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, PHP-based CMS’s — as well as modern(ist) design principles — but don’t write plugins or platforms from scratch.
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 began picking up major popularity, so I was able to hop right into the most current trends and not unlearn a ton of deprecated stuff.
So far, I’m completely versed in the latest HTML & CSS specs, as well as browser compatibility [meaning, making things appear correctly on IE-anything]. I write all my styles in LESS, because it’s shockingly more efficient.
I’m always learning more jQuery. I’m proficient enough to make plugins work, and write moderate functions from scratch — yet it seems like the more I pick up, the more there is to learn.
I’m also learning PHP, Ajax, and project building tools using command line, like Bower and NPM.
I work mostly with the Adobe Creative Suite, so add Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and a little After Effects into there as well.
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 would probably just be easier as a list.