My parents took away my allowance when I turned 13. I knew the only way to keep up my crippling baseball card habit was to get a job. From then on I have been working to keep moving my career forward. I taught myself to code and began working for a startup, and I have been pushing myself in new ways ever since.» Check out a project where I took initiative.
I came home from camp one year to find that my goldfish was a sligtly lighter tint of orange. I realized that my fish must have died, and my parents didn't think I would notice an imposter. This gave me a deep seated fear of being tricked and an obsessive attention to detail that I channel into development.» Check out a highly detailed project.
Two weeks after my parents bought the family's first computer I had it taken apart in my room to figure out what made it tick. In spite of my parents panic I managed to get all the pieces back together and working like new. I am always looking for new code and tech to pull apart and put back together.» Check out some of the tech I am excited about.
While other kids my age were watching tv or playing video games I always had my head in a book. Before I found my passion in development I entered college for creative writing. This creative spark has given me a different way of looking at issues and leads me to creative solutions to complex problems.» Check out a time I had to be creative.
Espresso, toothpaste, and bug fixes are some of the things I see everyday. Working in a complex platform like IBM Websphere has presented me with a lot of difficult issues to solve, but I am always up to a challenge. Each new bug becomes just an exciting puzzle for me to dive into.» Check out some of the bugs I have squashed.
Did you know that nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. This and so many other fascinating things can be casually thrown into conversation for your benefit when I am around. I love learning new facts and skills. Whether it is a new js library or a new program I am always excited to learn.» Check out a time I learned something new.
In college when I had nothing but cafeteria food for 8 solid months I thought I might die. So I ditched my meal plan and started learning how to cook. Now I make dinner for my wife most nights, and aside from the great fire of 2012 it has been pretty great.» Learn more about who I am.
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I am a front end web developer, and as a result I am responsible for a lot of first impressions. The front end of a website is like the cover of a book. You shouldn't judge a book by the cover, but an ugly cover can turn a lot of people away. It is my goal to give every user an amazing first impression. In my freelance projects I try to stress the importance of effective white space and clean intuitive navigation. In my work on larger ecommerce sites I have worked to express the importance of mobile and tablet with a focus on making sure the companies messaging reaches the user in the most effetive manner. I love improving websites and I would like to help you.
I currently work at Bayshore Solutions. Bayshore is committed to making high quality user experiences for our clients. We use primarily the NopCommerce and Sitefinity platforms to create beautiful and highly functioning websites. When I came to Bayshore over a year ago I was the first front-end developer in the Denver office. I quickly began using my design and development experience to create design comps that I would implement in the client's chosen platform. My favorite part about Bayshore is that I am involved in just about every step of a client's website. Bayshore has provided me with great experience to diversify my abilities and become a more well rounded developer.
I knew I wanted to be a web developer when I took my first UI design class. I had never considered all of the work, thought, and science that goes into making a website easy to use. I was fascinated by the design principals at work in digital spaces that allow all users, regardless of experience level, to have a positive experience on a website. I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to make the internet great for everyone, and make a positive impact in this amazing ever-changing environment. I get a lot of fulfillment out of my work. Visiting a website that I have made from the ground up gives me a great deal of pride.
In my freetime I enjoy biking, snowboarding, hiking, and long romantic walks on the beach. I am a Michigan native who loves the Tigers, the Redwings, and sometimes the Lions. I am an aspiring film buff who can appreciate the finer points of documentary or discuss how awesome the newest Avengers movie was. I recently have become a wannabe wine connoisseur who follows my wife to the upstate wineries and pretends to notice the earthy undertones in this seasons reds. I think more than anything I am a life long nerd who loves to develop and has strong opinions about the future of Marvel comics. I would love to talk to you so we can get more aquainted.
I am currently employed as a UI/UX Developer at Bayshore Solutions. Bayshore is an end to end agency that provides design, development, and marketing expertise to our many clients. We use primarily the NopCommerce and Sitefinity platforms to create beautiful and highly functioning websites. When I came to Bayshore over a year ago I was the first front-end developer in the Denver office. I quickly began using my design and development experience to create design comps that I would implement in the client's chosen platform. My favorite part about Bayshore is that I am involved in just about every step of a client's website. Bayshore has provided me with great experience to diversify my abilities and become a more well rounded developer.
