Resumé

Summary

I’m a self-taught developer with over 14 years experience. I’ve been obsessed with the web since I got my first computer in middle school and am lucky to have built my skills enough to build a career from it. I have a strong focus on concept and techniques to achieve effective results and am interested in other talented individuals with strong motivation to create, share & grow.

I care about details, consistency, and following best practices. I like my work to be of higher quality than expected and my delivery to be ahead of deadline. I believe development standards exist for a reason and recognize the importance of staying updated on emerging trends and technologies. I code by hand, feel happy in a team environment, and prefer to stay busy.

  • Languages: CSS/CSS3, HTML/HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, XML, JSON, MySQL
  • Libraries/Frameworks: Bootstrap, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, WordPress, ZEND, Drupal, SharePoint, Social Engine, Foundation by Zurb
  • Activities: Card Sorting, User Testing, User Experience Research, Technical Skill Assessments & Development, Analytics, Requirements Gathering, Vendor Selection, Concept Design
  • Digital Artifacts: Wireframes, Prototypes, Concept Models & Flows, Interaction Flows, Business Cases and Proposals, Project Charters
  • Specialties: Readability, Visual Hierarchy, Whitespace, Validation, Browser Compatibility, Accessibility, Training, Critical Thinking, User Experience Design

Specialties

  • Style Guide Creation
  • Creative Direction
  • Corporate Branding
  • Concept & Strategy
  • User Interface Design
  • Lo/Hi-Fidelity Mockups/Wireframes
  • Image Optimization & Sprites
  • Digital Illustration
  • Information Visualization
  • Photo Manipulation & Restoration
  • Marketing Coordination
  • Typography
  • Hand-coding
  • CSS / CSS3
  • HTML / XHTML / HTML5
  • JavaScript (jQuery + Mobile)
  • PHP, SQL, JSON, XML
  • WordPress, Drupal, Bootstrap
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Mobile & Responsive Design
  • Grid Layouts
  • Version Control
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • W3C Accessibility & Validation
  • Cross-Browser Compatibility
  • Content Optimization & Web Fonts
  • Intranet: SharePoint & Claromentis
  • Information Architecture
  • Content Organization
  • Interaction Design & Flow
  • User Testing & Surveys
  • Research Analysis
  • Cognitive Science
  • Web Usability
  • Event Tracking & Analytics
  • Requirements Gathering
  • Business Cases
  • Project Charters
  • Training & Development
  • Team Leadership
  • Public Speaking & Presentation
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Quality Assurance
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Promotion Planning
  • Mind Mapping

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Experience

Lead User Interface Designer
TEKSystems (@ State Farm)  03/2013 — Present

  • Provide desired Digital experience and insights to influence the overall customer experience.
  • Work with the project UI Teams by providing input and direction to inform the Digital artifacts
  • Involved in requirements explorations which may include ad hoc, high-level sketches that enable the iterative and interactive exploration of business requirements within and between Development Centers.
  • Partner with Customer Experiencing Insights (CEI) team to ensure accuracy of usability test plan content and to ensure plan execution.
  • Attend, contribute, and facilitate in the following artifact review meetings via business case lifecycle: Concept Model and Conceptual Flow, High-level Wireframe Review, and Detailed Wireframe and Interactive Flow Review.
  • Contribute to and review Digital artifacts for quality and adherence to Digital Standards, such as process simplification for responsive web design and mobile first.
  • Consult with Digital Project Lead to ensure quality of deliverables and adherence to Digital standards.
  • Collaborate, as needed, with Business Architects, Digital Architects, Application Architects, Technical Architects, Data Architects, and/or subject matter experts in the development of Digital artifacts.
  • Escalate issues, risks, and challenges to the Digital Project Lead
  • Lead specific training and development efforts related to web development and prototyping

Interactive Web Designer
CEFCU (Citizen’s First Equity Credit Union)  12/2010 — 03/2013

  • Creating, producing, and continuously improving design solutions for corporate web sites including full web site design, graphic content, and other enhancements to achieve business objectives, corporate identity, performance, and Web/Usability standards.
  • Developing & updating design parameters, style guides, formats, and visual standards.
  • Regularly monitoring and evaluating corporate web resources to ensure standards adherence by content authors.
  • Revising standards for emerging online media technologies.
  • Serving as a technical resource on design, usability, and information architecture for all web-related projects.

Interactive Web Design Consultant
LRS Consulting (@ CEFCU) 06/2010 — 12/2010

  • 6 month, contract to hire position
  • Duties as outlined in CEFCU job position above.

Lead Designer
Gish Design (by Kristin Richey) 11/2008 — 06/2010

  • Offered one on one custom designs to achieve affective results.
  • Directly facilitated and oversaw  all creative projects and production at Gish Design.
  • Worked closely with each client at every stage of the project life cycle to ensure quality results were delivered on time and within budget.
  • Services included Web Design, Print Design, Graphic Design, Branding & Identity, Marketing & Promotion.

Web Designer & Marketing Coordinator
Hunter Automated Machinery Corp. 01/2008 — 01/2009

  • Management of advertising budget including ad placement, size and publications.
  • Sole creation of advertising concepts and ideas including design, preparation and submission to publications.
  • Product photography using green screen technology.
  • Creation of electronic product manuals.
  • Creation or company brochures, handouts and internal branding elements.
  • Creation & maintenance of company website using Dreamweaver, MySQL, Ajax, CSS, and XHTML.
  • Planning, direction, and editing of promotional videos, including on-site direction in various foundries, editing in Adobe Premiere and AfterEffects, and Encore CS3.

Web Designer
Certified OnSite 01/2007 — 01/2008

  • Sole Web Designer focused primarily on visual design
  • Worked one on one with Front-End Developers and Programmers to meet client needs.

Extended History
Various Employers Pre 2007

  • Law Office of Brigid Duffield
  • SeeFour Design Store
  • FCA (Floor Covering Associates, Inc.)
  • Heinrich & Kramer, P.C.
  • Flolo Corporation

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