I have been working as a freelance designer since 2001, and for other companies as a web designer/developer since 2003. I'm constantly refining and expanding my knowledge of underlying web technologies, as they are constantly changing and the user experience is based on solid functionality now more than ever.
I have worked on sites as small as 3 pages and as large as global brands like Sherwin-Williams. I truly enjoy the educational sector, project management, and moving quickly from one project to the next.
Moving forward, I'm getting into application design and project management. The best websites - especially those optimized for mobile devices - function like apps anyway. Managing the process behind creating transformative experiences is where my main interest lies.
Front-End Web Developer
February 2013 to Present
Develop and maintain the global portfolio of Sherwin-Williams brands' websites. Maintain local development environments to mirror those employed on company servers utilizing Eclipse and Java. Document new processes for publication on the internal wiki page. Contribute to special projects as needed.
Adjunct Faculty Instructor
January 2012 to Present
Design and teach curriculum to undergraduate students in the Visual Communications Department of Cuyahoga Community College. Draft syllabi, assignments, and tests. Review the work of students and assist in achievement of learning objectives on an individual basis as needed. Classes taught include Digital Studio Basics, Data-Driven Websites, Animation for the Web, and Brand Identity.
Web Designer / Developer
April 2010 to Present
Freelance web developer consulting with various individuals and companies to create or improve their web presence for greater impact as a marketing tool. Custom HTML5/CSS3 site design and development using relevant technologies including PHP, MySQL, LAMP and more.
February 2012 to January 2013
Design and develop all manner of digital marketing materials for Cleveland State University and its partners, including websites, landing pages, banner ads, digital signage, and mobile apps. Emphasis on web design and responsive design techniques utilizing HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. Compile data on website performance and report to VP Marketing, offering suggestions on improvements to meet performance goals. Assist Information Services Department as needed on special projects, such as the conversion of the university's main website from static HTML to Drupal CMS. Design print projects as needed, including magazines, fliers, postcards, posters, and signage.
Web Developer / Instructional Designer
October 2010 to October 2011
May 2008 to March 2010
Hired for maintenance and expansion of PostcardMania's folio of sites and composition and distribution of weekly newsletter (60k+ distribution). Later promoted to manage development and delivery of our clients' sites. This involved all aspects of website sales, design, and development; trained sales staff in various aspects related to web technologies, project scoping, pricing, and more; guided design and development of sites; client-facing and composition of project documents (audience analysis, needs assessment, project scope, budget, and production calendar).
BFA in Web Design & Interactive Media
January 2009 to January 2011
AFA in Web Design & Interactive Media
January 2007 to January 2009
AAB in Interactive Media
January 2005 to January 2007
Tri-C Private Screening: Best Layout & Design
In a juried art show held annually at Cuyahoga Community College, my album art layout for "The EP" - released by a local band, Gatlin - won top honors in the Layout & Design category.
Employee of the Month - PostcardMania
In a company of 160 employees, many tenured since the company's inception 10 years prior and with multiple Employee of the Month honors to their names, I was selected as Employee of the Month in my sixth month with the company.
Art & Design
November 2011 to Present
The Art & Design LinkedIn Group has been created as an avenue for individuals that have earned a BFA, BA, BS or Masters in a design related major or specialty, to share ideas and create opportunities through networking.
November 2011 to Present
TED is an annual event where the world's top minds share, connect and inspire. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three subjects that, collectively, shape our future. The event draws CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists and extraordinary speakers including Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Sir Richard Branson, and Bono.
October 2015 to Present
UXPA Cleveland is the Cleveland chapter of the international User Experience Professionals Association, designed to educate, motivate and promote usability throughout Northeast Ohio.
Interests: web design, interactive media, music, animation, packaging design,