Sometimes classified as a hybrid of sorts
So I find it completely weird to talk about myself, but this IS the about me page. I’ll just keep it short and simple.
Hailing from Appomattox, Virginia — a two stop light town, best known for the place where the Civil War ended, for all those history buffs out there. I am best described as a pixel pusher, css wrangler and coding monkey. I’ve been told I am a rare breed by all the people I have worked with in that I can not only design, but apply that design to the conform to the strict standards of xHTML and CSS and also make it dynamic through programming languages. Apparently, it is hard to find people that can do all that and a bag of chips.
I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 with a BFA degree concentrating in Graphic Design. Of course, that was not the program I started out in. I did a stint in the Computer Science department for a semester and a half before ultimately finding my creativity able to blossom at the art department. At the time, the art department had very limited web design classes, but what ones there were, I ate up and fell in love with. They helped satisfy my two sides, geekness and the creative monster. Needless to say, I had to self teach my self the programming languages besides basic HTML and CSS; luckily I am a sponge for that stuff.
So far, I have worked for design houses to startups over my semi-short career. Plenty of freelance work has filled the gaps when I have down time in the evenings. Music is my passion and have had the opportunity to work with the guys at Indierock Media which is now Reccenter for the past five years doing design and web development work for the record industry, branching out into social media and UX for iOS applications.
After leaving the UpTake/RealTravel team I went to work for Patch — a hyper local news site owned by AOL, as a Software Engineer. Getting my taste of a larger company and on a team of five other Front-end developers I worked closely with the product team on editorial to help create features for not only their reader base, but their huge team of editors in the field.
Currently I am Sr. Front-end Engineer for Usertesting.com — a SAAS startup providing usability expertise to companies that need usability testing.