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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things I like:
- Irish accents
- Craft beer
- Immature pranks
Things I dislike:
- Phone conversations
- The NBA
- Early mornings
- Temperatures above 70°F