I am a creative developer. What does this boil down to? Having a brain that utilizes the right side as much as the left. Possessing the ability to not only make things work, but to make them sparkle.
So often, developers lack the creative sensibilities to make the designer's vision come to fruition. Not only are designs "hacked up" in the process from PSD to code, but there is no creative expression to speak of. A designer's worst nightmare is a robotic, left-brained dev who only thinks in terms of functionality.
My career began in 2003, when Flash was the thing. The artistic expression surrounding Flash is what pulled me in and ignited a passion that drove me to learn and soak up as much information as possible. There were many people pushing the limits of what Flash could do, showing the world a new kind of experience possible on the Internet.
In 2011, I was honored to take the role as Art Director for Creative Asylum's (now morphed into Modus Operandi) office in Panama. This experience solidified my understanding of the process that a project must go through in order to see the light of day, while ensuring adherance to the original creative vision of the project.
After this experience, I returned to the trenches and focused on being a front-end developer. My creative background has helped me to maintain a high caliber of quality in my work. I have an intuitive sense of what art directors and creative directors want. So, when I turn in my work, my hope is that I can make their job easier.
For this reason, I call myself a "creative developer". I am not only a front-end developer, but rather I like to be closely involved with the designers / creatives in order to infuse the execution of the project with efficiency, clear communication, and ultimately finish with something that will go above and beyond.
Over the years, my skill-set has morphed to fit the demands of changing technologies. I've always stayed on the creative side of the front-end.
jQuery, TweenMax, EaselJS, ThreeJS, APIs
Sass, responsive layouts
Project workflow / team integration
Like the back of my hand.
Flash, Actionscript 3
Animation, banners, applications, games
I have over 10 years experience working in a variety of companies. I love working with positive teams where sharing knowledge is encouraged and it's OK to ask a question.
November 2016 - present - Los Angeles, CA
August 2016 - November 2016 - Los Angeles, CA
September 2015 - July 2016 - Saint Louis, MO
Worked with a team of designers and developers to create award-winning websites.
June 2015 - September 2015 - Saint Louis, MO
Worked with a large team of marketing stategists to create websites and games.
2012 - 2014 - Los Angeles, CA
Worked with different ad agencies developing Flash websites, banner campaigns, and HTML5 websites for clients such as Ubisoft, Lionsgate, Nick, Lytro, and more.
2011 - Panama City, Panama
Managed a team of 10 Flash animators and 5 designers. Led team in production of several large game-hub websites for Nick, large banner-ad campaigns for Disney and Marvel, among other large-scale projects.
June 2006 - 2010 Los Angeles, CA
Worked as Flash developer / Web designer to complete more than 60 projects, mainly centered around the entertainment industry. Was lead Flash developer for Emmy-Award winning project Disney Channel Games 2007! Other clients included Fox, Nick, Hilton Hotels, Randomhouse, WHV, 20th Century Fox, ABC Family, Fox Sports, Harley Davidson, G4, and more.
Mar 2006 - June 2006 - Los Angeles, CA
Brought ADD Marketing's web-team into the light with fancy Flash animations and websites, among which were a website for Nip Tuck and Green Street Hooligans film. In addition, but unrelated, we rode Harleys for the red carpet opening of Barnyard.
Jul 2005 - Feb 2006 - Los Angeles, CA
I created the company's first website in addition to several in-house items including a Flash train-station schedule showing upcoming celebrity interviews which was displayed in the entrance of the building on a large screen TV. In addition, I created a Flash application for the video production crew that enabled them to map out location for cameras, lights, and mics for each production shoot.
Jan 2005 - Jul 2005 - Saint Louis, MO
My duties here were front-end development. I took approved designs and developed them with pixel-perfect accuracy. I also created a few After Effects animations of the Dia Learning logo, for the company's educational videos.
2004 - 2005 - Saint Louis, MO
I was responsible for Flash animation and development / HTML and CSS development for clients like Edward Jones and Sears.
2003 - 2004 - Saint Louis, MO
I was responsible for some design work, but my internship focused on Flash animation and development. I reported directly to the Creative Director for the timely completion of several juicy projects for clients such as Budweiser and other St. Louis based businesses.