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.

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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.

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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. Turns out I’m actually pretty good at Twitter. And yes, my title was Social Media Rockstar. Must have been the hair.

My current job is with Univeral Forest Products, a large company also based out of Grand Rapids. Most of what I do here is web design and UI development, which is usually what I’m doing doing when I get home, so I guess that’s a good thing. All of the sites launched range from quick, creative landing pages to very large corporate and ecommerce-ready sites.

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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.

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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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