Me

Hi, my name is James and I am an artist, graphic designer, front-end developer, and game writer based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I have nearly a decade of professional experience creating and managing projects for print and web, with an emphasis on UX design.

Before that, I've been building websites since I was thirteen back in a day when I thought it was cool to proudly display a "Built with Notepad" badge on my sites. Twenty years later, I've dropped the badge, but I'm still building websites by hand.

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contact

801–543–9125
jgabrielsen@gmail.com
LinkedIn
Github

technologies & skills

HTML5

CSS3

Sass

SMACSS

JavaScript

jQuery

AngularJS

Responsive Development

Bootstrap

Skeleton

Wordpress

Kirby CMS

Git / Version Control

UX Design

Analytics

User Interviews

Persona Development

Wireframing

Rapid Prototyping

A/B Testing

Photoshop

Illustrator

education

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY

Graduated 2011

BS English and Visual Art
Course work included:

Graphic Design

Typography

Drawing

Painting

Color Theory

Grid-Based Layout

Photography

Technical Writing

Literary Critical Analysis

experience

FRONT-END WEB DEVELOPER – Blink Worldwide

December 2015 to Present

HTML5, CSS3, Sass, jQuery, AngularJS, PHP, Git, Kirby, Wordpress, Photoshop, Illustrator, UX Design, Persona Development, Wireframing, InVision, Rapid Prototyping

  • Built responsive interactive quiz for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for the 30th anniversary of the original “This is your brain on drugs” campaign using HTML, CSS, and jQuery.
  • Comprehensive UX design for Vivial and mGage, including development of personas, sitemaps, wireframes, and click paths.
  • UX design for LogicSource, including development of personas, wireframes, and click paths.
  • Built responsive interface for a rapidly prototyped iOS mobile app for Black Diamond.
  • Contributed significant development work for BluonEnergy.com, including responsive layout using Bootstrap, and a custom cost-savings calculator built with AngularJS.
  • Single-handedly built a responsive website with custom-crafted administration panel, including developing a new plugin for the Kirby CMS from scratch, for Coastal Construction, a high end real estate company.

WEB DESIGNER & FRONT-END DEVELOPER – Daz Productions

November 2014 to October 2015

HTML5, CSS3, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Git, Magento, Photoshop, Wireframing, UX Design

  • Designed and developed usability improvements for the Daz3d.com Magento store, including improving the responsive implementation.
  • Designed an embeddable store module for the Daz Studio software that matched the existing UI and provided a seamless experience for purchasing 3D assets while using the software.
  • Designed and built a wishlist indicator button for the Daz3d.com store, leading to a small but notable improvement in sales.
  • Redesigned the Daz3d Forum (which has 1.4 million registered users) from the ground up using Vanilla Forums.
  • Built a responsive online compatibility reference for the various releases of Daz3D models using HTML, CSS, and jQuery.

MARKETING CREATIVE MANAGER – Allen Communication Learning Services

January 2014 to November 2014

Art Direction, Market Research, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, Wireframing, Rapid Prototyping

  • Designed and created all art assets for the marketing department, including for marketing campaigns, web sites, and blog posts during the company’s most profitable year in its history.
  • Conducted market research to design objectives based on user profiles, web analytics, competitor analysis, and client interviews.
  • Designed and built responsive landing pages utilizing parallax effects and complex animations using HTML, CSS, and jQuery
    Redesigned the corporate logo system and created a new brand standards style guide.

PROJECT MANAGER – TechMediaNetwork (Purch)

April 2013 to January 2014

Agile Project Management (Scrum), Pivotal Tracker

  • Managed up to five simultaneous projects in an agile environment, coordinating stakeholder priorities with ground-level teams (design, development, editorial, sales, and advertising).
  • Managed the rebranding and mobile-responsive redesigns globally viewed sites, including LiveScience (11 million monthly visitors), Space.com (5.8 million monthly visitors), LAPTOP
    (6.2 million monthly visitors), and BusinessNewsDaily (2.1 million monthly visitors).
  • Managed the implementation of automatic back-end accounting tools for HermanStreet.com.

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER – TechMediaNetwork (Purch)

October 2008 to April 2013

Art Direction, Print Layout, HTML, CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Wireframing, UX, A/B Testing, Analytics Research

  • Redesigned the HermanStreet.com shopping cart from scratch, increasing conversion by 30%.
  • Redesigned Top10Reviews page templates to improve UX and increase page views 80-160%.
  • Designed websites, ecommerce sites, internal web-based tools, banner ads, and print materials using Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML, and CSS.