Current Status

I have left Adecco NA and am now consulting on a project that is being built with Angular 2 and Ionic 2. It has been an incredible learning experience, and I am excited to dive fully into an Angular 2/Typescript development process. Since we are building a brand new product, I am taking the opportunity to dive into a few other tools I’ve heard a lot about over the last two years. I chose Sketch for the high fidelity prototype design, Invision and Craft plugin for the task flow design. One of my favorite features is live syncing which can help the discovery process and garner fast feedback from stakeholders. As usual, I use Balsamiq for the low fidelity prototype. More details on this incredible journey to come!

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 the Adobe suite, HTML, CSS, Sass, PostCSS, Grunt, Sublime, Javascript, using existing icon libraries or create my own, Bitbucket, TFS (MS Team Foundation Server). I have recently mastered 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.
Codepen.io showcase, and recent pens.
Github.


For most of 2016 I was employed by bbbAdecco Group NA where we used Bootstrap, Grunt, Gulp, Sass, Knockout, SiteCore, and C#. The team uses an Agile development process with VersionOne software to track sprint progress, Team Foundation Server, and HP Application Lifecycle Management to track bugs. It was exciting to be engaged in a thorough agile process, and I have written an article on the process.

A list of some work I have done recently:

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

Progressive Insurance
Agent Shift Bid Application

Comcast
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
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


Certifications

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.


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)

Coursera
Completed Human Centered Design four week course.

Favorite Resources

MDN Mozilla Developer Network
JavaScript Jabber
CSS-Tricks
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
Udemy
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