• Work experience
  • August 2014 - Current

    Make:

    Javascript Architect in San Francisco, CA

    Front-End Architect on the core engineering team building a brand new social network for the Maker Movement (and Maker Faire) using AngularJS, SCSS, and a Rails backend.

  • March 2014 - August 2014

    ThreatStream

    Lead Front End Engineer in Silicon Valley, CA

    ThreatStream was a startup with an amazing network security product that was highly profitable and had enormous blue chip client traction before I arrived. However, their front end was literally loading from directories of individual Bootstrap HTML templates, heavily intermixed with python code. It was slow, clunky, threw a white flash (full page download) on every user action, and had an exciting amount of room for improvement.

    As the lead front-end engineer, I worked closely with ThreatStream's amazing architect (Jay Taylor) to move all the backend logic out of HTML templates and into apis I could tap into, and I architected an API-driven SPA with AngularJS. Despite having a widely varied and data-heavy product, we launched a v1 prototype of the single page app within 60 days. After v1 launched I spent the next four months on a total UI overhaul, improving all interactions, optimistically loading events, and building new data visualizations with D3.js.

    By the time I had been at ThreatStream for 6 months (still as the sole front-end engineer), we had completely modernized and smoothed out the feel of the app, launched multiple iterative improvements of the platform, and I had built up Protractor & Karma testing to almost 100% coverage. The code was squeaky clean, tested, linted, and of course perfectly indented.

  • April 2013 - March 2014

    Sears Holdings Corp.

    Front-End Engineer, Solutions Consultant in Chicago, IL

    As a consultant with AIM Consulting I was contracted by Sears Holdings Corp. to help push their web platform forward. The primary product we built was the current generation of their popular Gift Registry, as a single page AngularJS app that we made to be fully responsive and cross-browser compatible (including running persistently on in-store touchscreen Android kiosks). I worked on a small team consisting of Alesei Narkevitch and myself, expanding later to bring on the very talented Gregory Talarico. The app we built is currently live on Sears.com, Kmart.com, and ShopYourWay.com. Another hat I wore during this time was that of the primary thought leader on technology for AIM's Chicago office, writing white papers and giving talks.
    Sears™ Gift Registry
    kmart™ Gift Registry
    Shop Your Way™ Gift Registry

  • February 2013 - April 2013

    Allstate Insurance

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    Software consultant and lead developer with AIM Consulting on a project for Allstate, onsite at the Allstate campus in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. My daily roles included both extensive hands-on coding with Javascript, HTML, CSS, and providing subject matter expertise on front-end development and UI for internal enterprise web applications for national use by AllState agents.

  • January 2013 - February 2013

    New Control

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    At New Control I was the lead developer on small scale corporate web applications such as the register53card.com form and admin panels for Fifth Third Bank. As an agency we also offered hand-coded responsive pixel-perfect HTML emails that were compatible across all major desktop and mobile email clients on Windows, OSX, iOS, and Android.

  • December 2012 - January 2013

    Lady Gaga's Born Brave Foundation.

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    Born Brave Chicago - responsive community platform for the University of Chicago's Ci3 with Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. My role in this project was full stack development (and design) of a participatory website for the movement. I ran up a LAMP stack and built a Wordpress site and theme with a heavily customized admin panel. The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago is a faculty-led initiative to advance sexual and reproductive health.

  • September 2012 - December 2012

    Human Solutions, Inc.

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    Client project for a responsive redesign and overhaul of the Human Solutions Inc. website. Hand-coded static site built with HTML, CSS, and Javascript with jQuery.

  • March 2012 - September 2012

    Tampico Beverage Corp.

    Development Lead in Chicago, IL

    Interactive advertising game for Tampico Beverages in conjunction with Branger_Briz advertising. Players design and bash a pinata and send it to their friends, after which they are entered into a raffle together to win a matched set of Fiat 500s, bikes, and other prizes. The game was comprised of a facebook app and a connected iPad app. I was the lead dev on the iPad app, and managed both the on-site and offshore engineering teams.

  • July 2010 - May 2012

    Art Junction

    Front End Developer in Chicago, IL

    I was the developer and ongoing site admin of Art Junction from 2010-2012. The project began with an initial overhaul to the wordpress blog, and continued with regular maintenance and updates, and onto a complete redesign of the whole site in December 2012. The current site is designed as a responsive wordpress theme with a sticky top menu in desktop mode. I incorporated the Twitter API as well as photostreams from Pinterest, Flickr, and Instagram.

  • 2007 - 2010

    WINDOW CLEANER

    Javascript Developer in Chicago, IL

    Window Cleaner is a game I made with Javascript, Unity3D, Maya, and a motion capture setup at SAIC. My focus was on ambiance, sound, and environmental design. The game has a full day/night cycle, dynamic weather, and a lot of other subtle details. It has exhibited in galleries in Germany (at the NotGamesFest), New York, and Chicago, and has received acclaim from some notable experimental game critics. If you google "Let's Play Window Cleaner" you'll find a video from a German critics which now has over half a million views! Trailer. Github Repo.

  • Education
  • MFA; Art & Technology; Creative Code

    School of The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL

    My thesis was creative code, in the cutting edge Art &Technology major. I won the John Quincy Adams Fellowship Award for my work there, and the corresponding grant!

  • BFA; Art & Technology; Creative Code

    University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

    The digital arts and sciences program crosses college boundaries between engineering and fine arts. After passing the 3rd year selective portfolio review panel for Art & Technology I was accepted into the creative code and multimedia BFA track. I received several awards and scholarships for my work as a student here.

  • Contact
  • Location

    San Francisco

    Mobile

    616 606 0636

    Email

    wes@wesww.com

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