Thank you Full Stack.

I’d like to address some of the specifics in your job postings, because it seems like a very good fit for me and I wanted to elaborate. I am using the bullet points from your FED posting, as the tasks outlined there involve WordPress as well. WordPress is my CMS of choice and has been for years, and I also develop HTML/CSS UI template designs and assets. I believe I can perform and produce in both these environments

Design custom websites and WordPress themes
I’ve produced many complete, custom websites on my own, and have also been the sole WordPress developer for creative teams in agile environments (highfive.com is a Google startup and my recent work) as well as a Bootstrap/HTML front end developer for larger international distributed teams (JLG Heavy Industries… please see my portfolio).
Work with Product Managers, Engineers and client stakeholders to ensure that what we’re meeting the needs of the end user
I have worked for a variety of teams and projects in many industries and applications. I am very often at the center of planning for creative, platform and UX. I have a unique combination of design, development and branding experience that is valued and utilized.
Effectively communicate user interaction through deliverables such as wireframes and prototypes
I am an excellent communicator, which is an asset of mine generally. I prefer prototypes as an initial part of any production process. I was encouraged to see this and the question below, as my process is preferably going straight to UI. Whether the site is my design completely, or when I work from designs and wireframes… I believe it’s important to begin studying the way the site behaves and feels from the beginning. I’d rather go through several UIs if necessary, rather than relying on static imagery. I can iterate quickly in WordPress, and always have a set of trusted platforms I am already familiar with customizing.
Wireframe and mockup user interfaces with your design application of choice or in the browser (when appropriate)
Browser! I am a WordPress and Photoshop expert and create great looking UIs. From formal designs or open discussions with creatives and stakeholders… my goal in the early stages is to get everyone clicking and giving their feedback.
Participate as a Product Designer in creating UI/UX for web and mobile applications
Yes please. I am an effective UI designer and developer. I have developed UIs for web applications and mobile, although most of my mobile experience is responsive web products. I’d like very much to have the time and task to study or understudy some Angular or React, and develop UIs for native apps for devices.
Actively participate in design critiques/reviews and product discussions
I believe you’ll find me a solid addition to these types of teams as well. I have years of real-time design and development experience, and am communicative and positive.
Think deeply about the user experience and usability issues
I do this naturally. I’m often obsessing over little things (that are big to me), and are mentally concepting or physically testing methods and versions. Fit and finish is a very important part of what I want represented in my work. I’m excited about working for you because some of the things it sounds like your processes require are things I often wish were more integral or important to budgets of individual clients/projects. If I can participate regularly in discussions with you on on UX, imagery, engagement, performance… that would be a great plus for me.
You can build out your designs
Using WordPress, I am used to building the entire site myself. From initial UI design to publishing. Including choosing and implementing plugins, photo editing and graphics, complete customization, media delivery, membership, WooCommerce, content design, migration, hosting, etc. Especially if it’s my design, but generally as well… I know what WordPress platform I’ll be using, so my initial designs are based on an existing platform. So I am building from the start… and understand the elements and stages of delivering a great product.
QA the implementation of your designs
I identify, and am frank about, the strengths and weaknesses of any one project. I work decisively on what can be improved on. I often have strong opinions but respect and enjoy other opinions and objectivity. Most of all, what I miss in much of my work as an independent is working with a team and benefitting, in many ways, from their experience and perspectives.
You’ve built custom websites before
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You know how to work with WordPress
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Your ability to design exceptional user interfaces is second-to-none
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Mobile and responsive design/development is not an afterthought
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You have a burning passion for providing a great experience to users
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You’re proficient in handcrafting HTML and CSS (particularly HTML5 and CSS3)
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You know enough JavaScript/jQuery to build out your designs
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You get things done whether you’re working autonomously or in a team setting
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Communication skills and the ability to explain your design decisions come naturally
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Hello Smeja Enterprises-

I was very glad to see your job listing last night. I’ve been looking at your products and businesses online, and am excited about the possibilities. Please allow me to tell you what kind of position I am hoping to find and what I bring to that opportunity. I hope I get a chance to hear more about your company, your brands, and the responsibilities of this position.

I’ve been a full time contractor for many years, working in a variety of industries and teams. It has been great for my skills from creative to code. My favorite work however is when I am part of a team, with others who know things I do not… orchestrating great digital environments and user experiences together.

I recently began envisioning and seeking a full time position that would inspire me in this way, and in the kind of transition I hope to make. To trade in the time I spend finding and retaining work, and spend that time instead on further excelling at developing great digital assets. Directing even more of my energy into the latest technologies and sensibilities that drive sophisticated, cutting edge products.

I am a UI geek and brand steward at heart, with a deep background in art and tech. And although a full time position appeals to me very much at this point in my career, it must be a position where I can continue to grow as a designer, developer and marketer. Your position, taking ownership of multiple digital brands, sounds like a good fit. I would love to hear what you have planned for your brands and share my thoughts and capabilities.

A few words I typically share about what I’ve been doing…

I am an experienced, creative front end developer with a rich history in not only web development… but diverse design and branding experience. I have developed large responsive UI sets for distributed enterprise teams using Bootstrap, CSS3, HTML and Javascript. I build these platforms… propose, demonstrate and evaluate UX solutions, brand application, interactive components and messaging techniques… and take the interfaces through CR, browser testing, and integration and implementation stages with developers and stakeholders.

I also have advanced experience with complete design and development using WordPress. I’ve been adopting and customizing RWD in WordPress since very early on and have been building every CMS project using my customized responsive platforms… including large eCommerce and redevelopment projects, startups, B2B, retail, education, entertainment, more. I have been involved in open source communities for many years, and manage and produce the entire design and development process… concept and UI/UX development to migrations and project management… customization, graphics, plugins, media, hosting, management… everything.

In just the last couple of years… I’ve had many opportunities to build many complete websites by myself, and also to work as an FED for design and marketing teams (i.e. highfive.com … a Google startup is my recent work), and for larger, international distributed teams (i.e. JLG Heavy Equipment… see my website). In addition to the work in my website portfolio, I always have projects in the works I’d enjoy showing you.

I am fanatical about UI/UX fit and finish, high quality digital products… and being a valuable resource for most any business development team.

A few notes in specific response to your requirements and preferences for this position…

I am an expert in responsive website development, and enjoy the process of browser and device testing and ownership of high performing products. Much of these same skills apply to HTML emails. Although I have worked on email campaigns, I have more recent experience with the presentation layer side of inbound and engagement programs with Marketo and Salesforce.

Although as a percentage of my work the print projects have become far less… I have produced many high res products in InDesign or Photoshop for print inserts and collateral to 40 ft. tradeshow booths. I have many years of experience managing projects and suppliers.

I have designed corporate and product identities, and helped ownership cultivate their vision for their brand into appropriate imagery, platforms and applications. My other design experience includes many types of content design, photo illustration and editing.

It sounds, and I hope it is… like you are looking for someone with big design and development chops who loves what they do, and will deliver that as fresh creative and growing productivity and capabilities for this area of your business and your brands.

Ultimately I hope to retire my small business activities and processes, and focus on professional excellence, in an environment where growth and passion for innovation is very useful and highly encouraged.

Please take a look at the rest of my brief website including a portfolio of websites from local companies like Sage Products, to Silicon Valley startups. I have a few recent projects not on my site yet that I’d enjoy showing you as well including a WordPress website for Aflac and an online story for Epic Magazine.

Thank you very much for reading, and clicking. I look forward to talking with you.

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Brian