• Work experience
  • August 2014 - Current

    Make:

    Lead Front End Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, and I'm building the front end for our online community!

  • March 2014 - August 2014

    ThreatStream

    Lead Front End Engineer in Silicon Valley, CA

    I'm heading up front end engineering at this exciting network security startup, helping to build "The Next Generation Threat Intelligence Platform" using AngularJS and a variety of other technologies. Operationalize, Detect, Disrupt!

  • April 2013 - March 2014

    Sears Holdings Corp.

    Front End Engineer in Chicago, IL

    Building the new SHC Gift Registry as a responsive api-driven single page application with AngularJS. I helped take the project from planning to launch, and in addition to writing a ton of the code influenced several front end technology choices. This was a consultant role through AIM Consulting

  • February 2013 - April 2013

    Allstate Insurance

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    I was the lead front end dev on a project building a powerful internal tool for Allstate, as a responsive web application. I also acted as the front end architect on the project. This was a consultant role through AIM Consulting

  • January 2013 - February 2013

    New Control

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    For this one I was the general front end dev at a fast paced advertising agency in downtown Chicago, building sites, client admin panels, and pixel perfect html emails. Kind of crazy the amount of projects that got done in my time there. Probably a few gray hairs working so may hours. One of my favorite little projects from this time was the registration page and admin panel for register53card.com

  • December 2012 - January 2013

    Lady Gaga's Born Brave Foundation.

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    I was tasked with a solo designing and building Born Brave Chicago - responsive community platform for the University of Chicago's Ci3 with Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. My role in this project was full stack development (and design) of a participatory website for the movement. I ran up a LAMP stack and built a Wordpress site and theme with a heavily customized admin panel. The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago is a faculty-led initiative to advance sexual and reproductive health.

  • September 2012 - December 2012

    Human Solutions, Inc.

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    I designed and built the new Human Solutions Inc. website as a small corporate project.

  • March 2012 - September 2012

    Tampico Beverage Corp.

    Development Lead in Chicago, IL

    We built an interactive advertising videogame for Tampico Beverage Corp. through Branger_Briz advertising. Players design and bash a pinata, then send it to their friend. If their friend bashes it as well, they are entered into a raffle together to win a matched set of Fiat 500's, bikes, and other prizes. There were two connected versions of the game: a facebook app and an iPad app. I personally worked hands-on to oversee completion all of the programming and layout for the UI / UX, in-game 3D physics, and scene management for the iPad app.

  • July 2010 - May 2012

    Art Junction

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    I was the developer and ongoing site admin of Art Junction from 2010-2012. The project began with an initial overhaul to the wordpress blog, and continued with regular maintenance and updates, and onto a complete redesign of the whole site in December 2012. The current site is designed as a responsive wordpress theme with a sticky top menu in desktop mode. I incorporated the Twitter API as well as photostreams from Pinterest, Flickr, and Instagram.

  • 2007 - 2010

    Freelance

    Web Developer / Javascript Game Developer in Chicago, IL

    I made and distributed open source simulation games (some of which are still very popular in Germany!) written entirely in javascript. I also took numerous small web projects, to pay the bills and build new skills.

  • 2006 - 2007

    University of Florida School of Engineering

    Web Developer in Chicago, IL

    I was part of a small team developing the public online face of an ecological management foundation that was through the School of Engineering at The University of Florida. My first paid web development job.

  • Education
  • Masters Degree

    School of The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL

    My thesis was creative code, in the cutting edge Art & Technology major. I won the John Quincy Adams Fellowship Award for my work there, and the corresponding grant!

  • Bachelors Degree

    University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

    I was on the president's honor roll and received several awards and scholarships for my work as a student here. My major, Art & Technology was a dual program they used to have between the school of engineering and the school of art and art history. I finished with a 3.9 GPA, really only knocked down by a crazy difficult general education history class on the History of the Caribbean Maroon Diaspora.

  • Personal skills
  • Javascript AngularJS HTML CSS
  • Interests
  • Front End Technologies

    You better believe I attended every front end talk at Google I/O 2014. I literally had a picture taken of me with Paul Irish, maybe I'll post it. I spent July 4th weekend 2014 at NodeConf. For my full time consultant role with AIM Consulting my contract listed me as our Chicago "thought leader" for enterprise web software development.

  • Design

    I'm really not a designer, but that's just because I spend approximately 100% of my time coding. It's tough to design while coding. I have however taken numerous design and typography classes, and love design. My favorite designers are Naoto Fukusawa, David Shrigley, Mike Bostock, and Zaha Hadid.

  • Contact
  • Location

    San Francisco

    Mobile

    616 606 0636

    Email

    wes@wesww.com

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