I am a very talented website developer with years of experience in print and web design who is highly motivated, creative, and versatile. Especially skilled in creating and directing corporate and new business design. Adept at innovating user experience for the web and multimedia applications. Exceptional interpersonal skills with team members and subordinates. Accomplished at incorporating the desires of the client with a superior design solution. My passion is leading design efforts within innovative and smart product organizations to create “must have” products/services. I am pursuing projects and roles that can fully leverage my expertise and strategic thinking in UX product design, interaction design for new technologies and creative brand innovations. A company that demands high-quality design and development skills to further business goals and a professional image. I also have extensive product design experience with Cloud, SaaS, Mobile (all-devices), Enterprise and cross-platform software systems.
January 2015 - March 2016
I was the sole UI/UX Designer and Front-End Developer on the Product Management team and was responsible for defining features and common experiences, using established as well as entirely new patterns and paradigms. Designing and implementing high-fidelity clickable mockups of the product. Using the latest development frameworks such as Bootstrap, jQuery, Angular.JS and more to provide a responsive, mobile-friendly user interface. Working with an International Team of Developers & QA Engineers to implement & test UI interaction in product code on both ASP.NET & Java-based platforms. Implementing a visual style consistent with other products. Ensuring the quality of the User Experience through client feedback and user testing. Conceptual planning of future UI/UX directions.
January 2012 - January 2015
A CTO's role is to assure the successful execution of the company's business mission through development and deployment of the company's web presence. This requires envisioning the company's service offerings as a web-based business, leading implementation of web applications, and planning for risk and growth.
June 2010 - December 2011
Responsible for design and development of web applications within the Ruby on Rails framework, and for participating in other projects that are in support of client deliverables. As lead developer and project manager, my skills included but not limited to the following:
August 2008 - May 2010
Developed and designed concepts, graphics and layouts for event posters, company logos, and internet website(s). Produced video advertisements for TV, online & external highway billboard. Also, planned and coordinated weekly internet advertising, online/offline promotions and social media marketing campaigns for upcoming events.
March 2005 - August 2008
Using Adobe Pagemaker and later InDesign, it was my responsibility to create large print layouts for fundraising campaigns and design ads for clients. As system administrator, I was responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure.
August 2004 - May 2005
During my first year at the University of Houston, I developed an E-commerce Website selling commercial electronics and computing products from many overseas distributors. Due to the overwhelming success of this business, I left school early to focus on the company.
August 1996 - May 2000
I began my web design/computer programming career when I started teaching myself Adobe Photoshop, 3DS Max, HTML, Microsoft FrontPage and Visual Basic/C++. My first part-time job was at Milam Design Services, a Computer Software & Professional Staffing company in 1996 as a website designer for clients in the Manufacturing & Oil Industry.
Project: The News Website Demo
Year Started: 2016
Python/Django Version: 3.5.1/1.9.6
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/jamesblackjr/newsproject
Project: The Gladiator Network
Year Started: 2013
Status/Type: Internal Use Only (Intranet/Administration)
Rails/Ruby Version: 4.1.1/2.1.1
Database: MongoDB (Approx. 730,000+ Records)
RubyGems Used: Mongoid, Devise, Omniauth, Geocoder, Nokogiri, Mechanize, Capistrano, Carrierwave, Guard, Foreman, Faye, Resque & More.
Project: Escapade/Club '06 Houston
Year Started: 2010/2011
Status/Type: Offline (Administration)
Rails/Ruby Version: 3.2.0/1.9.2?
RubyGems Used: Devise, Omniauth, Geocoder, ActiveMerchant, Carrierwave, RMagick
Year Started: 2010
Status/Type: Online (Live Website)
Rails/Ruby Version: 2.3.5/1.8.7?
Project: Villarreal Drywall Dispatching System
Year Started: 2010
Status/Type: Online (Internal/Administration)
Rails/Ruby Version: 2.3.5/1.8.7
RubyGems Used: HAML, Geokit, Searchlogic
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