About


Experience

I am a passionate developer whose most recent experience has been in front end web development.  Currently, I am a developer for the Eau Claire Press Company.  I mainly do maintenance and front end work for the Leader Telegram website.  I also build & maintain smaller websites for internal purposes, as well as doing light tech support for their staff.

Before that I was the Senior Developer at Satellite Six.  I built custom WordPress sites & lead the company’s development department.  Over my 3 years there I handled many responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Website front and back end development, including custom integrations and builds
  • Participation in team & client meetings
  • Bi-weekly development meetings with company management
  • Work with sales to accurately quote delivery time for development projects
  • Mentor new developers
  • Coordinate development team growth with company management
  • Ensure development hours are tracked accurately
  • Research & Development of internal software tools and workflows

At Satellite Six, I built a custom starter theme that powered all the custom WordPress I built there.  It was built on Foundation 5 then 6, included wp-advanced-search, and included various libraries such as Slick, AnimateCSS, and others.  The theme made prototyping more rapid, sped up the process of building custom sites, and improved consistency between multiple developers.

I have learned, after building over 20+ custom designed websites, that front-end development is a crucial part every project.  I started with only having a static design of the desktop version of a home page, and turned them into fully responsive pages, accessible from a wide array of devices.  Through client, internal, and personal feedback I discovered that consistency, performance and accessibility are what sets great projects apart from the rest.

I started as an Entry Level Developer, the only employee, at a small creative digital marketing agency.  In just three years I learned a lot, helped shape the company’s development department, and did some fantastic work that truly helped our clients.  It was a great experience, and I am now looking forward to the next one.

Skills & Strengths

Aside from what has been mentioned above, my main skills & strengths lie in front-end web development.  I worked with the following languages, tools, and workflows:

  • PHP (5)
  • HTML (+5)
  • CSS (+3)
    • SCSS & Less
  • Javascript
    • JQuery
    • 3rd party libraries
  • WordPress
    • Custom Theme Development
    • Plugin Development & Customization
  • Gulp (Preprocessing)
  • Browser Sync
  • Virtual Box (OS/Browser Testing)
  • Project Analysis
    • Quoting Development Estimates
    • Analyzing Needs & Wants
    • Understanding Scope
    • Documenting Processes
  • Code Quality
    • Strict Code Formatting
    • Reviewing and Providing detailed feedback of others code
    • Researching new standards, tools, and trends
  • Design Abilities
    • Subtle cues of direction, mood &  flow
    • Strict following of typography, color & spacing of designs
    • Clear, transparent communication with designers

That is the bulk of my skills related to web development.  Although my biggest strengths are my desire to learn, willingness to update my opinions and my love for problem solving.  Those 3 main strengths are what have driven and allowed me to obtain all other skills.

About Me

My name is Darren, and I have lived in the Midwest my whole life.  I actually do love the seasons, and like to believe that the constant change of them reflect my own personality and work ethic.  I am constantly trying to learn new things, and seek constant change in my own life.  I’ve worked in retail, construction, and now software development, and believe each have taught me something that helped in the next stage of my life.

I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Software Development, and maintained a 4.0 GPA.  I received an amazing opportunity to work in a creative environment, writing code.  My desire to get into programming came from an entire life of fascination with technology, ranging from building gaming computers, hacking software configuration files, to watching documentaries about how algorithms run many aspects of our lives.

Again, being in the Midwest my whole life has probably contributed to my hobbies as well.  In the winter I love snowboarding, staying in with a warm drink and watching movies, or a good ol fashioned snowball fight.  Spring and Fall is when I get out and skateboard, longboard, go hiking, or find a quiet place outside to meditate.  During the summer I also enjoy biking, skating, and most outdoor activities.

More Information

This page is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak, if you’d like to hire me, or just have a friendly conversation, please contact me here.  To see some of my work, visit my portfolio page here.