User Experience Design Lead
December 2016 – Present: As a User Experience Practitioner, was asked to be the Team Lead for the user experience team dedicated to product development and innovation. I am responsible for collaborating with other teams, presenting to and working with executive stakeholders, designing various artifacts, and guiding my team in our shared responsibilities. Up to this point, my career had been mostly focused on visual design as well as front-end development. In my new role at Covenant Eyes, my focus has shifted towards user experience design while still leveraging the skillset I have gained over my career.
Web Designer + Developer
Johnny Rocket Creative
President + Creative Director
November 2011 – Present: Because of my passion for the web, I founded Johnny Rocket Creative. At first, it was a hobby, but as I learned more and continued to build quality websites, it grew into a full-fledged business that stands for usable and forward-looking quality. Some of my daily responsibilities include client interaction, creating wireframes, building sitemaps, documenting and communicating requirements and changes, creating polished designs, and front-end development.
Senior Designer + Developer
December 2011 – December 2015: Working with Antistatic Design started out as a short-term trial, which expanded out into a full-time position as a contractor for the company. Working with a small team, we were able to create some amazing websites, applications, iOS designs, and more. I functioned as the lead developer, interface designer and lead technical contact. My skills grew as a designer and developer, while simultaneously developing skills in project management and technical consulting. It was during this time that I was introduced to and fell in love with the ExpressionEngine content management system.
September 2011 – December 2011: As an adjunct professor, I served as an instructor for interactive design and teaching the basics of Adobe Flash. I enjoyed my time as an instructor and gained valuable communication skills throughout my time there.
Interactive + Print Designer
January 2008 –December 2011: I was hired to serve the role of Graphic Designer. Over my time at IDEOPIA, I grew into the role of Interactive Designer as well. Concept generation, print design, web design, front-end programming, and technical consulting were among my responsibilities.
Graphic Design Intern
September 2007 –January 2008: I was hired to serve the role of Graphic Designer working on interactive projects. I worked on a variety of tablet based projects, and a few websites as a designer. All of this before the advent of the beloved capacitive-touch tablet world we are now familiar with.
Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design
April 2007: In 2007, I received my Bachelors Degree. While at Cedarville, I focused mainly on Web Design since that’s where my passions were. I also spent time studying technical writing, web programming, and other aspects that would help my transition into the web design and development roll.