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Michael States

Frontend Web Developer
Barto, Pennsylvania

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Prolific, well-rounded, web designer and developer with a passion to build interactive, pixel-perfect designs, focusing on intuitive user experiences, and fully-compliant multi-platform responsive layouts.

Skills

Language


  • JavaScript (10 years)
  • HTML5 (18 years)
  • CSS3 (16 years)
  • PHP (4 years)

Libraries/ API


  • Node.js (3 years)
  • jQuery (8 years)
  • Gulp (2 years)
  • AlpineJS (1 year)

Framework / CMS


  • Bootstrap (8 years)
  • Tailwind CSS (2 years)
  • Wordpress (12 years)
  • Drupal (5 years)

Tools


  • Visual Studio
  • GitHub
  • Adobe (Expert-Level)
  • JIRA
  • Google Analytics

Storage


  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • phpMyAdmin

Methodologies


  • Agile workflow
  • Design thinking
  • Prototyping
  • Accessibility
  • REST API

Relevant Projects



Tower Health Website

An online presence for visitors, patients, healthcare providers, and insurance to interact with the healthcare giant, Tower Health. This project utilized Drupal, Pattern-Lab and custom-built responsive layouts.

  • Technologies: JavaScript, CSS3, HTML5, PHP, GitHub, AJAX, jQuery, Photoshop, D8+
  • Responsibility: Entire front-end style and responsive development (apply design thinking process, complete setup, configuring, maintaining tools and frameworks that improve productivity, produce wireframe designs, and extensive 3rd-party apps integration (EPIC)

My thoughts: I had the incredible opportunity to act as the sole front-end designer/developer working directly within the Reading Hospital of Tower Health. The experience of working in the healthcare industry on a "front-line" basis with first-hand patient interaction has truly gained me an appreciation for accessibility.

Work Experience

Frontend Developer (Temporary)

The Lightstream Group  •  September 2020 - Present

  • Worked directly with junior developers to ensure best practices and company standards were followed as they learned new technologies
  • Designed and developed websites mainly in WordPress CMS, with a focus on meeting WCAG 2.1 AA level standards for several short-term projects
  • Worked closely with designers to ensure mockups sent for client approval could be developed within the project timeline and budget
  • Helped with pixel perfect replications of design mockups for marketing materials, such as landing pages and HTML emails.

Notable projects: Ridgewood Savings / Lightstream

Front-End Developer / Designer

Freelance  •  July 2006 - Present

  • Developed robust web applications utilizing the latest in modern web development tools, JavaScript/jQuery, and PHP primarily
  • Designed user-interfaces and prototyped user experiences with Adobe XD and InVisionApp
  • Extensive experience building within Wordpress, and Drupal

Specialties: Product design and management, business development, experience strategy, user-centered design, technology strategy and management

Frontend Drupal Developer

Tower Health  •  September 2019 - February 2021

towerhealth.org

  • Responsible 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
  • 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 (D8), GIT, Siteimprove, Adobe (Expert), Google Analytics, JIRA (Agile workflow), InVision, and Pattern-Lab methodologies

Reason for leaving: Unfortunately, there was a company-wide layoff due to COVID



Creative Director | Founder

BoothWise Photo Company  •  November 2012 - July 2019

  • The owner and operator of a profitable “photography-first” marketing company specializing in creating awareness for live events or special occasions
  • 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 user analytics from multiple social media platforms on location
  • Charity sponsored annually for the WMGK Jon DeBella Dog Walk  event that has generated revenue with over 2+ million unique social impressions with station branded content to support animal welfare
  • Notable clients: GoggleWorks, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Bear Creek Ski Resort, WMGK, WMMR, Aetna Health, Accolade, ASPCA

Website: michaelstates.com
Wordpress - Custom theme, ACF, GF, jQuery, PHP

Lead Web Designer / Project Manager

Media Fusion Technologies  •  January 2008 - May 2010

  • Created and maintained websites and applications for large corporations, major universities, public institutions, and private organizations
  • Provided recommendations for optimizing their proprietary .NET framework
  • Key responsibilities were web page design and layout, UX/UI, DNS creation, and performed organic/paid SEO methodologies on pre-existing clients
  • Performed the role of project lead for multiple marketing campaigns with A/B testing of email campaigns
  • Managed a junior developer and a designer
  • Notable clients: Hatfield Meats, H&K, Buckmans, Philadelphia Phillies, SV Sports

Web Developer

UniTek USA  •  January 2006 - August 2008

  • Technical abilities utilized were HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Adobe Creative Suite, GIT workflow, and MySQL database management
  • Worked directly with the CEO of a multi billion-dollar communications company to provide real-time data and analytics to board members and investor groups
  • Created several technical user guides for over 15,000 active DIRECTV installers
  • Worked with additional software developers for the development of the company intranet
  • Completed front-end design, UX/UI, for several risk & safety cloud-based mobile applications to be utilized by over 45,000 national field technicians of DIRECTV. This application was built utilizing the PHP framework Symfony
  • Application layout of all front-end related design aspects
  • Built web-based calculators using PHP to show return on investments to finance. These calculators included custom graph integration with currency conversions
  • Email A/B testing for marketing campaigns

Education

Full Sail University

Computer Animation  •  2002 - 2004

Relevant coursework: Color Theory, Typography, Storyboarding, Computer Science and Networking, Photography, Digital Design Practices. Business skills including Presentation Skills, Copyrights, Team Collaboration, Project Management, Time Management

Most-Recent Recommendations

Nicky Paul

Tower Health // Marketing & Social Media

Chrystal Schardt, MBA

Tower Health // Strategic Marketer

Mike’s dedication and hard work show right away. He always carries a friendly demeanor, even while under pressure. He has the foresight to assess a task from every angle to ensure it is successfully completed. His ability to think outside of the box to solve complex problems proved to be very helpful in achieving our collective team goals. Mike was a valuable asset to our team and a pleasure to work with.
I found Mike to be a hard worker and willing to pitch in with whatever was needed. He possessed a toolbox of skills that went above what the position required. He is a team player and a genuinely caring and kind person.
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