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September 2020 - Present2 yrs0 mosWorked directly with junior developers to ensure best practices and company standards were followed as they learned new technologies. Designed and developed websites, mostly in WordPress CMS, with a focus on meeting WCAG 2.1 AA level standards. Worked closely with designers to ensure mockups sent for client approval could be developed within the project timeline and budget. Coded pixel perfect replications of design mockups for marketing materials, such as landing pages and HTML emails. Technologies utilized were Wordpress, TailwindCSS, Git, Advanced Custom Fields, Gravity Forms
Front-End Developer / Designer
Frontend Drupal Developer
September 2019 - February 20211 yr6 mosResponsible for implementing the Drupal client-side of the Tower Health website; the visual elements that users see and interact with focusing on a user-friendly web experience • This position required a combination of programming skills, and aesthetics, an understanding of element arrangements on the screen, color theory, mobile-first design, and code/asset optimization • Provided strategic and analytical support to internal hospital board members including the Vice President of Communications, gathered detailed requirements, and presented designs for approvals of the next-level web experience of seven hospitals, 22 urgent care facilities, and a network of over 2,200 physicians, specialists, and providers • Ensured all design elements and code standards were ADA compatible resulting in a no barriers experience for clients with disabilities - W3C standards, WCAG 2.0/2.1 AA compliance, Section 508 • Active speaker of multi-week SCRUM meetings with detailed updates on all performed design, development, and accessibility-related topics internally • Technologies utilized were HTML5, CSS3 (SASS), Drupal platform (D8), GIT version control, Siteimprove, Adobe Creative Suite (Expert), Google Analytics, JIRA (Agile workflow), PHP code optimization, InVision prototyping, and Atomic module building via Pattern-Lab and Symfony. towerhealth.org *Reason for leaving was a hospital-wide layoff caused from the pandemic.
Creative Director | Founder
November 2012 - July 20196 yrs9 mosThe operator of a profitable “photography-first” marketing company specializing in creating brand awareness for live events • Pitched over 40 corporate clients with innovative marketing briefs to build brand awareness and social exposure utilizing photo activations • Delivered creative branded content with real-time analytics from multiple social media platforms • Sponsored annually by WMGK for the WMGK Jon DeBella Dog Walk charity event that generates over 2+ million unique social impressions with radio station branded content to support animal welfare • Some of the notable clients are GoggleWorks, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Bear Creek Ski Resort, 102.9 WMGK, 93.3 WMMR, Aetna, Einstein, Accolade Health, ASPCA, Buckman’s Ski Shop, and many more Current website: michaelstates.com (Custom Wordpress build)
Lead Web Designer
January 2008 - May 20102 yrs5 mosCreated and maintained websites and applications for large corporations, major universities, public institutions, and private organizations utilizing • Provided recommendations for optimizing their proprietary .NET template engine • Key responsibilities web page design and layout, UX/UI, DNS creation, and performed organic/paid SEO techniques • Performed the role of project lead for multiple marketing campaigns with A/B testing of email campaigns. • Manager of two additional design-related employees • Projects with notable clients including Hatfield Meats, H&K, Buckman's Ski Shop, Philadelphia Phillies, SV Sports, and many more
Associate’s Degree・Computer Animation
2002 - 2004
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