One of my first projects when I joined Bayshore Solutions was Ocean Casino Jobs. OCJ is a talent recruitment website for the Carvnival Cruise Line. I was responsible for creating the design and implementing that design into Sitefinity. Ocean Casino Jobs was a fun project because I was able to work at every phase of the project. I worked in the roadmapping session where we worked to define requirements. I assisted in the design phase and worked to iterate comps for client approval. I made the initial prototyoe site and then integrated it into the Sitefinity platform. The site has been updated as part of the maintenance process since I worked on it, but most of my original work is still present. Check it out at oceancasinojobs.com.
I worked as the primary front end developer for Moosejaw Mountaineering. If you are unfamilliar with the company, Moosejaw is a large outdoor retailer headquartered in Metro Detroit, MI. They sell the best products for outdoor hiking, biking, camping, climbing and more. Here’s some of the brands you may know: The North Face, Patagonia, Arc'Teryx, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Black Diamond, Napapijri, Suunto.
Maintaining the front end of the site is very important because it’s everything the user sees.
I worked hard to ensure that all users have an amazing experience. I had a close relationship with marketing and business users and was constanly suggesting and implementing UI and style improvements. Just about every page you could land on at Moosejaw.com I have touched, and I am proud of what we have accomplished.
In June 2015 after 8 months of work the Moosejaw team launched a completely new build of Moosejaw.com. We rewrote the code base of the existing site to migrate from IBM Websphere version 6 to version 7. We also took this opportunity to completely redesign the site. This was a massive amount of work and I acted as the primary front end developer. I offered technical advice to business and marketing users about UI trends and best practices. I implemented designs built by our creative team and I worked to manage front end assets from a 3rd party company that offered support to our internal team. I am really proud of the product we created, and you should check it out at Moosejaw.com.
At Moosejaw one of our fastest growing demographics is mobile and tablet users. As part of our migration we wanted to ensure that the mobile and tablet breakpoints of our responsive site were as quick and as effective as possible. I was responsible for putting together a mobile site speed audit and suggesting technical improvements that could enhance the speed and usability. I managed to shave 30% off load times through technical improvements, and I also oversaw the UI implementation of the mobile and tablet breakpoint redesign. Now that more and more internet traffic is moving to mobile devices this was invaluable experience that I am able to draw from. To see some of my work please visit Moosejaw.com on your mobile or tablet device, or since it's responsive just adjust your browser window.
As part of the site redesign a lot of scrutiny was given to the product pages. It is one of the most important pages on the website because it is our opportunity to convince the user why they should buy this product. It can also be a very precarious page because it is where a lot of information needs to be conveyed to users. I worked closely with marketing and business user to boil down the most important pieces of the page and the most relevant information to the users. I then attempted to display all of this information in a usable and easy to navigate format. I was responsible for the entire product page and I am very pleased with the results. Check out the product page for the Arc'teryx Atom Lt, which is one of my favorite jackets.
PrezentMe was a video resume site where I got my start as a web developer. I was originally contracted to build the site from the ground up. PrezentMe was so satisfied with the work I had done that they brought on as lead front end developer. This taught me a lot about time management because I was still a senior in college and working 40 hours a week. As the site started to grow, I acted as technical lead and worked as a project manager overseeing backend improvements through a 3rd party company. In addition, I made design decisions and worked closely with clients to create customized portals.
Unfortunately, due to funding issues PrezentMe is no longer available to view, but I gained a lot of valuable expereince from my time there. I really enjoyed working in the vibrant Michigan startup economy, and I hope to one day start my own business.
PrezentMe was a video resume site that worked by allowing users to answer specific targeted questions with videos. It partnered with companies to create custom portals that allowed them to solicit questions and filter responses. Working at a startup was a really cool way to begin my web development career because it offered me a taste of everything. I worked as a front end, a designer, a project manager, a backend, and a client liason. Unfortunately due to funding issues PrezentMe was dissolved, and the website is no longer available to view. I included below a early version of the site. I am happy to answer any questions about my time there. Send me a message in the contact section.