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AngelaGiese

Ui/Front-end Web Developer

Web Developer, nerd, and crazy cool person

Hey there! What can I say about myself? I love to code and make websites easy to use on any device and any browser. My job is to help create great experiences for your users, plus provide an easy service so you can focus on other aspecs of your business and get on with your day.

My experiences have led me to working with small businesses and large corporations. I've worked on lots of content management systems like WordPress, custom solutions, and even static HTML websites. Co-ordination with designers, marketers, and management/owners is no problem at all as I'm mostly a programmer and prefer to stick with coding. Often I create custom frameworks and documentation for my projects and can teach and mentor the best web development methods and strategies.

As for me personally I am a huge nerd and love games, anime, cosplay, reading, sci-fi and fantasy shows. Plus I like crafts and have a ton of interests, which makes me a polymath. You could call me a 'real' and fair person with a casual and friendly demeanor. Watch out for my potty mouth, though.

Currently I am self employed and getting ready to offer new development and other website services to small business owners, solopreneurs, nonprofits, and normal people.

Why work with me?

Correct code

Clean, modular, lightweight code. I'm the jerk who often re-writes plugins, stylesheets, and other scripts so they work better.

Quick turnaround

I often do the work of multiple people in half the time, and the quality of my work is still great somehow. I'm a witch.

WordPress dev

Custom theme and plugin development, security, support, plus consultation on how to use that crazy thing called WordPress people love.

Entrepreneur

Since I love to create themes, plugins and frameworks for others to use I started Code Rocket. Hire me to help with your website.

  • Female nerd dev
  • WordPress Guru
  • Codes like a champ
  • 100+

    Amazon e-books coded
  • Shelter dog owner

Resume

- Education -

  • Indiana Tech

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

    Minor in Web Design
    2003-2007

    Web development, web design, Photoshop, e-commerce, database structure, and more related business and computer courses. Honor roll every year, helped out with the school newspaper occasionally.

- Volunteer -

  • Monroeville Indiana

    Website admin, volunteer

    monroevillein.com
    2007-2016

    Supervising activities, clean up, and minor mentoring from 2007-2009. Ongoing website admin help as needed.

  • Code with me: Portland

    Mentor

    codewithme.us/portland
    May 2013

    Mentoring journalists as they learn basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills. Answering questions, helping with projects, being an all around cool person as they started to understand the banes of being a programmer.

  • Cornerstone Youth Center

    Website admin, volunteer

    cornerstoneyc.org
    2007-2016

    Supervising activities, clean up, and minor mentoring from 2007-2009. Ongoing website admin help as needed.

- Employment -

  • T-Mobile

    Web Developer

    January 2016 - May 2017

    Developer for Support and internal websites at the T-Mobile headquarters in Bellevue WA. User interface and experience improvements across multiple websites. Rapid bug fixing and task completion using HTML 5, JavaScript & jQuery, and CSS. Project planning and management with Atlassian's Jira and Confluence. Version control first with SVN then with Git. Command line usage for Sass and Git. Spearheaded and created custom front-end framework for use by dev team on various projects, including a public facing one soon to be released. Creating and maintaining documentation on projects and tools. Training fellow team members on tools and resources. Collaboration with developers, designers, project managers, and customers to ensure proper specs and solutions are agreed upon and results will meet the needs of everyone.

  • Microsoft via Aquent LLC

    Contract UI Developer

    April 2013 - Dec 2015

    Web Developer on the DevDiv User Experience team under the Visual Studio umbrella of the company. Worked closely with engineers and designers to deliver quality web pages and proof of concept mock-ups for MSDN, Visual Studio, TechNet, Windows Phone, Curah, and more Microsoft websites. Various CSS and HTML bug fixes as requested daily for the various Microsoft websites.

  • Amazon via Experis

    Contract Web Developer

    September 2012 - January 2013,
    October 2011 - March 2012

    HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Photoshop development for content to be used on Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD devices exclusively. Collaboration with Quality Assurance and management to ensure quality products that meet specifications. Deadline-driven environment.

  • The Seattle Times

    Web Designer/Developer

    August 2009 - October 2011

    HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and Photoshop front-end development for the classifieds web sites plus the news web site. Conversion of Photoshop mockups to fully functional web pages. Cross browser and cross platform testing. Custom content management system templating. Third party template creation. HTML email templates for marketing. Collaboration with designers, editors, quality assurance, and managers to complete projects on schedule.

  • DesignFactore, Inc.

    Web Developer

    August 2008 - June 2009

    HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, and MySQL for both front-end and back-end development. Custom content management system creation, database storage solutions, payment gateway integration, WordPress development, static web site development. Conversion of Photoshop mockups from the design team to fully functional web pages. Self quality assurance, time management, and cross-browser testing.

My Key Skills

Semantic HTML5 & CSS3
Sass & LESS
jQuery & JavaScript
Agile & Scrum
Project Management
PHP & MySQL
WordPress
Photoshop

Portfolio

Curah front-end build

T-Mobile

Support and internal websites.

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile

Developer for Support and internal websites at the T-Mobile headquarters in Bellevue WA. User interface and experience improvements across multiple websites. Rapid bug fixing and task completion using HTML 5, JavaScript & jQuery, and CSS. Project planning and management with Atlassian's Jira and Confluence. Version control first with SVN then with Git. Command line usage for Sass and Git. Spearheaded and created custom front-end framework for use by dev team on various projects, including a public facing one soon to be released. Creating and maintaining documentation on projects and tools. Training fellow team members on tools and resources. Collaboration with developers, designers, project managers, and customers to ensure proper specs and solutions are agreed upon and results will meet the needs of everyone.

