The Minnesota State Fair, was cancelled in 2020, but that didn't stop hungry Minnesotans from wanting a taste of their favorite State Fair foods.
I designed and developed the Fair Food Finder web app to help people find State Fair food vendors open around them and see their hours and details. I did all the work on the Fair Food Finder, including:
Fair Food Finder logo above wireframes and initial app designs.
The Fair Food Finder app allows users to search for vendors, filter by hours or dates, and view details for each food stand.
The secure vendor dashboard was built in React includes custom signup and login pages, dashboard, and admin area. It allows authenticated food vendors to add and edit events, and edit food stand information. The admin area features the ability to create new food stands, and switch vendors to directly edit their events and information.
Vēmos is a startup aimed at disrupting the hospitality industry.
I handled all Product and App Development for Vēmos. These responsibilities included:
The Gecko Oven Cam is a smart home device I created which allows you to monitor your oven from your phone or tablet.
I did 100% of the work on the Oven Cam including the app development, product and software design, and marketing video production. It launched on Indiegogo in August 2018, but did not reach the funding goal to move into final production.
The Gecko Oven Cam campaign on was live on Indiegogo August through September. It fell short of the funding goal to move into final production. The Indiegogo page includes a variety of media, incluing graphics and videos, I created to highlight the Oven Cam.
I built the Oven Cam app using Ionic, an open source, front-end SDK, which allows it to be deployed as a native iOS and Android app. The app features user authentication using Google Firebase (including Facebook and Email authentication), new camera setup over BLE, custom timers with local push notifications, Google Firebase Cloud Firestore database to get live camera power and battery level information, and connection to the camera over local Wi-Fi for image streaming.
Techy goodness aside, the UI design makes it's super easy to setup a new camera and start the oven monitoring in minutes.
The Oven Cam was the first time I dabbled in any physical product and hardware design. The product design included creation of a patent pending design for attaching the camera to the outside of an oven. I also did the 3d modeling for the camera case and built the physical prototypes of the oven camera. The internal circuit design uses a Raspberry Pi linux computer, digital camera, power management chip, lithium ion battery, analog to digital converter chip, status led lights, power button, and lots of other little resistors, diodes, and capacitors.
The camera software runs on Raspbian, a flavor of Debian Linux. On first startup a node server runs, allowing the client app to connect to the camera over BLE and configure the Wi-Fi connection. An Express server controls the camera hardware and serves images to the client app. Python scripts monitor the analog to digital converter chip to get battery level information. Battery level and power status information are updated in real time using Google Firebase Cloud Firestore database.
TIAA (formerly TIAA-CREF) is a not-for-profit, Fortune 100 company specializing in financial products and services for education, healthcare, and other not-for-profit fields.
I was with TIAA for over 6 years and started by building prototypes and developing web pages, then grew into a technology lead overseeing the UI style guide and front-end architecture, and finally as a development manager, leading a team of UI developers through a major rebranding effort.
In 2016, TIAA went through a major rebranding effort to change it's name, logo and overall brand. My role was to lead the front-end development team building the all-new TIAA.org public site and was one of the primary points of contact for the Online Technology department. This included working with business partners from all areas of the company, from marketing, digital, and design, to internal IT.
This was a herculean effort for a company the size of TIAA.
It entailed not only designing and building an all-new, public marketing site, but also a UI system to be used by all TIAA websites for years to come. I lead the charge in the design of a new UI style guide and framework, developing all the new UI components, creating prototypes and concepts for usability testing, and finally delivering a new site with hundreds of new pages and web apps.
My hands on experience leading a team through this large-scaled program puts me in a unique position to handle projects of any size.
Resource management is a critical part of delivering successful projects. I managed a team of ten front-end architects and developers working on location, from home, and overseas. My experience leading this diverse team has helped me develop the skills necessary to coordinate and manage large scale projects.
The key areas of TIAA that I oversaw for the front-end team included the public site (TIAA.org), rebrand, UI style guide, email templates, TIAA Direct banking public site, and TIAA Asset Management site.
As technology lead, I designed and led the team that built some of the first automated, front-end build systems used at TIAA. Some of the first technologies my team helped introduce at TIAA included mobile-first design, SASS, Gulp, Node.js, Mustache, RequireJS, and ECMAScript 2015 (ES6).
