Profile

Web, usability, and graphic designer experienced in designing Internet and intranet websites. Broad knowledge base in science, medicine, technology, and education. Strengths include design, writing, and analysis.

Skills

Computer Skills:

Languages:

  • HTML5 / HTML / XHTML / Haml
  • CSS / LESS / Sass
  • PHP / JavaScript / jQuery / jQuery-UI

Design:

  • Graphic Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Information Architecture

Systems/OS:

  • Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
  • UNIX/Linux
  • Macintosh

Software Knowledge:

Web Software:

  • Dreamweaver / Sublime Text
  • Drupal / Joomla / WordPress
  • GGTS

Graphics Software:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign

Other Software:

  • Visio
  • Acrobat
  • Microsoft Office

Professional History

TekSystems – Austin, TX

Contract: 07/2013-11/2014

Senior Front End UI Developer

Developed front-end code for HP Business to Business site, "Elite." Converted Photoshop comps into HTML and CSS. Worked with Business team to determine requirements and set expectations within an Agile framework. Collaborated with other developers to manage both responsive design and progressive enhancement of site.

  • Assumed responsibility for managing translation files for eleven languages and dialects.
  • Won two out of three "Close the Bug" contests. Closed 50% more defects than any other developer.
  • Promoted coding standards through development of CSS and translation-key training and a style guide.

TekSystems – Austin, TX

Contract: 01/2012-05/2013

Senior Integrator

Integrated and optimized design and code into client sites for Dell incubator, Marketvine. Converted Photoshop comps into HTML and CSS. Created wireframes, paper prototypes, mockups, and custom templates. User-tested paper and on-screen prototypes.

  • Worked with team to reduce new client implementation time by over 80% by refactoring CSS and templates.
  • Created icons for custom font to generate resolution-independent vector images.
  • Created clickable mockup using jQuery-UI for Marketing Team allowing demoing of new product, "Capture."

Randstad – New Braunfels, TX

Contract: 11/2010-12/2011

eCommerce Web Developer II

Prototyped and managed user-experience for iPrint division of Harland-Clarke. Generated user-stories and use cases, created wireframes and comps.

  • Used jQuery to create dynamic HTML mockups of new application interfacing with Office Depot site.
  • Updated sites to allow for progressive enhancement.
  • Worked with developers to improve quality and web compliance of JSP code.

Consulting Projects: Web Designer - Austin, TX

1997-Present

Wide range of freelance web and graphic design projects. Designed and redesigned websites for: ease of use, improved accessibility, and standards-compliance. Optimized text for search engines (SEO). Converted sites to Joomla CMS. Added video in Windows Media, QuickTime, and iPod formats. Created marketing collateral. Designed logos and tee shirts. Proactively educated clients where appropriate. Wrote and edited copy.

  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - Contract: 03/2010-07/2010
    Redesigned and restructured T.H.E.C.B.'s Higher Education Data website to refocus on needs of data consumers. Analyzed site statistics, focus group discussions, and surveys to determine actual usage patterns of website. Improved ADA and Section 508 accessibility and compliance. »
  • League of Women Voters of Texas - 03/2008-03/2010
    Redesigned and restructured the LWV-TX website. Reduced download time of homepage over 75%. Hardened code base and standardized site architecture. Improved ADA accessibility and compliance. »
  • Texas Education Agency: "LONESTAR" - Contract: 02/2008-07/2008
    Responsible for Web & User Interface Development of new education website created to provide overview-level information to legislators and parents. Interacted with focus groups, generated mock data, created rules, and designed data structures to facilitate understanding of complex information by the general public. »
  • Texas Education Agency: "TPEIR" - Contract: 08/2007
    Complete visual redesign and user interface redesign for Texas PK-16 Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR) website. Reorganized site structure to focus on end-user tasks. Design "enthusiastically approved" by Governor's Office. »
  • League of Women Voters - Austin Area:
    Redesigned website to improve consistency with national site. »
  • Angelo State University:
    Worked to transition website from Texas State to Texas Tech system. Monitored Section 508 Accessibility compliance. Created interactive CSS-based map of the campus. »
  • Pet Savers Shreveport:
    Designed PHP/MySQL-driven site for animal rescue agency that allows employees to perform updates. Trained users in making updates. »
  • NiceGuys.Org and NiceGirls.Org:
    Responsible for virtually all content and design of dating sites for "Nice Guys" and "Nice Girls." Subject of an interview on a nationally syndicated radio program. »
  • 1202CastleHill.com:
    Designed site which sold a million-dollar home while maintaining realtor's brand.
  • Austin Slam Baseball:
    Designed and maintained primary information source for parents and players. »
  • Various Dance Organizations:
    Developed PHP/MySQL registration system for events. Multiple designs and redesigns. Added forums, user-modifiable calendar, custom editable pages, and other tools ("Portland Fusion Exchange," "Austin Uptown Dance," and "Austin Swing Syndicate" among many others).

