things, anyway? There’s the Congress Avenue bridge (bats and all), the Longhorn Band member throwing up a "hook ‘em" sign that shows up when you’re near campus and the City of Austin geofilter featuring the Texas State Capitol, among others.
Well, technically, anybody can make a Snapchat geofilter, but some of your favorites in Austin (including the ones mentioned above) came from one source: a University of Texas student named Jordan Villarreal.
The biology major explained on Twitter this week that he started making the filters in 2015 as a hobby. He began making filters for Stafford, Texas -- his hometown -- then when he moved to Austin for college, he began making geofilters for the city and for campus.
He made the City of Austin one, then a UT-centric one featuring the UT Tower:
Around this time I moved to Austin to go to UT, which is where I did some of my best filters. This is one of my favorites, for the whole city of Austin. pic.twitter.com/4EEQ2aPqoh— Jordan Villarreal