Overview

A front-end developer with a penchant for programming magic and pixel-perfect design execution, Brian has worked with a wide array of clients including award-winning authors, internationally acclaimed dance artists, non-profit organizations, and web-based startups.

As developer with a designer's beginning, Brian specializes in being able to build products with the technical excellence of an experienced developer, and the finesse of a seasoned designer. Having guided countless web projects from planning to deployment (and all phases in between) and contributing to multiple product development teams both as a line developer and project / technical lead. Brian specializes in process optimization, automation, and all things that enable effective development team dynamics; peer code review, pair programming, build automation, and all things that make for a more efficient dev team.

Versatile with most all things other than databases, Brian's strengths include: front-end development, user experience design, user interface design, CSS(3) & HTML, interaction design.


The List

JavaScript, Backbone.js, Marionette.js, Grunt.js, jQuery, Vagrant (virtualized portable dev environments), SALT Stack(configuration management), Twitter Bootstrap, LESS, HTML/HTML5, Visual Design, UI / UX, Interaction Design, WordPress, Drupal, PHP, object-oriented programming, systems administration, brand identity development, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe InDesign, .NET MVC, digital photography / post production, photo-manipulation, photo retouching, SEO (search engine optimization), version control (git & Mercurial), eCommerce development (Magento, Prestashop, Jigoshop, WooCommerce), Balsamiq, Sublime Text & more.

Name: Brian Feister
Job Title: Designer, Front End Web Developer & Creative Director
Website: dreamstarstudios.com
Portfolio: dreamstarstudios.com
Dribbble: brianfeister
Twitter: @brianfeister
Github: brianfeister
E-mail: brian@dreamstarstudios.com
Phone: 302.562.0308
Address: Newark, Delaware 19711 (USA)

Skills



Front-End Dev

  • CSS (10)
  • HTML (10)
  • jQuery (10)
  • JavaScript (10)
  • Backbone.js / OO JS (8)

Visual Design

  • Photoshop (10)
  • UI (9)
  • UX (9)
  • Illustrator (8)

Interaction Design

  • CSS Animation (10)
  • jQuery DOM Manipulation (10)

Back-End Dev

  • WordPress (9)
  • PHP (8)
  • MVC Frameworks (7)

Miscellaneous

  • Git, Github, Mercurial (10)
  • Command-line / SSH (7)
  • SEO (6)
  • Photo-retouching / manipulation (10)
  • Photography (8)
Visual Design Interaction Design Front End Dev Back End Dev
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Experience



UI Developer (Technical / Project Lead)

Think Brownstone Inc. >> May 2013-Present

Front-end developer and consultant to large organizations like Comcast, Janssen, ADP, etc. Builder of JavaScript web applications, optimizer of workflows, streamliner of processes, technical leader of front-end development teams, and diehard obsessor of development tools.

Worked with the following technologies daily: JavaScript, Grunt.js, Bakcbone.js, Marionette.js, jQuery, JSHint, PHP, WordPress, HTML, Object-Oriented CSS, CSS & JavaScript animations, MVC frameworks, CSS Pre-processors (LESS), git + Github (in a peer-code-reviewed, team environment), and many others. thinkbrownstone.com

Visual / UI / UX Designer / Developer

Timely Network Inc. >> Jun 2012-Dec 2012

Working on a small, yet effective front-end team for the All-in-One Event Calendar WordPress plugin and it's companion (not-yet-public) enterprise web application Time.ly. Strong directional role in product design, branding, and UI / UX / Interaction design & development for both products.

Worked with the following technologies regularly: PHP, JavaScript, WordPress, HTML, Object-Oriented CSS & Programming, CSS & JavaScript animations, MVC frameworks, CSS Pre-processors (LESS), git + Github (in a code-reviewed, team environment), and many others. time.ly

Designer / Front-End Developer

Spruce Media Inc. >> Feb 2012-Jun 2012

Designer & front-end developer for large ASP.NET (MVC) web application. Very well-run product development team that scored a 12 out of 12 on the Joel Test.

Worked with the following technologies regularly: ASP, JavaScript, WordPress, HTML, Object-Oriented CSS & Programming, CSS & JavaScript animations, MVC frameworks, CSS Pre-processors (LESS), git + Github (in a code-reviewed, team environment), and many others. time.ly

Principal / Front End Web Developer / Back End Developer

DreamStar Studios >> Oct 2007-Present

Working closely with a small number of contractors, managing one full-time junior designer / project manager. At least 30 websites have been built from the ground up by DreamStar Studios, having managed all stages of production from wireframing / storyboarding, through mockup, conversion to XHTML / CSS / PHP / WordPress, and deployment to dedicated private server in LAMP environment.

Employing all of the following technologies / development models: Responsive and adaptive layout / theme design with organic SEO considerations. Scalable Modular Architecture for CSS (SMACSS from Jonathan Snook), Twitter Bootstrap (as a boilerplate), LESS (CSS preprocessor), xHTML, CSS2/3, jQuery / javascript, Balsamiq, MVC (Ruby on Rails), ASP.NET MVC, AJAX, RSS, @font-face, SEO, CMS, WordPress (shortcodes, custom functions, custom theming, Roots theme framework), version control (git / Github, Mercurial), MAMP, PHP, MySQL, PHP MyAdmin, eCommerce (Magento, Prestashop, WooCommerce, Jigoshop), SSH, Systems Administrator (sysadmin), Apache, Linux, and various API (YouTube, MailChimp, etc.).

Known for excellence and considered by many to be the best web designer in the NYC performance arts niche market. dreamstarstudios.com

Photographer

Brian Feister Photography >> Nov 2007-Present

Photographer well-known in NYC performing artist community and a frequent guest photographer at exclusive highly acclaimed performance arts productions. brianfeisterphotography.com

Founder / Director

Newark CoWork >> Sep 2010-Present

Acting director (and founder) of Newark CoWork, a community endeavor for entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers, and creative professionals to share space, ideas, visions, dreams, and more. CoWorking is a fresh and innovative way to work that encourages both creativity & productivity. newarkcowork.com

Founder / Organizer

Newark Area Web Entrepreneurs Meetup >> Dec 2011-Present

Founded a local meetup group dedicated to organizing and unifying local web professionals. Open monthly business meetings to discuss entrenpreneurship, technology, trends in the industry, tools of the trade and other things which help all members maintain a high standard for their work quality and business practices.

Creative Director / Founder

The Body Works Academy >> Jan 2011-Present

Web-based startup focused on providing fitness certifications to personal trainers, and group fitness instructors. The project is still in development and is an extension of an existing (local) fitness consulting business, (Training by Liz). On the fitness consulting side, stabilized and grew the company, managing scheduling, training, operations, billing, administration, contracts / negotiations, and instruction, for up to 20 fitness instructors and personal trainers.

References

Paul Hoepfner-Homme - Team lead at Time.ly, UI/UX Design & Dev lead.

Jordan Ambra - Web-based entrepreneur and professional web developer. Colleague and fellow member of the Newark Are Web Entrepreneurs Group.

Visit dreamstarstudios.com to see my company website and some projects I've worked on.

Connect with me on LinkedIn to read my professional recommendations.

Many additional references from an array of satisfied clients can be furnished upon request.