Hello, I’m Nick and I am a

Web Designer / Developer

UI/UX and graphic designer in the DC metro area

And I can develop

Drupal and Wordpress

Content Management System Websites

While rockin' out some

Responsive Web Design

and a few tunes on guitar too!

About

Over 10 years experience as a web designer, graphic designer, front-end developer, UI/UX specialist and print specialist.

Specializing in the latest cross media design applications such as Adobe Creative Suite applications (Dreamweaver CC, InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Fireworks CC, Acrobat XI Pro, DPS App/PhoneGap Builder, Contribute, Bridge CC, Edge CC, Reflow CC, Inspect CC and many more), Extensis Suitcase and LinoType FontExplorer X font management software, MS Office 2011 Suite, MS Visio 2007, ABBYY FineReader OCR, CD/DVD authoring, media encoding/compression, digital scanning systems and utilizing the latest standards in web design/development with HTML5 and CSS3 along with accessible, standards-based implementations and modern trends in web/mobile design.

Experience
January 2014 – Present
FRB Logo
Federal Reserve Board
Washington, DC 20551
Web Designer/Developer

Serves as a Web Designer/Front-End Developer responsible for wireframing, prototyping, developing, testing and validating HTML5 pages using CSS, JavaScript and jQuery standards with semantic markup and special considerations, such as Responsive/Adaptive Web Design for all major desktop browsers (including mobile WebKit browsers), using appropriate graphics and established style guidelines, usability best practices, and Section 508/WCAG accessibility requirements.

Manages and maintains numerous websites, including PubWeb (federalreserve.gov), Inside the Board, and other Board internal and external websites, making updates as requested by clients and ensuring timely turnaround of edits, corrections, and design changes and improvements.

Led efforts in the PubWeb redesign process to develop RWD templates for the News & Events section and all the Publications and Reports pages. Drafted and implemented coding and navigation standards backed by research of best practices in UX and web standards to drive the development process. This high-profile and complex project extended over long periods of time, working closely with accessibility specialists, public info officers/editors, back-end programmers for the CMS to accomplish these final templates to be implemented into the future launch of the redesign.

Integrated new web technologies such as HTML5 video/players to replace Flash video/players with WebVTT caption technology for both the PubWeb redesign and Inside the Board websites, collaborated with IT to migrate ColdFusion search application to new Sharepoint search application within the Inside the Board internal website.

May 2007 – January 2014
DoD Logo
Department of Defense
Washington, DC 20301
Visual Information Specialist (Web & Print)

Serves as a Web and Graphic Designer responsible for implementing interactive features using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and Section 508 standards across all domains with semantic markup and special considerations, such as Responsive Web Design, for all major desktop browsers as well as mobile WebKit browsers. Experienced with SEO and web analytics performance systems.

Maintains up-to-date, thorough knowledge of how web browsers work (e.g., DOM, APIs, CSS box model, etc), implementing the latest features and standards, as well as aware of the interplay between HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Familiar with leveraging JavaScript/jQuery libraries when solving problems.

Analyzes requirements, conducts research, and responsible for the design and production of web graphics, print publications, infographics, posters, logos/seals, display products, kiosk displays and corridor exhibits for support to all levels of officials in any or all of the subject matter fields within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Well-versed in fundamental visual and interactive design disciplines and capable to lead development efforts on large scale web-based projects, ensuring long term solutions.

Self-starter and works independently and/or on a team, as required, reacting quickly and efficiently to new and changing demands.

March 2007 – Present
TCA Logo
The Creative Armada, LLC
Arlington, VA 22206
Founder, Web Designer/Developer

Founded company, The Creative Armada, to provide graphic design and web publishing freelance services to small and large, start-up and non-profit businesses in the Washington metro areas, working primarily evenings and weekends.

Creates and redesigns web sites implementing content management systems (Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla), and provides user-friendly web/mobile interfaces for diverse clients including the Gannett Company, GH Clark Construction, Potomac Health Associates, Siren Digital Communications, Randstad Creative & Technical Services, Reinventing Geospatial Inc., Threespot Media, XTEC, 2nd Green Revolution and more.

Provides services such as brand identity, websites, publications for print and tablet/mobile devices, and social media marketing and integration.

Performs quality control and functionality testing of web sites using multiple web and mobile browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera).

Manages multiple projects with sensitivity to deadlines.

September 2003 – March 2007
GPO Logo
Government Printing Office
Washington, DC 20401
Electronic Publishing Specialist

Provided technical support to in-house production departments and 100+ federal government agencies for multiple print and web publishing software packages.

Updated information on GPO’s Electronic Publishing department web site using HTML, CSS coding and knowledge of Section 508 compliance.

Conceived Digital Conversion Services (DCS) Department, which consists of converting printed material into digital print and web deliverables. Have overseen growth from startup to 20 staff.

Perform physical creation and production of template layouts, presentations, style sheets, tables, charts, graphics, illustrations and other visual elements to produce publication material or for plant operations management department as requested.

Scanned and convert photographs, seals, logos and drawings into digital images and manipulated accordingly for reproduction of government material.

Designed the content management process for DCS, including specifications, workflow, operating procedures, file naming and submission.

Introduced and trained Press/Prepress department to ensure adherence to ISO standards for 4-color print production.

Tested and evaluated inks and substrates and calibrated digital halftone color proofing system to match for color.

Implemented a PDF/X workflow, training operators in the Best Practices for high quality print production.

June 2002 – August 2003
RIT Logo
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623
Prepress Lab Manager, Prepress and Publishing Lab

Managed Department of 20+ Lab Assistants while attending graduate school. Maintained equipment consisting of over 50 MacIntosh workstations, and the following output devices: Agfa SelectSet 5000, Scitex Dolev4Press, Kodak Approval, Fuji PictroProof, Xerox DocuColor 2060, Iris Realist, Canon ColorPass 5000, 3M Matchprint, and Fuji ColorArt.

Updated standard operating procedures for the Prepress and Publishing Labs.

Resolved all equipment and computer workstation technical issues.

Trained lab assistants on all equipment.

March 2000 – August 2002
CMD Visual Communications
Rochester, NY 14611
Associate Graphic Designer / Production Artist

Created design material used to promote products and services for Wegmans Food Markets, including food packaging, signage, and magazine layout.

Produced layout material for the first and second Wegmans Menu magazine.

Maintained corporate brand identity by adhering to brand guidelines and marks.

Utilized multiple design resources to achieve budget considerations and design objectives.

Education
September 2002 – May 2004
RIT Logo
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623
Masters of Science, Print Media

Thesis: An Investigation into the Effectiveness of PDF/X Premedia Workflows

GPA 4.0/4.0 - Highest Honors

Activities and Societies: President, TAGA (Technical Association of the Graphic Arts), RIT Student Chapter. Production Manager, 2003 Student Book Publication, awarded 1st place by TAGA in national competition.

September 2000 – August 2002
RIT Logo
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623
Bachelors of Science, Media Arts and Technology

GPA 3.7/4.0 - High Honors

Activities and Societies: Lead Graphic Designer and Multimedia Designer, 2002 Student Book Publication, awarded 1st place by TAGA in national competition.

Work
Websites/Multimedia
Publications
Logos/Branding
Exhibits / Displays
Promotional Materials
Blog
Connect
Contact Me

No Name was Entered.
No Email was Entered.