Career Consultants - Austin, TX

Contractor: March 2007-May 2007

Web Developer

Created PHP web forms for email and MySQL database updates. Created marketing collateral using InDesign.

  • Enhanced security by assigning separate logins/passwords to all social workers and regional officers.
  • Managed intranet and two external Drupal-based sites as well as over a dozen custom PHP/MySQL-based apps without existing documentation.
  • Coordinated installation of Family Builder software and integration into existing systems.

Handcrafted Metal - Austin, TX

2005-2007

Webmaster / Web Designer

Worked with graphic designer and outside developer to convert current site into database-driven site. Managed, maintained, and updated website.

  • Worked with ASP developer to integrate sales front-end with Costco.com.
  • Integrated 3D-Publisher into new website allowing customers to view 3-D models of products.
  • Modified eBay template to display products in format of current website.

Fairbanks Capital Corp - Austin, TX

2001-2002

Senior Web Designer

Designed, managed, and maintained two websites: intranet site "Notes & Deeds" and internet site OlympusServicing.com, as well as other internal web applications and company newsletter for $10 billion company. Branded all Olympus Servicing media. Active member of Employee Activities Committee.

  • Eliminated over 90% of company-wide email, saving estimated five thousand man-hours annually through implementation of new intranet site.
  • Preserved company reputation by conceiving "Olympus Servicing" name.
  • Reduced hold time and call volume over 30% and saved over $1,200,000 annually by designing Borrower Web Interface allowing borrowers to access and pay their loans on-line.
  • Improved communication and reduced duplication of effort by centralizing control of forms and company information with intranet.
  • Trained apprentice in use of Homesite, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other applications.

Caresoft - Sunnyvale, CA

1999-2000

Senior Web Designer/Developer

Designed mockups and prototypes for major health website. Created and implemented HTML newsletter. Set coding standards and monitored compliance. Trained team members in use of graphics programs and web formats. Created new graphics and worked closely with graphic designers, editors, and other team-members.

  • Reduced page download time over 20% by enforcing standards and removing extraneous code.
  • Created prototypes from graphic designers' Photoshop mockups.
  • Provided DOM compliance by sectioning code for conversion into JHTML to dynamically generate pages using ATG Dynamo server.
  • Enhanced document usage by copy-editing pages for consistency and use of American-standard English.

Sun Microsystems - Cupertino, CA

1998-1999

Web Developer/Contractor

Performed front-end development of Java Developer Connection site. Formatted articles, tutorials, and other content by hand. Created templates for common documents. Advised editorial team on front-end web-related issues. Performed first-level edits to transcripts and externally generated materials.

  • Increased ease-of-use of Java Developer Connection website by simplifying and reorganizing directory structure.
  • Improved corporate image by eliminating broken links through implementation of scheduled link-checking.
  • Co-authored style guide defining standards for both HTML and web page layout.

Adobe Systems - San Jose, CA

1996-1998

Software QA Engineer/Contractor

Conducted quality assurance on Adobe PageMill 3.0 for Macintosh (English/French/German versions) and black box testing on Adobe Illustrator 7.0. Performed planned and ad-hoc testing with Windows 95. Created needed test-files on own initiative.

  • Enhanced program's compliance with W3C's HTML 3.2 standard by partnering with developers.
  • Initiated and delivered localized spell-check icons.
  • Stimulated creative thinking of Illustrator as web design product by coordinating brainstorming meeting with developers and marketing personnel.
  • Created design for prototype web-functions palette.

Orcon Corporation - Union City, CA

1997

Web Designer/Contractor

Redesigned corporate website for carpet installation equipment company

  • Built modern browser-generalized website used for over eight years with only minimal updates.
  • Improved navigation by reorganizing hierarchical structure of site.
  • Due to quality of work was requested by name for subsequent projects and later hired as de facto Webmaster through Zwolf.

GTE Directories - Long Beach, CA

1995-1996

Graphic Artist/Contractor

Designed and generated advertisement graphics for yellow page directories using MultiAd Creator, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Streamline on Macintosh.

Education

University of California - Santa Barbara, CA

Coursework in Digital Media

University of California - Riverside, CA

Bachelor of Science, Economics;
Emphases in Physics and Performing Arts

Other

President: Blues Association of Austin

2009-2010

Vice President: Blues Association of Austin

2007-2009

Board of Directors: Blues Association of Austin

2006-2007

Technology Officer: Austin Swing Syndicate

2003-2009

Vice President: Austin Swing Syndicate

2005-2006

Board of Directors: Austin Swing Syndicate

2003-2005