My first technology lead role at TIAA began with architecting and overseeing the front-end system used by our secure, institutional administrator's website. This grew to include the public site (TIAA.org), UI style guide, TIAA Direct banking public site, TIAA Asset Management site, email templates, rebrand, TIAA.org mobile site, and accessibility.
I've worked with cutting edge technology and will continue to be at the forefront using the latest tech to speed up time to market, increase productivity, and create engaging experiences.
A User Interface (UI) style guide defines the styles and standards for a company to help guide the creation of consistent websites and other display mediums. At TIAA, I built and maintained the style guides used by a team of over fifty UI developers and referenced by numerous other business partners. This involved working directly with UX partners to understand the design standards and rules of use, then develop the final code to be used on the websites.
It takes a deep understanding of the brand, design system, and front-end coding to create an effective style guide. Let's chat about your business and start working toward designing a consistent and on-brand web experience.
From pencil and paper designs to clickable, interactive prototypes, being able to get initial designs and ideas tested early saves time and money. One of my primary roles during my time at TIAA was to create these clickable prototypes used in usability testing, presentations to stakeholders, and ultimately to create final web pages and apps.
In addition to creating prototypes for existing projects, I was tasked with envisioning the future state of our websites. These concepts stretched the boundaries of what was currently possible and helped push our technological abilities to the next generation. I want to use this forward thinking and experience to help propel you and your business into the next generation.
Front-end development is really the "nuts and bolts" of a website; it's the code behind everything you see on a web page. At TIAA, I built components (buttons, navigation menus, carousels, etc.) and web pages that worked across browsers and devices, and were optimized for performance.
This hands-on knowledge is essential for overseeing and building great looking, reliable websites. Whether we are creating a single page marketing site for your new product or orchestrating a team of developers creating a complex mobile and web app, you can have confidence in my proven track record and expert oversight.
ExcelsiorAppliance.com is a marketing site for a home appliance sales and service business. It is built using mobile-first design, built on a customized Weebly template.
TrishAnton.com is a marketing site for a massage therapy business. It is built using mobile-first design, built on a customized Weebly template. I also worked with Trish Anton Organic Massage to design a custom logo for their business.
C-CAMSolutions.com is a one page marketing site for a manufacturing solutions company. It is built using mobile-first design, built on a customized Weebly template. I also worked with C-CAM Solutions to design a custom logo and technology roadmap for their business.
Technology changes at a rapid pace, making some past projects I've worked on fun to look back on, but no longer relevant today.
SkateJunk was one of the first businesses I started and one of the main reasons why I got into web design. It is a website built in flash and includes a full eCommerce skateboard shop, interactive flash trick tips and photos, and a custom flash music player. I also created a custom logo for SkateJunk.
JBeal Commercial is a commercial real estate company that I worked with to design and build a website, including a custom built image gallery. I also worked with JBeal Commercial to create a custom logo for their business.
Marketing website for a hotel in Rochester (no longer open). Custom template and design with some basic Google Maps integration.
I was an officer in the Mankato Ski and Snowboard Club (SSC) and redesigned the club website. It featured custom design, video, image galleries and a great snowing effect.
Design of wireframes and coordination with offshore development team.
My head was in the clouds when I created the last version of my website that was ahead of it's time. It included responsive design with many custom animations.
My idea for a Netflix competitor (back when Netflix still mailed DVDs), but targeted for extreme sports videos. This never launched, but I did work through all the design for a full eCommerce platform to rent extreme sports DVDs.
I worked with Tea District, an online tea store, to build some additional functionality into their eCommerce platform.
I worked with Clear Choice, a acne product, to build some additional functionality into their eCommerce platform, including a rewards system and custom emails.
In addition to web and graphic design I work with companies to determine the best technology solutions for their unique needs.
C-CAM Solutions is a manufacturing solutions company that I worked with to create a technology roadmap for their new business. This included website strategy and design, internal and external document storage solutions, client ordering and tracking app design, and future state ideas for mobile apps and digital products.
I started my full-time career in tech by working in the IT department at MNSU. My primary duties were to maintain the numerous (1200+) classroom and general use computers. In addition to my primary duties, I also helped maintain our website and create interactive digital and print media, highlighting our technology innovations.
With this much experience it's a no brainer who to pick for help with your next project!