I’m a front end developer with nearly 5 years professional experience. I also have about 5 years experience in professional graphic design, turning completely to engineering in the last few years. I have a passion for building things. Whether it’s a website, a business or a kitchen ceiling rack to hang my pots and pans on, I love it. But talking about what I’m good at is what the rest of my site is for. Here I’ll just try to give a good idea of the kind of person I am and what I’ve done with my life.
Growing up I experimented with different ventures. I’ve made and sold baked goods, attempted to sell sculptures, done architectural rendering among other things too. I think what all my early ventures had in common is that I was never really trying to sell anything. I was just trying to create things for people to enjoy. Not in a “I’m a social worker” type of way. More of a “I’m proud people love what I made” kind of way. So that’s what I’d like to focus on from here on out. I’ve already gotten pretty good at it and am confident I’ll keep getting better.
If you are looking to fill a position that could use an ambitious problem solver let me know. I’ll give honest answers on whether or not I feel I’d be a good fit. I’m not interested in getting into a situation that isn’t going to be a great fit for both me and the other party. Call me and let’s chat about how I could add to your team.
Plain Ol' Resume:
Perpetually learning, creating and developing my skills while doing all the things I love. Which is not a short list.
Summer ’12 to current – Front end developer for Orangesoda. I am the dedicated developer for the company’s website, as well as the developer resource for Orangesoda’s marketing team. I mainly make really cool stuff for orangesoda.com here.
Winter ’11 to Summer ’12 – Lead Developer for Canyon View Solutions. Here I manage two junior developers and a junior designer, assign and delegate projects, as well as build client sites on my own. I’d also wire-frame larger projects and design their interfaces.
’10 to Winter ’11 – Lead WordPress Developer for Business Promotion/part time web designer. Here I built custom wordpress sites for clients, slicing up photoshop mock-ups from our design team. I also worked with two developers under me that I would train, help and occasionally delegate assignments to. I would also work directly with clients to create custom site and logo designs when workflow necessitated it.
’08 to current – Owner of Curly Q Wall Decals: www.cqWallDecals.com All of the product designs are my own as well as the web site itself. This is my small business that has turned a profit every since it’s inception.
‘Fall ’08 through Fall ’09 Semesters – Multimedia Editor for UVU Review, The Independent Student Newspaper of Utah Valley University. As such, I was in charge of the design and development of their new web site, management of digital media and our videographer under me. My influence led them from an expensive CMS to building a wordpress site that was cheaper, functioned better and began generating ad revenue for the first time. I also had illustrations and graphics published weekly in their print edition.
’08 to current – Freelance graphic design work for Antigua Furniture, ProForma Direct Media, Business Promotion, Bella Bean Photography as continuous clients and several other one-time client projects.
’06 to ’08 – Printsmart Graphic Designer & Large Format Production Assistant. My responsibilities included meeting with clients to create custom designs. Meeting strict deadlines for completing many simultaneous design projects. At times, when the design department would slow down, I would also manage files and jobs to keep production running in the large format printing department.
Working Web Development Examples:
http://www.orangesoda.com/blend/features/ -here’s a recent example of orangesoda work. This product page was created using a WordPress plugin I built that allows you to duplicate the main content area of a page as many times as you want while dynamically creating the floating menu and hash system for you. Handy for creating long product pages that a developer shouldn’t have to hard code.
http://www.cqwalldecals.com -built on the Shopify CMS using HTML and Liquid(Ruby)
http://www.businesspromotioninc.com -Hardcoded with PHP and HTML
http://jordykirkman.com -The site you’re currently viewing -Wordpress
Built a company that makes a profit with minimal management from me. It’s taught me to be great at product design and prototyping.
I’ve built a ton of completely unique WordPress sites for clients and designed many too. I can rustle up a longer list if you’d like to see more!
’08 – Accepted Multimedia Editor position for the UVU Review and full tuition compensation as an editorial staff member.
’06 – Received half tuition scholarship from UVSC Multimedia Department. Recognized on the Dean’s List for multimedia fall semester at UVSC.
’05 – Utah Multimedia Arts Festival: 1st place animation, 1st place graphic art, 2nd place multimedia title, graphic art piece “life Intertwined” displayed in the Springville Museum of Fine Art.
’04 – Utah Multimedia Arts Festival: 1st place animation
’03 – Utah Multimedia Arts Festival: 1st place animation
Plus some adventures at UVU learning why I think college isn’t my ticket to ride in the creative/tech industry.
’06 – Sky View High School graduate
Very Experienced with WordPress including custom post types, page types, admin meta boxes, plugins plus doing creative things with them.
Responsive Design(scale this website or check it out on a phone, it still looks nice)
Very Experienced in the following software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver + many more, less asked about software packages
Capable with Mac, PC, cPanel, WHM, Mailchimp
Very Experienced in SEO, common myths and current best practices
Very Experienced working with Google Adwords, Webmaster Tools and Merchant Center
Familiar with the principles of Agile project management and working experience under SCRUM
Very comfortable working directly with clients
Drawing & illustration skills
I make an awesome Thai Curry