Web Designer and Front-End Developer
Passionate About Creative Problem Solving, and User Experience
I redesigned and rebuilt WCNY's primary donation form to improve usability and expand functionality to include new member benefit options.Visit Page
The default form provides suggests giving levels, and dynamically updates your level based on your gift, while also providing you the option to choose additional member benefits at certain levels.
For members, I created a login option by incorporating a member data API. This allows the form to return your current giving level, and adjust the amounts required to upgrade to each level based on your current gift. It also makes completing the form simpler by auto filling the basic billing information.
In addition to the challenges posed by no server access, BluePay hosted forms only accept a specific set of data points, which do not generally include things like extra benefit choices, or specified giving levels. Therefore, I had to make sure that all data submitted by the form was consolidated down into the acceptable data points in order to avoid an error. I managed this by dynamically updating the values of those data elements based on user choices and then disabling all other data inputs before submitting the form.
I expanded the custom plugin built for WCNY member login to include the ability for members to lookup their activation code without the assistance of member services.Visit Page
Using the same PBS member API, I expanded the functionality to validate a user return the user's activation code if applicable, or further instructions if not.
If the form returns an activation code it generates an automatic activation link to make it simple for the user to continue on to activation.
If the user's information repeatedly fails to validate, they are locked from accessing the form as the first layer of security against a script attempting to access member information.
I collaborated with another developer to build a custom WordPress plugin that leverages OAuth for user authentication and a PBS Membership API for user identification to create a login portal for WCNY Members.Visit Page
The custom WordPress plugin uses OAuth to allow for social login, as well as single sign-in with PBS apps. Allowing a WCNY Member to login to our website to access a wide variety of PBS content.
The plugin also allows for one-time user account activation which aligns the user's digital account with their WCNY membership. The activation page includes the ability to receive activation codes as parameters, enabling auto activation of members who respond to links withing e-communications.
Once the user has activated, and logged in, using one of the available options, I incorporated an authenticated check throughout the site. Currently it is being used to direct a user to login, or visit the membersite, but it is built to allow WCNY to expand content for authenticated members across the site in future projects.
The MemberSite itself incorporates video, streaming radio, account information, and a variety of member-exclusive resources.
I collaborated with a Backend Developer to redesign and consolidate Swanson Health Product's account creation and login process. I took what had been a multi-page complicated gateway and consolidated it into a single multi-use page that is both easier to use and simpler to maintain.Visit Page
In redesigning the login section of the page I focused on making the form as simple to use on mobile as possible. Making the login process simple helped encourage user login.
Simplifying the account creation process was a key part of this project. Aiding in the simplification process was instant form validation of all data inputs, particularly passwords. Validating passwords as they are entered helps the user create a compliant password, while encouraging them by tracking their progress.
Raymour & Flanigan, Liverpool, NY
Use my knowledge of UX and technical understanding to design user interfaces that maximize ease of use and accessibility. I have also orchestrated replatforming the website's search functionality to greatly improve both the customer experience and site performance.
That prioritizing standardization and modularity makes it much easier to collaborate as a team in design as well as development.
Startfast Code, Syracuse, NY
That I really enjoy teaching. It gives me a great chance to look more closely at topics like AJAX, HTTP/HTTPS, accessibility, and many other important parts of being a developer on a regular basis with students. If everyone walks away learning something it is a good class.
WCNY Public Media, Syracuse, NY
I built custom plugins and theme elements that integrated with WordPress, and incorporated third party APIs for social login, dynamic content, custom email receipts, and more.
How to effectively use API integrations to draw from third party functionality to increase efficiency and improve user experience. I also learned that I value the ability to dive deeply into a specific technology and leverage my knowledge for the benefit of a company.
Swanson Health Products, Fargo, ND
Troubleshoot and solve urgent bugs, while advocating for up-to-date code standards and improving user experience for customers.
That building modular reusable code and effective documentation increases productivity and efficiency for a whole team.
Swanson Health Products, Fargo, ND
Built out entirely new custom templates and components in Magnola CMS to match the content heavy pages with the rest of the eCommerce site, while keeping in mind the user experience of both the content creators and customers.
In addition to JSP, FTL, and elementary Java as part of working on a Java-based stack, I learned to combine the strengths of server and client side code to create interfaces that fit into the existing framework of the CMS while providing the functionality needed by our users.
Build interactive and responsive websites using semantic HTML5 and CSS, often incorporating PHP templates to create custom WordPress themes and plugins.
That good design fixes real problems, and takes into account the strengths and weaknesses of technology to do so.
Also, HTML5, CSS, jQuery, and PHP. I've taken myself from 0 to 60 in terms of coding since starting out on my own.
Georgia to Maine
I walked 2,186 miles in the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine, and collaborated with my hiking partner to complete the entire trek within our goal of five months.
That accomplishing big things is about tackling the smaller challenges that each day brings, and that a positive attitude is worth its weight in gold.