About Myself

Hello, I’m a full-time designer focused on web design and development, and based out of Grand Rapids, MI. I tend to refer to myself as a Front-end Designer, as I am fully versed in the front-end languages HTML, CSS, jQuery, and some PHP — as well as modern(ist) design principles — but don’t write plugins or platforms from scratch.

If you need me to go into more detail than that, I’ve provided links below to learn more about what I can do for you.

Education

I graduated with a four-year BFA degree in Graphic Communications from Northern Michigan University. Most of my classes were based in print, and focused heavily on the principles of modernism and typography. The Art & Design building was even modeled after The Bauhaus, if that tells you anything.

Any classes I had in web design were geared towards ActionScript and Flash, which I had (and continue to have) very little interest in. Most of my knowledge of web-based languages that don’t suck, came from my own interests and pursuits. Fortunately for me, this was right when things like the HTML5/CSS3 specs were coming out and jQuery begain picking up major popularity, so I was able to hop right into the most current trends and not unlearn a ton of deprecated stuff.

Experience

My first post-college job was for a startup website in Grand Rapids, called ToolSelect.com. Although I did do a lot of design work with them, a majority of my job was actually social media marketing. My title may have been Social Media Rockstar … must have been the hair.

My next job was with Univeral Forest Products, a large company also based out of Grand Rapids. Most of what I did there was web design and UI development. All of the sites we launched range from quick, creative landing pages, to very large corporate and e-commerce sites.

I’m currently working for SalesPad, LLC, doing a wide range of web development and graphic design.

Abilities

HTML: I use only the most up-to-date and semantic HTML5 markup. I do provide fallbacks in my stylesheets and scripts if your main clientele is using IE 8 or below, even if it kills a little bit of my soul.

CSS: I work with both of the main preprocessors, Sass and LESS, to streamline my stylesheets and save a ton of time. This provides you with many of the Webkit, Mozilla, etc., prefixes that may be needed to support your site.

jQuery: I prefer to use jQuery over vanilla javascript. I realize it adds loading times, but chances are, you’ve already been to a website using it and it’s cached in your browser without you even knowing, so the loading time is rarely a question. Plus, it speeds up development time, so win-win.

PHP: I’ve developed for both WordPress and ExpressionEngine (huge preference for WP, which this site is), so I know enough PHP to get me in trouble. It’s essential for building a website that’s easily editable, so hey, I learned it.

Design: I’m actually a designer by trade, and just picked up coding for the fun of it. Most of my stuff is modern and minimal, as you can tell by my projects here and on dribbble.

Project Management: Not in the traditional sense, obviously. This just means I build my projects using Git, NPM, and Grunt, so as to speed things up and keep them nicely organized.

& More

I spend most of my non-working time making sarcastic jokes to myself and twitter, and watching hockey. Craft beer and pointless TV shows are also a big chunk of my free time. Actually, this will probably just be easier as a list.

Things I like:
  • Typography
  • Hockey
  • Irish accents
  • Craft beer
  • Immature pranks
  • Winter
Things I dislike:
  • Phone conversations
  • The NBA
  • Spiders
  • Early mornings
  • Temperatures above 70°F

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