Starting in October 2017 I began working on the T-Mobile Support website re-design project. My job largely involved custom theme work on the content management system using the company Design Resource Guide and design mockups from stakeholders. I created a custom front-end framework from scratch for our team which matches the DRG and implemented it on this project. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Freemarker, and Google Closure are the main programming languages involved.

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Curah front-end build

Curah front-end build

New website for Microsoft

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Curah front-end build

Curah front-end build

One major project for me at Microsoft was with Curah! front-end development and styling. This was a brand new website and project for Microsoft and needed created from the ground up. I worked closely with developers and designers, converting Photoshop designs into working HTML/CSS/JavaScript templates, which back-end developers built off of for their coding. This website was built responsively from the beginning and works on tablets and mobile phones.

After website launch I was often called back to fix style bugs as new features were added to the website. As final tasks for the project I implemented Twitter Boostrap and LESS for the developers to have better styling tools as they continue to improve the website with new features.

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Wordament case study CSS

Wordament case study CSS

Tackling new website templates

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Wordament case study CSS

Wordament case study CSS

Styling with CSS for a new page template, starting with Wordament. Care was given to implement this to work and easy to use with a custom content management system, plus making it responsive. This was a new type of page for MSDN, as three-column content like this hadn't been done before.

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MSDN Forum UX Refresh

MSDN Forum UX Refresh

Tackling new website templates

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MSDN Forum UX Refresh

MSDN Forum UX Refresh

Microsoft brought me in as a contractor in 2013 to help with the UX re-design of the MSDN forums. They needed a CSS expert to help with styling the forums to match the new UX branding for each area: MSDN, Windows Phone, Windows, Visual Studio, Office, TechNet, etc.

My primary responsibility on this project was to make sure styling was made to match design guidelines for each brand, while making sure each forum looked like the others. I worked closely with developers and designers alike to ensure consistency between forums while matching brand guidelines for each website's developer forums.

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Amazon.com kindle e-books

Amazon.com kindle e-books

Tackling new website templates

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Amazon.com kindle e-books

Amazon.com kindle e-books

During 2011-2013 I was hired on by Amazon to help work on content for their Kindle Fire at the time it was released, then again months later. The team I was on programmed children's picture e-books, comics, cookbooks, and others so they would work right on the Kindle Fire.

Some of the books I helped work on (out of hundreds):

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The Temporary People

Monroeville Indiana

New website for Chamber of Commerce

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Monroeville Indiana

Monroeville Indiana

The Monroevile Indiana Chamber Of Commerce needed a new website pretty desperately. Their previous one had been maintained on an old FrontPage build. Yes, really. I got them set up on WordPress so they can make website updates themselves. Settings were configured, plugins were added, the photo gallery was updated, contact forms were added, they got lots of new informative pages about different services and events for the town, and so much more. I still volunteer help maintaining this website as it is my hometown and I have family on the board.

This project involves:

  • WordPress setup & maintenance
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Contact form
  • Image gallery
  • Video embedding
  • Calendar embedding
  • Social media
The Temporary People

The Temporary People

Tackling new website templates

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The Temporary People

The Temporary People

This fantastic Seattle-based improv group wanted a new design for their website. I set them up with a new design, new code, a photo gallery, contact form, social media icons, Twitter status widget, SEO improvements, and more. (Site no longer active)

This project involved:

  • HTML/CSS
  • SEO
  • Contact form
  • Image gallery
  • Video embedding
  • Social media
Cove School

Cove School

WordPress theme change

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Cove School

Cove School

This school which focuses on childrens' social and emotional learning wanted an updated look for their website. They already had a WordPress website with lots of content, so with a new theme and help from me getting it installed and the content moved over, plus some content updates, their website looks fresh and clean which should help their customers.

This project is a few years old now and most likely looks differently nowadays.

This project involved:

  • WordPress
  • Re-design
  • Contact form
  • Image sliders
  • Blog
  • Social media
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Cornerstone Youth Center

Cornerstone Youth Center

WordPress theme change

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Cornerstone Youth Center

Cornerstone Youth Center

This non-profit received a new WordPress installation and design. The old website was on an old content management system and was no longer functioning properly.

I installed WordPress, transferred over pages, added a Google calendar, configured the WordPress theme, created graphics for the homepage, created random/rotating text on right of home page, added buttons and elements to the header, added the dark wood background image, created a script to hide email addresses from spam bots, and more.

My re-design work was mostly pre-2016. They have a new theme now and are under new management nowadays.

This project involved:

  • WordPress
  • Re-design
  • Google Map embed
  • Google Calendar embed
  • Image sliders
  • Blog
  • Social media
  • Custom coding
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The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times

Front-end on multiple sites

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The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times

I worked for The Seattle Times Company for two years (2009-2011), working as Web Designer for both the news and marketplace websites.

One of the projects I worked on for them was the home page re-design of seattletimes.com. I worked extensively on the new global stylesheet, organizing and thinking through classes and styles that will be used for years onward. I also helped build the structure for the homepage. When we launched I had cut down the amount of CSS (style code) 75% and page load time decreased.

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Stuff people say about me

  • Female nerd dev
  • 100+

    Amazon e-books coded
  • Git user
  • 2000+

    Tweets
  • Shelter dog owner

Contact

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Currently I am NOT available for employment or freelancing.

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