Professional Summary

Worked extensively on cooperative, process-oriented team structured projects. Skilled in prioritizing work and balancing multiple tasks and responsibilities. Experienced with web development and professional graphics tools with an aptitude for analysis and quick learning. Excellent writing, proofreading, and editing abilities with highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Work Experience

Freelancer

January 2014 - Present

Web Designer & Prototyper

I have been working on a number of site design and development projects focusing on:

  • Site performance optimization via client-side and server-side compression methods using code minification, Gzip, and Apache mod-deflate
  • Designing SVG image sets to replace existing raster images to reduce file sizes and improve download performance for both mobile and desktop devices
  • Building page sets employing responsive design best practices so pages render equally well on cross-platform high-density mobile displays, retina screens, in addition to conventional desktop displays
  • Using the latest plug-ins for the Node-based task runners Grunt.js and Gulp.js to automate workflow, pre and post-process CSS, and concatenate JavaScript to save time on builds, testing, and deployment

Financial Engines

March 2013 - January 2014

Front-end Prototyper (Contractor)

Developed high-fidelity prototypes for browser-based retirement planning software with HTML, CSS3, and PHP, in addition to:

  • Evaluating design and prototyping software, user testing tools, and research services
  • Overseeing the development and administration of an internal web server for prototyping projects
  • Recording remote and local product testing sessions and using web-conferencing software
  • Designing and conducting instructional classes for Balsamiq wireframing software
  • Creating a series of video tutorials for remote instruction of Balsamiq

Cisco WebEx

August 2011 - October 2012

Prototyper and Visual Designer (Contractor)

Designed product components and page layouts for WebEx products using Adobe Fireworks and hand-coded high-fidelity prototypes for web-based applications.

Responsibilities:

  • Constructed low, medium, and high fidelity click-through prototypes to test the feasibility of product designs
  • Worked closely with cross-functional user experience, visual design, and engineering teams to monitor progress during the development process and assist with bug fixes
  • Built and maintained common component libraries with design guidelines and specifications for typography, form, navigation, icon, modal, list, messaging, and window elements
  • Created product page layouts, components, and widgets adhering to grid-based specifications
  • Designed custom toolbar sets and icons, interactive tools, and pixel-perfect specifications for product features
  • Led process improvement initiatives to consolidate team resources and eliminate duplication of effort

Perforce Software

March 2011 - July 2011

Web Gatekeeper (Contractor)

Worked as a web gatekeeper for Perforce Software by updating, proofreading, and validating all pages published online. Responsibilities include editing and rewriting marketing content, optimizing images, enforcing web standards, building new content for the company intranet, migrating existing content over to the Drupal CMS, and performing QA duties.

Photographer

February 2009 - Present

I have shot portraits, weddings, social events, and home restoration for clients and have provided post production support and enhancement including photo retouching, color enhancement and lighting correction. Additionally, I create screencasts with photography tips and post them on YouTube:

Adobe Systems

March 2006 - June 2007, March 2008 - February 2009

Web Production Artist

Worked as a production artist on the Adobe.com Web site building product sections utilizing validated Web standards, semantic markup and Dreamweaver templates laid out with CSS. Responsibilities also included optimizing graphics, SWF deconcept implementation, and localization preparation.

Responsibilities:

  • Constructed low, medium, and high fidelity click-through prototypes to test the feasibility of product designs
  • Worked closely with cross-functional user experience, visual design, and engineering teams to monitor progress during the development process and assist with bug fixes
  • Built and maintained common component libraries with design guidelines and specifications for typography, form, navigation, icon, modal, list, messaging, and window elements
  • Created product page layouts, components, and widgets adhering to grid-based specifications
  • Designed custom toolbar sets and icons, interactive tools, and pixel-perfect specifications for product features
  • Led process improvement initiatives to consolidate team resources and eliminate duplication of effort

Coakley Heagerty (Now HyperRelevance)

June 2007 - February 2008

Web and HTML Email Developer (Contractor)

Built web sites and HTML emails at this boutique-advertising agency. Responsibilities included building, distributing, and tracking commercial HTML email messages for marketing campaigns, building and updating client web sites using HTML and CSS, and using Google Analytics to track monthly traffic statistics.

Applied Biosystems

January 2005 - June 2005

Emarketing Coordinator (Contractor)

Coordinated the creation and delivery of online marketing and product collateral, including banner ads, HTML email templates and Flash demos while serving as a liaison between the design teams, vendors and internal business owners. Assembled a library of technical specifications for web media with their related costs to help program managers choose the most effective e-campaigns for product launches. Worked closely with 3rd party vendors to negotiate online advertising packages to keep product launches on or under budget.

Software Skills

Adobe Dreamweaver Adobe Fireworks Adobe Illustrator Adobe Muse Adobe Photoshop Affinity Designer Affinity Photo Balsamiq Mockups Bootstrap 3 & 4 Bower Brackets
Coda 2.5 CodeKit cPanel CSS3 Emmet Grunt.js Gulp.js HTML5 Mac OS Microsoft Excel Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Visio Microsoft Word Node Package Manager Sass Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Terminal for Mac OS Tower 2 for Git Windows OS WordPress Yeoman Zurb Foundation

Education

Marietta College

Marietta, OH

Bachelor of Arts, History