Upstatement is a design and engineering studio that works with clients on everything from research and strategy, to branding, to complete transformations of their online presence.
I joined Traackr as the first specifically Front-End developer on a small team, tasked with being a bridge between Development and Design, and introducing more modern technologies to our Influencer Marketing Management platform.
Vecna brought me on to help with building out their patient platform, used by numerous hospitals to improve a patient’s experience with preparing for appointments and procedures, as well as managing their finances.
I was the first front-end developer to be hired by Society of Grownups three months before the opening of our first location. With a combination of digital tools and both physical and online classes to educate, Society of Grownups seeks to empower people to take control of their finances.
At Vista Higher Learning, I was one of two developers tasked with overseeing the UX for our web application - an online language learning tool, serving several thousand requests per minute. While we both worked in the Boston office, I was the primary UX developer for a satellite team of 8 developers in Medellin, Colombia. I reported directly the Director of Engineering.
HomSurfin is a new startup currently in the Beta accelerator program. I am the only contractor on the project and am working closely with the founder to help build out the company. My responsibilities include:
I founded Neon Remedy Studios for the ongoing publication of an officially licensed digital graphic novel that I’m co-writing, called Half-Life: A Place in the West, which is the first stand-alone comic released via the Steam media distribution platform. Currently we have 8 chapters released, with more being developed.
The years that I freelanced and contracted taught me a lot about working with other people, discerning their wants and needs, and working with second-hand code. During this time I did a lot of design integration for content management systems such as Drupal and Wordpress, and forum software such as vBulletin, PHPBB, and XenForo. I worked onsite or remotely, alone or with small groups, depending on what the client had available and what was required.
Essentially a “crash course” in user experience, this class covered many of the basics including writing specifications and the importance of having user stories drive your feature requirements. A large focus was also on wireframing and prototyping - creating effective mockups quickly, as well as the nature of iterative design.
I attended a wide variety of courses with a focus on English and Social Sciences. Courses included Criminal Law, Sociology, Popular Culture & Society, Environmental Science, Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Business Management, and English 2 Honors and World Literature. I was entered into the Dean's List for Excellence for 3 out of 5 semesters, graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 / 4.