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What I do

I am developing my skills right now. I'm willing to work on projects, in any of the three areas below, that seem unique and interesting. Contact me, and we'll see where we can go from there.

Web Design

I'm learning to create visual style for web applications, both in the browser and in graphic design programs such as PhotoShop, Illustrator, and Fireworks.

Web Development

I'm working on developing skills in front- and back-end environments. I'm especially interested in io.js, new HTML5 APIs, CSS3, and Tent libraries. Oh, and QA.

Writing & Social

I'm an excellent writer. However, I want more experience writing in a variety of situations, on a variety of topics. I love writing docs, bug reports, and social media/blog posts.

Who I Am

I'm a savvy student

I'm working on a combined BA/MA in Communication and Information Design/Information Design and Technology.

I'm currently a student at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, as a Junior in the Communication & Information Design program. I plan on going through with the combined program for a Masters in Information Design and Technology.

My degree is geared more toward design even though I personally prefer development more. Design comes more naturally to me, though, so I feel more confident getting a degree in it. Design is also 50% of the job I want, so it doesn't hurt to find areas that I excell in and focus on working with those.

I love programming. Specifically, web programming. I'm not the hugest fan of some of the more traditional Computer Science concepts, such as data structures, trees, hashes, graph theory, sorting, and so on, as I've found them harder to learn than what's typically needed for web programming. I am interested in tools such as io.js and Rails; I prefer JavaScript as a tool for just about everything, and am willing to learn Ruby and its associated frameworks since it's so pervasive. Python, C, C++, Java, and so on are not within my scope of interest, especially not in an academic setting.

I'm a delicate designer

Why settle for mediocrity when there is so much more available with just a little effort?

I'm interested in design. I like to see beautiful websites, but I love to create them. My goal is to always create a superb piece of work. There's no room for visual errors when all it takes to prevent them is a little bit of my time. Why settle for mediocrity when there is so much more available with just a little effort?

I'm very interested in interpreting others' designs. I try to understand the process that went on while the designer was creating a piece, and what decisions led to each facet of the finished product. I learn from what the designer did, and try to apply it to my experience to better the end product of my labor whenever I can.

I'm a careful coder

Design and development are part of the whole, and the whole is what I want to create.

I love to develop--to code--exactly as much as I love to design. The two are inseparable to me, and it's hard to imagine how others focus on only server-size programming, or only visual design. There's no separation between the two to me. Design and development are part of the whole, and the whole is what I want to create.

Like my designs, I try to learn from anywhere I can. I always take a look at how a certain effect was created with CSS or JavaScript when one appeals to me. I always try to understand the logic and functionality behind an open-source project that I'm interested in, or am going to use. There is definitely a finite amount of places you can learn from, but there is too much for one person to take in within their lifetime--there's no end to the knowledge and kindness that's available for free on the Internet, in a book, or from a conversation.

I'm a wonderful writer

It feels really good to express my thoughts though a medium that allows me to guide how other people think ...

Writing is something I love to do. It feels really good to express my thoughts though a medium that allows me to guide how other people think about topics I'm interested in. I can never write enough about design, or code, or protocols, or issues, or whatever else you can think of within the scope of design and development. There's no end to it, and I couldn't be happier about that.

Writing is a style of living to me. Nearly one-hundred percent of our culture has lost its ability to write with proper syntax and grammar. This is okay with most people. I don't care what other people do, but I want to express myself through words in the way they were constructed to be used, not some amalgamation of what teens of the '00s thought was best. There's never going to be an objectively bad result from writing correctly, but there is, eventually, going to be one from writing incorrectly. I never want to be part of the illiterate culture that has gripped people my age.

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