Who I am

It all started with a Commodore 64 on which I would play Maniac Mansion, Bop’N Wrestle, and some Captain America game I can’t remember the name of and that I’m sure has been built up to a much more grandiose thing in my head than it actually was in reality.

From those humble beginnings a hermit was born.

When we got our first Windows desktop, the world was at my fingertips. I began learning about and building websites when I was 13 and I haven’t stopped since. The days of editing solely in Notepad and using groundbreaking technology like tables and flame GIFs may be behind me, but only to focus on new projects based in WordPress. And, really, there’s always room for a good old fashioned flame GIF or barbed wire horizontal rule so let’s not totally discount those valuable pieces of art.

I remained a mostly indoor-kid through middle- and high-school venturing outside long enough to start a backyard wrestling league with some friends, walk to the 7-11 around the corner at 2am for cappuccinos and beef jerky, and mow the lawn when forced to do so. The next logical step was college because… I guess that’s what we do? I applied to one school because some friends of mine were already attending it and I was accepted.

After spending four years to acquire an Audio/Radio Production degree, it was time to forget everything I learned in college and take on graphic design as a profession. I started out as a print designer for print and publishing shops while taking web design jobs on the side. This passion continued to blossom into a career based solely on web design with print work taking its place on the side. I discovered WordPress in 2010 and never looked back; since then I’ve focused solely on WordPress development with some print work thrown in once or twice a year when the opportunity arises.

When I’m not working on webs or prints, I’m watching way more professional wrestling than is probably healthy, eating too much pizza, or drinking too much coffee. I’m less of a hermit now, venturing outside to enjoy nature, beaches, mini golf, and long rides to buy delicious donuts. It’s a life of excess to which I can give thanks to my step father for introducing computers and all things nerd-related to me. Take that, rock and roll.

What I've done

A Way To Garden

Campbell’s

Green Wedding Shoes

Meltwater

Microsoft Bing Blogs

Microsoft Corporate Blogs

Microsoft Office Blogs

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Pigtronix

Runner Up Records

Teaspoon Communications

Technically

Uwishunu

Where I've been

Skills

CSS3

Git

HTML5

jQuery

MySQL

PHP

Sass

WordPress

Achievements

Radio Broadcasting Certification

SUNY Plattsburgh
December 2006

Rookie Member of the Year

National Broadcasting Society
November 2006

Best Comedy Audio Segment

National Broadcasting Society
November 2006

Best Original Drama Script

National Broadcasting Society
November 2006

First Place, Adobe Flash Animation

Studica
June 2007

Third Place, PSA Production

Center for International Disaster Information
June 2006

What I Use

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Basecamp
  • Beanstalk
  • Evernote
  • Forecast
  • Git
  • Github
  • GitKraken
  • Harvest
  • HipChat
  • InVision
  • Sketch
  • Slack
  • SourceTree
  • Sublime Text

Job History & Experience

Front-End Lead Developer, WebDevStudios

August 2011 - Current
  • Lead a team of up to five Front-End Developers per project
  • Performed code reviews to ensure CSS, Sass, HTML, PHP, and jQuery standards were met
  • Developed custom WordPress themes and plugins utilizing CSS, Sass, HTML, PHP, and jQuery
  • Worked with a team of Front-End Lead Developers to create company-wide standards for workflow and code quailty
  • Converted mockups from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Sketch to full-fledged WordPress themes

Independent Design Consultant, Microseeds

  • Developed custom WordPress themes and plugins utilizing CSS, Sass, HTML, PHP, and jQuery
  • Converted mockups from Adobe Photoshop and client sketches to full-fledged WordPress themes

Independent Design Consultant, Eight By Eight Design

  • Designed banner advertisements for use in email and web-based advertising campaigns
  • Created optimized versions of advertisements for use on the web

Graphic Designer, Studley Printing

February 2010 - October 2010
  • Designed various print pieces including but not limited to print advertisements, newsletters, stationery, flyers, business cards, and general business needs
  • Designed and produced weekly magazines and publications on tight deadlines working with sales personnel and advertisers
  • Worked in a team with one other Designer to develop and design publications and print materials
  • Communicated daily with clients to develop and design publications and print materials
  • Developed new web entities for publications produced by Studley Printing

Graphic Designer, Adirondack Pennysaver

October 2007 - January 2010
  • Designed various print pieces including but not limited to print advertisements, newsletters, stationery, flyers, business cards, and general business needs
  • Designed and produced weekly magazines and publications on tight deadlines working with sales personnel and advertisers
  • Worked in a team with two other Designers to develop and design publications and print materials
  • Communicated daily with clients to develop and design publications and print materials
  • Performed customer service duties including but not limited to answering incoming phone calls, working the customer-facing front counter, and meeting with customers and clients to develop advertisements and print material

Education

Fall 2002 - 2006, SUNY Plattsburgh

Audio-Radio/Digital Media (BA)

What I write

The Intermittent Book Review: “Inclusive Design Patterns” by Heydon Pickering

Today, I’m going to step out of the arena of providing updates on our home in Austin, Texas and instead begin what I hope will be a continuing journey. What I would like to do here is to gradually review a book, chapter by chapter, via blog posts. For me, the reasons are two-fold – one, I get to share the knowledge I’m learning with others who may also be interested in the same topic. Secondly, and more selfishly, it is a way to help myself remember what I’ve read and trigger my brain to hold that information a bit more tightly. For the past several weeks I’ve been reading “Inclusive Design Patterns” by Heydon Pickering which you can check out here. It’s a great look into changing the way you think about designing and developing websites to ensure they are accessible to all users while also providing a robust experience to users who may not require the use of any accessibility features. It’s been a great read so far, but I’m finding myself breezing through chapters thinking, “Wow, this makes so much sense! I need to keep this in mind!” before turning the page, diving into another chapter, and repeating… Read more

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