I'm a bit of a Jane-of-all-trades.
What good is an application if no one can use it?
I take vague "we want this thing, there" statements and turn them into concrete mockups and designs that satisfy stakeholders and users alike.
- My designs have been used by millions of customers (I'm still amazed!).
- My favorite UX book is "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug.
- My UX tools of choice are: white boards, graph paper, Balsamiq, Invision, and HTML / CSS.
HTML / CSS
Boy do I love to code. I love 4 space indentations, using tags semantically, and not over-nesting my SCSS / LESS. I also have a newfound love for BEM.
Responsive design is my world. I cry on the inside when I see a site that isn't responsive, and fight for those mobile users when a stakeholder says they want to limit access.
I'm continually trying to improve the accessibility and performance of my sites as well.
JS / [ insert framework here ]
- After using jQuery for a while, I took a JS course with The Iron Yard to get further into building apps.
- I created an exercise competition app using React and Backbone.
- I built a demo app in Angular showing real-time incoming messages (using the MQTT protocol) from lighting fixtures.
- And I take every JS opportunity I get because I'm dying to learn more.
Speaking and Teaching
I've taught at two schools: The Iron Yard and Pinellas Technical College. I find teaching one of the most pleasurable ways for me to give back to my community and share my knowledge.
I also drop knowledge at conferences and meetups sometimes.
- Avoiding "How Do I Do That Again?": Making WordPress Easy for Your Clients - WordCamp Tampa 2015
- UI Transitions: The Good, the Bad, and the Coded - Central Florida Web Developers Meetup, March 2014
Other Tools and Tech
- Jekyll, WordPress, WebStorm, Sublime Text, Gulp, Grunt, GitHub, Photoshop, Illustrator, BitBucket, Visual Studio, TFS, Invision, Balsamiq, Sketch