Overview

I provide web solutions leveraging the WordPress platform.

With firm grounding in HTML, CSS, PHP & JavaScript, I apply best practices and design patterns to build large applications from simple, independent parts.

  • Responsive across devices; cross-browser compatible
  • Modern, interactive interface with jQuery, AJAX, CSS3
  • Content management: WP ecosystem and PHP/MySQL
  • Object-oriented: modular, reusable and maintainable code
  • Git source control; Grunt/Gulp task runner; SASS, JSHint

Current interests

  • Backbone and Underscore
  • Web components, pattern libraries
  • Cloud: Amazon Web Services, Bitnami, Docker
  • Scalable and performant: Nginx, Varnish, HyperDB
  • Node.js, npm, Browserify, microJS

Background

Born in Benghazi, Libya, and grew up in Japan. Started programming in BASIC and Turbo Pascal by age ten; translated a university bulletin board system to Japanese; for a highschool science project, wrote a C++ program to control a machine for drawing geometric designs.

Studied cultural anthropology in the U.S. Pacific Northwest; managed a bakery in Austin, Texas for a number of years. Moved to Prague, Czech Republic, and taught business English at local and international companies in a wide range of industries.

I became a full-time web developer in 2012, rediscovering my love of programming through WordPress. I build web sites, themes and plugins in collaboration with a graphic design firm, as well as on a freelance basis. Currently laying the groundwork for a software studio to focus on product development.

Portfolio


  • Project

    Showcase site for a cast-resin flooring company

    Description

    Worked with a design studio as part of branding and marketing strategy for web and print media

    • Built theme to exact client specifications
    • Media: sliders, galleries, video
    • Input forms and price calculator
    • Floor color reference with image viewer
    • Google Analytics for local SEO


  • Project

    Site for an educational organization publishing articles and illustrations of historical figures

    Description

    Complete overhaul of design and architecture

    • Animated interface for archive view and search
    • Migrate and organize hundreds of articles and media assets
    • Customized admin panel to manage content
    • Develop new site features such as user-submitted articles
    • Social integration: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Disqus


  • Project

    Financial knowledge database where experts answer user questions

    Description

    Technical consultation and custom development

    • Highly customized Q & A theme
    • Migrate site to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
    • Structured user interface with Backbone
    • Develop new site sections and features


  • Project

    Membership site providing media assets to a network of radio stations

    Description

    Worked closely with a designer to plan and develop a site with sophisticated user interface

    • Media asset delivery via Amazon S3 servers
    • Sync with metadata and articles on WordPress
    • Fast content loading with AJAX (no page reload)
    • Responsive media player and download queue


  • Project

    Open-source software to easily query and display content on WordPress

    Description

    Originally created as an in-house development tool for rapid prototyping. Since its release on the official plugin respository, it has grown in popularity and is actively used on hundreds of commercial and personal sites.



  • Project

    Site for a housing cooperative in Neratovice

    Description

    Worked with a design studio to develop the site as part of marketing campaign

    • Simple, unified aesthetic for site features
    • Advertise flats for sale
    • Downloads for potential buyers
    • Events calendar and notice board for co-op members




  • Project

    Site for a flatshare service for expats

    Description

    • Slide show and gallery
    • Google Maps integration
    • Simplified admin panel for content updates
    • Cute design based on request