A developer that began his career as a designer, Brian specializes in being able to build products with the technical excellence of an experienced developer, and the finesse of a veteran designer. Having guided countless web projects from planning to deployment (and all phases in between) and contributing to many product development teams both as a project / technical lead, and working under wise technical leaders. Brian is passionate about the things that make software development less painful and is skilled in leading teams toward a painless and rhythmic development process. Brian is passionate about maintainability, modularity, scalability, reducing technical debt, process optimization, and automation wherever possible. These are facilitated through some or as many of the following as will fit into a company’s process: build automation, peer code review, pair programming, and technical mentoring.
Dev Ops: Vagrant, Chef, Puppet, SALT Stack, Amazon AWS (EC2, S3, Cloudfront, Route53)
Back-End: Node, RESTful APIs, MongoDB, PHP, MySQL, WordPress (+ Multisite), Drupal, eCommerce platforms (WooCommerce, Magento, Prestashop, Jigoshop)
Miscellaneous: Shell (Unix), Vim, JSON, version control (git & Mercurial), Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, digital photography + post production, photo-manipulation, digital illustration, SEO, Balsamiq (wireframing), & more
Name: Brian Feister
Address: Newark, Delaware 19711 (USA)
Clients Include: Comcast, Janssen, Hay Group, Scoir.
Client: Hay Group
Technologies: Backbone.js, Marionette.js, Grunt.js, RESTful API (Java / Spring), HTML5, LESS, CSS3, Twitter Bootstrap, Responsive Web Design, Git flow release strategy.
Responsibilities: Laid web application foundation, setup build automation, determined technology stack, high-level architectural decisions, considered scalability and performance, technical lead / oversight for 5 other developers, facilitated daily standups and propagation of technical knowledge across team, set coding standards, ensured that code was peer reviewed before merging being merged and deployed, ensured accurate translation of UI from design mockups to finished HTML / CSS, technical review of wireframes and design mockups to ensure effective translation into code and pre-empt potentially costly or unrealistic feature requests, help design team ideate more efficient solutions when needed.
Project: Data Visualization / Analytics Web Application (within Leading HR Corporation ecosystem)
Client: (Leading HR Corporation)
Technologies: Angular.js, D3.js, RESTful API (Java), HTML5, LESS, CSS3, Responsive Web Design.
Project: “Match.com for College Students & Universities”
Technologies: Angular.js, Grunt.js, MongoDB, RESTful API (Go), HTML5, LESS, CSS3, Responsive Web Design.
Responsibilities: Offered architectural input to the CTO by implementing a more streamlined build process via Grunt.js, prepared build process to enable seamless transition to continuous integration / deployment strategy, built significant portion of front-end UI layer and Angular.js web application layer, ensured Angular.js best practices pertaining to scalability and modularity, oversight of design wireframes / sketches / mockups for accurate translation into finished HTML / CSS, technical reviews to warn design team of potentially costly or unrealistic feature requests, help design team ideate more efficient solutions when needed.
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.
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.
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 and executed all stages of production from wireframing / storyboarding, through mockup, conversion to XHTML / CSS / PHP / WordPress, and deployment to dedicated private server in LAMP environment.
Known for excellence and considered by many to be the best web designer in the NYC performance arts niche market. dreamstarstudios.com
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.
Photographer well-known in NYC performing artist community and a frequent guest photographer at exclusive highly acclaimed performance arts productions. brianfeisterphotography.com
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
Manage a fitness consulting company with a team of 10 ~ 20 personal trainers and group fitness instructors. Stabilized and grew the company, negotiated new contracts, managed scheduling, training, operations, billing, administration, and instruction. Clients include regional gyms, hospitals, corporate locations, community centers, senior centers, churches, and other non-profit organizations.
Jordan Ambra - Web-based entrepreneur and professional web developer. Colleague and fellow member of the Newark Are Web Entrepreneurs Group.
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