UX and IA Consultant
Custom Theme Developer specializing in Drupal
Skills: What I Do
Write, edit and debug CSS1, CSS2, CSS3, using Sass and LESS preprocessors and standard CSS authoring; optimize HTML IDs and classes for streamlined, reusable CSS; research and study methods to improve CSS efficiency.
Implement responsive design and cross-platform browser compatibility (IE 9-12, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices), including Bootstrap framework.
Write, edit and debug PHP, primarily within the context of Drupal CMS modules and theme templates, to render database data as HTML.
Basic AJAX and AJAX-style displays implementation primarily using JS/jQuery, XML feeds and CSS3.
Clarify user and client expectations; continually study UX trends. Above all, maintain focus on the end-user and the client’s goals; constantly ask myself “How does this improve the user’s experience?”
IA & Site Building
Evaluate site goals and content structure; map user pathways; develop information architecture for content types, fields, and other building blocks; use content management system configuration to build page elements and displays.
Expert in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and other graphic programs for evaluating designs and slicing graphics.
Write technical specifications; define user stories; prepare time estimates and critical path documentation; maintain project logs and task/bug tickets; manage code with GIT and SVN; test using Selenium, Browserstack, W3 Validation and other testing tools.
Write detailed project and technical specifications and deliver oral presentations in audience-appropriate language. (Before working full-time in Web development, communications and public relations professional for 20+ years.)
Experienced in working with large and small cross-functional, collaborative teams that are responsible from concept to launch, both in-house and with distributed teams.
Experience: What I've Done
Contract Front-End Developer
Contract front-end developer since 2012. Total number of projects: 20+. My work has focused on custom theme-development, complex Drupal site building, and UX and IA consultation. Development firms: New Valley Media, Drupal Connect, Double Prime.
Drupal Themer, Bonnier Corp.
Staff Drupal themer specializing in customization of user interface / themes for Drupal 6/7 web projects of varying size, from small mini-sites to large websites, plus several Java-based websites.
Project Manager / QA / UX
Web development project manager on lauch team for youth social networking site, Yoursphere.com. Led quality-assurance and user-experience testing.
Other Web Projects
Sole developer of four Web sites for professional associations/governmental organization as part of my role as communications director or staff. These projects included integration with membership and continuing education databases, online payments, and event promotion and registration.