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Work History

Development teams seek me out for visual design, re-skinning, information hierarchy, usability, iconography, improving task flow, improving the front end build process and more.

I specialize in creating engaging solutions to solve real world problems while designing beautiful applications that make the lives of users easier.

To do my job efficiently, I regularly use tools such as Sketch, Invision, Ionic 2, Angular 2, the Adobe suite, HTML, CSS, Sass, PostCSS, Grunt, Sublime, Javascript, Bitbucket, Team Foundation Server and more. I recently experimented with a Grunt PostCSS build process and have put the boilerplate on Github.

With years of practical experience, I’d be a tremendous addition to your development team because I have been confronted with and designed solutions to almost every UI scenario you can think of. Whatever the issues may be, I have the confidence and ability to solve them.

I have spent the last several years focusing on activity centered design for large and small software applications. My proficiency in CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, Responsive Design, current UI-UX standards, alongside clear verbal and written communication has made me an essential asset to a variety of software development teams.

Read more about my process and tools.
View my resumé. showcase, and recent pens.

Recent Projects

Hybrid App Designer: Nov 2016 – Present

Consulting with Phaidon International for Evolution Medical Communications

I am currently consulting on a project (view gallery) that is being built with Angular 2 and Ionic 2. As usual, I used Balsamiq for the low fidelity prototype, but for this project, I chose Sketch to replace Photoshop as my design tool and Invision with it’s Craft plugins for the interactive high fidelity prototype design process. One of my favorite features is live sync which can help garner immediate feedback during functional demonstrations with stakeholders.

Due to the excitement generated by the first product, my contract was extended to build a second hybrid product (view gallery) with Ionic2 / Angular2 that uses ForceJS to access a Salesforce backend.

These value added mobile products are targeted to bring tens of thousands of dollars in sales to Evolution’s account executives.

I also created surveys (view site) for conference attendees using jQuery Validate to ensure data integrity.

Front end development for many of Adecco’s international job posting websites.

Aspect’s Internal Project Management Product – Compass:
Project Summary, Utilization, Practice, Region

Progressive Insurance
Agent Shift Bid Application

Agent Schedule Trading System
(click “FIND OT” for some interaction)

Aspect Value-Added Product
Agent Activity Management Dashboard
(responsive dashboard)

Custom Widget for SalesForce Dashboard
Web Softphone

JetBlue Responsive Mobile App (static screenshots)
Jetblue Mobile Trades – project earned over $80k for my department
(Responsive application built with Foundation, designed for small viewport)

Also while employed at Aspect, I gave a presentation to the entire department (over 60 people) discussing modern UI and UX design in lay terms.

InterTech Media
Complete redesign and improvement of the flagship CMS product named Vortal. Created styles guides pattern library with copy/paste code snippets so developers could get projects finished quickly an effortlessly adhere to the company design aesthetic. Single handedly designed and developed the interface for ITM’s latest product Zocle – a social management dashboard tool.

Freelance Project
Medical Image Sharing System – MDView


Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft-Logo I am pleased to announce that on December 16, 2015, I passed the 70-480: Programming with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and I am now a Microsoft Certified Professional. View the certificate. USE ID: 1174306 — CODE: qjhwqdw2636

IBM Prove It! – HTML5
I was recently tested on HTML5 and passed with a high score. View details.

Online Courses

I treat every online course I take as if I am paying full-price tuition. Studying, learning and expanding my skill-set is important to me. When I attend an online course, I take it seriously and I am committed to continue my growth as a designer and developer.

Pluralsight: Building Mobile Apps, Angular 2 with John Papa

Ionic by Example: Create Mobile Apps in HTML5
(completion certification)

JavaScript: Understanding the Weird Parts
(completion certification)

Learn and Understand AngularJS
(completion certification)

Quick-start AngularJS
(completion certification)

Introduction to TypeScript
(completion certification)

Learn Angular JS for Beginners – Lite
(completion certification)

AngularJS Intro
(completion certification)

Completed Human Centered Design four week course.

Favorite Resources

MDN Mozilla Developer Network
JavaScript Jabber
Shop Talk Show
Adventures In Angular
Tour Of Heros – AngularJS
Web Design Weekly – Email
Web Animation Weekly – Email
HTML5 Weekly – Email
Responsive Design Weekly – Email
Web Designer News – Email
Paul Irish’s Blog
Lea Verou’s blog
David Walsh’s blog
Watch Me Code
Google: Steps to a Google-friendly site
Google: Web Master Guidelines
Follow interesting GitHub repositories.
I am looking forward to using Material Angular on a project soon.

Listening is one of the best soft skills UX designers can have.
Invision Article
Alec Collado