Overview

I provide web solutions to meet your needs.

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
  • Interactive interface with asynchronous I/O
  • Content management: types, fields, taxonomies, databases
  • Object-oriented: modular, reusable and maintainable code
  • Clean design aesthetic; optional touch of CSS magic
  • Git source control; Gulp, Sass, JSHint, Browserify

Current interests

  • Node.js, web sockets, real-time communication
  • Web components, pattern libraries, UI frameworks
  • Cloud: Amazon Web Services, Bitnami, Docker
  • Scalable and performant: Nginx, Varnish, HyperDB

Background

Grew up in Japan, pre-Internet era. Started programming in BASIC, Logo 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 large-scale 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 rediscovered my love of programming and became a full-time web developer in 2012. I build web sites, applications, 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 thousands 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