I've been coding websites for nearly 3 years now and earned a minor degree in website technology from California State University, Long Beach. The web technology program taught me basic computer science, design aesthetic, user experience psychology and best practices for website accessibility. As part of the curriculum students, myself included, attended an accessibility workshop. In this workshop we simulated what it would be like to live with disabilities such as blindness or deafness. The exercise, intended to make developers aware of the disabilities and therefor follow best practices, was an unforgettable experience that I carry with me going into every project. From then on, I've followed best practices and have designed with the end user in mind.
An important part of my skill-set worth mentioning is my background as a photojournalist. While often I would shoot pictures and work with a writer to get articles published, I also wrote articles myself. Being that most web developers are jack-of-all-trades, it is essential for developers to not only be excellent coders but also excellent writers - which, as part of my experience in the web technologies program, wasn't always the case with other junior web developers. My ability to carefully craft a narrative or artfully design details on a page is what sets me apart from most other entry level developers. I have experience in writing attention grabbing articles, long form stories and relevant website content. As part of being a photojournalist I also designed page layouts with programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I continue to use these programs daily and have become expert with the various tools and methods available for design.
From left to right: Jesus, Jeannine, myself, Brooke, Mimi and professor Dave Winter. A group picture taken of our advanced web development team, Penta Squad. Last semester before graduating class of 2017.