About MeI grew up in Bellingham, WA, studied Jazz Performance at Western Washington University, then spent 5 years teaching English on the JET Program in Japan. When I returned home I was unsure as to what exactly I wanted to do with my life. After traveling around the States a bit to catch up with old friends and family and figure out which direction suited me best, I came back to Bellingham to pursue a career in web development. My good friend and worldwide traveling companion John Meloy (www.johnnydanger.net) became my mentor and put me through a sort of web design "boot camp". We started at square one (basic HTML, "hello world", etc.), and within a few months I was building websites for clients.
Jun 2, 2014
Jun 2, 2014
For the next 2 years I worked as a freelance web developer, graphic designer, and photographer. I got better and better every step of the way. Then, in January of 2013, I was approached by a local company that had an idea for a learning management system focused on the increasingly popular field of Kaizen. Over the following year, under the direction and vision of the folks at üttana, and with the technical expertise of my mentor John Meloy, we built an incredible system using the ExpressionEngine CMS. We stretched and molded EE's systems in innovative ways and integrated third party solutions for things like customer relations management and variable subscription services. When development ended in early 2014 and we parted ways, I was able to take a step back at what we built and what I learned, and was able to say that I had become a true professional in the field.
Now I am back on my own as a freelance developer. I am constantly looking for new ways to improve my skill set and become better, because the web is constantly evolving and I want to evolve with it. I hope to hone my design sensibilities and photographic eye, expand my back-end programming abilities, and most of all, contribute as much as I can to the continuous advancement of web technologies.
We live in an amazing time of human history. The internet has transformed the way we do everything. We walk around with the internet in our pockets or on our wrists. We store thousands of photos in "the cloud". We can watch a mind boggling number of TV shows and movies on demand without having to touch a DVD. Cars can drive themselves. We can click a button and see exactly what it looks like to stand on a relatively insignificant side street in Paris. We are so socially connected to so many people that we get tired of hearing about the breakfast choices of someone on the other side of the planet. I am simply ecstatic to be alive in this time, and to have the opportunity to contribute even just a tiny bit to this technology that history will write as the single greatest achievement of the collective intelligence of humankind.