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Freelance Web Developer and Designer

Freelance WordPress Developer / Graphic Designer

Milwaukee, WI

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CODE: Looking for short to mid-term WordPress gigs! I'm great at micro sites, CSS fixes, upgrades, virus / hack removal, and custom themes.  
 
DESIGN: Looking to make art for bands, posters, musicians, albums, books, wedding invites, and more! 
 
WHERE: Anywhere! The Internet knows no borders for speedy and efficient design. 
 
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Professional freelance WordPress consultant, development, design, and CSS expert with over ten years of experience creating websites from concept to launch. All sites hand coded in PHP/CSS. Extensive use and customization of WordPress, including responsive / mobile CSS, plugin modification and scratch-built themes. 
• WordPress design, code, hacking and development 
• WooCommerce installation and setup 
• Quick turn around WordPress troubleshooting and code / graphics fixes 
• PSD to HTML5 graphics and code 
• Google Adsense, Analytics, / Social Media integration 
• UX, UI Design and Development 
• Search Engine Optimization (SEO), content generation, keyword placement and Google Webmaster Tools 
• Code / CSS / responsive site optimization and code tweaks 
 
Professional graphic design, illustration, art, maps, and print. 
• Poster, print, fliers, banners, buttons and other creative promotional material research, design, and printing. 
• Map making for books or games with pen and ink, vector, or raster graphics. 
• Tablet and pen and ink to Raster / Vector 
• Custom map design for books, tabletop games, online interactive, and artwork 
 
HAPPY CLIENTS 
• Affinity Cloud Connections 
• American Association of Endodontists 
• American Student Dental Association 
• Bravo Restaurants 
• Dead 2 Me Records 
• Floorshow Events 
• Gothic Funk Press 
• Kroeschell, Inc 
• Lake Forest School of Graduate Management 
• Milwaukee School of Engineering 
• Open Ocean Creative 
• SAVO Group 
• Smith Bucklin 
• Tall Ship Red Witch 
• Two x Four 
• Zacks Investment Management

Willing to relocate: Anywhere

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Freelance Web Developer and Designer

Creative Circle
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Chicago, IL
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2005 to Present

Responsibilities 
• Design and develop websites based on client supplied designs 
• Edit premium WP themes and build custom functionality 
• Produce one page sites, microsites, and HTML emails 
• WP Database transfers, installs, and setups 
• Maintain daily contact with clients, and teams of developers using Skype and SVN 
• Ability to meet on-site in Chicago area, as well as hold regular meetings online 
• Troubleshoot and fix WordPress sites that were abandoned by previous teams or developers 
• Work solo or with a team to produce sites 
• PSD to WordPress 
• jQuery, Bootstrap, Jetpack, WordFence and Google Fonts integration 
• Google Analytics, SEO optiization and plugins, Adsense/Adwords 
 
Accomplishments 
• Recognized locally as one of their most reliable WP developers 
 
Skills Used 
WordPress, SVN, Skype, CSS, HTML, Responsive CSS, Email design

Freelance WordPress Developer, Cartographer and Graphic Designer

Forge22 Design
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Chicago, IL
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2003 to Present

Responsibilities 
• Build and convert responsive websites and CSS. 
• WordPress design, development, coding, installation and updates. 
• Tweak themes and styles for existing websites. 
• Migrate WordPress databases and environments. 
• Graphic design including posters, fliers, web banners. 
• Create hand drawn and digital maps. 
• Create maps for RPGs, games, illustrations, novels, books and prints. 
• Configure websites for SEO, Analytics, Adsense and/or Adwords. 
 
Accomplishments 
• Artwork contributed to several successful Kickstarters, books, and an indie film 
 
Skills Used 
PHP, CSS, CSS3, HTML, XHTML, HTML5, Jquery, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver

Tender Boat Captain

Westrec
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Chicago, IL
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August 2016 to October 2016

Licensed tender captain. Ferry boaters to and from their boats in all manner of wind and waves. Drive 25' single screw motor launch.

First Mate

Tall Ship Red Witch, LLC
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Chicago, IL
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May 2011 to October 2015

Maintain and upkeep 77' wooden schooner, sail and adapt to rapidly changing weather 
• Train new crew and instruct volunteers, manage onboard and underway public relations 
• Basic woodworking and carpentry 
• Bosun work, rigging, lines, sail mending and handling 
• Assist USCG Inspections and operate MOB, etc drills

Helpdesk Technician

Northern Michigan University
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Marquette, MI
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February 2002 to August 2004

Install/setup software on student and faculty laptops in a fast and efficient manner. 
• Face-to-face and telephone tech support, troubleshooting and software repair. 
• Working knowledge of PCs/Macs, and a variety of software.

Asst Technical Director / Sound Technician

Lake Superior Theatre
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2002 to 2003

Seasons 
• Build stage and setup lighting/sound systems. 
• Run mixer/sound board for musical theater, sound effects and live music.

Education

Master Captain in 100 ton, sail aux, inland + Great Lakes, STCW95, Assist Tow

Chicago Maritime School
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Chicago, IL

2016 to 2016

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Imaging

Northern Michigan University
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Marquette, MI

2004

Skills

Photoshop, Illustrator (10+ years), WordPress, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, MySQL (10+ years), Map Making, Cartography, Digital Design, Vector Graphics (6 years), Reponsive CSS and Websites, Mobile Interface Design (3 years), Small boat handling (1 year), Traditional Sailing Vessels (Tall Ships) (6 years)

Certifications/Licenses

Master Captain, Merchant Mariner Credential

November 2015 to November 2020

Master Of Self-Propelled Vessels Including Auxiliary Sail Of Less Than 100 Gross Register Tons (GRT) Upon Great Lakes and Inland Waters.  
 
STCW95. 
 
Towing Assitance.

Additional Information

Tall Ship Sailor, 
Master Captain - Licensed Merchant Mariner, 
WordPress Geek, 
Steampunk and NERF Prop and Costume Maker, 
100% Freelance Web Developer / Graphic Designer, 
Map Maker