To work with talented people on interesting projects.
I solve client problems and I craft user experiences.
As a seasoned web developer and consultant, I bring to the table over 13 years of expertise in web technologies, platforms, and trends. I've been lucky enough to work with some of the top brands in the world and to be able to work alongside some very talented individuals. My understanding of business needs and technology allow me to bridge these worlds and enable brands to engage | monetize | communicate strategically.
Senior UX Consultant
February 2010 - Present
At Optaros I work with world-class brands and Fortune 100 retailers to develop content, commerce, and community websites. In order to meet these goals, I get to do the following:
Lead requirements gathering and translate those requirements into wireframes
Create prototypes to explore design ideas, support user testing, and obtain stakeholder buy-in
Develop within web application frameworks (e.g., Django, Drupal, Magento)
In addition to the technical stuff, I'm happy to lead innovations efforts within the company and to provide thought leadership around mobile technologies.
Senior Web Developer
May 2007 - February 2010
Created social marketing online communities that help brands, such as Kodak, HP, Sony, Atkins, connect and build relationships with their customers.
Worked in a collaborative environment to bring high-visibility websites to market using a JSP/Java platform.
Most recent project was the Kodak Tips & Projects Exchange - a full-featured community with Facebook Connect, discussion boards, commenting, and user project creation.
Developed many Platform web products and components to be 'skinned' by other developers for client sites
Hand-coded and developed dynamic templates for Community Activity and marketing blast HTML emails
Led effort to standardize platform components into modules with extensible & predictable markup and styles, including implementing an OO CSS approach using CSS as a model
Owner / Freelancer
January 2000 - Present
Web development, consulting, and social media integration for small businesses such as Realtors®, theatre groups, and university organizations.
Recently worked on creating iPhone-optimized website for Do512.com. http://i.do512.com - this included modifying the RoR application MVC to redirect iPhone requests and render the mobile layout.
Specialized in WordPress customizations and plugins
Guided businesses on how to engage their current and potential clients using Twitter, Facebook, and Yelp
Web Development Specialist
August 2005 - May 2007
Developed and maintained websites for Statesman.com, including work on Statesman.com & Austin360.com and complete redesigns of every vertical in the web family. Duties also included on-call status and monitoring/maintenance of nightly vendor data feeds.
Represented AAS on the CMS Working Group for Cox Enterprises interests; Evaluated customization of the Escenic Content Engine
Developed StatesmanJobs.com using JSP/Oracle database
Developed StatesmanCars.com using vendor's propietary MTL
Developed Statesman Shopping web application using Endeca search application (JSP)
Developed Pigskin Pick 'Em game using JSP/Struts
Coldwell Banker Marshall & Marshall Real Estate, Inc.
January 2004 - June 2005
Marketed and sold residential, commercial, and ranch properties
Worked closely with the Fannie Mae HomeSteps program.
Designed interface for multiple student web apps and portals
Updated various departmental websites; Helped troubleshoot database problems
2001-2003 - Completed 2 years of course work at University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Left to pursue web technologies instead.
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Michael Davis, Web Developer, worked directly with Ryan at Powered, Inc.
Allan Joy, Realtor®, was Ryan's client
Ryan has always demonstrated consistency, knowledge depth and breadth, and professionalism that has gone beyond the call of duty on more than one occasion!
Trish McCoy, Online Real Estate/Auto Product Manager, worked directly with Ryan at Austin American-Statesman
I worked with Ryan on the StatesmanHomes and StatesmanCars websites. He was always responsive on web development projects and issues and worked well with third-party vendors. Ryan is definitely an asset to any organization.
Rachel Goldberger Teichman, Online Shopping Product Manager, worked directly with Ryan at Austin American-Statesman
Ryan is very knowledgable, innovative, efficient and easy to work with. He is good at combining ideas given to him with solutions that he comes up with in order to create a successful product.
Mark Pickell, Artistic Director, was Ryan's client
Ryan did a great job developing, hosting, and maintaining our website. He has always been flexible and attends to any issue that might arise quickly. I would highly recommend him for any business needs.
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