Overview

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 many 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 harmonious development process. Brian is passionate about maintainability, modularity, scalability, reducing technical debt, process optimization, and automation wherever possible. Build automation, peer review, pair programming, and technical mentoring are a few keys to that end.


Skills List

Frameworks & Libraries: React, Redux, Node, Angular, Material UI (React & Angular), Jest, Mocha, WordPress (including Multisite), Drupal, Magento, WooCommerce, Backbone, ASP.NET MVC

Languages & Technologies: JavaScript, Webpack, Jest, Mocha, Gulp, Grunt, MongoDB, Docker, Vagrant, PHP, HTML, CSS / LESS / SCSS, MySQL, Vagrant, Amazon AWS (EC2, S3, Cloudfront, Route53), Google App Engine, Linux, Apache, shell, Git, Github, Mercurial


Name: Brian Feister
Job Title: Senior JavaScript / UI / UX Architect
Dribbble: brianfeister
Twitter: @brianfeister
Github: brianfeister
E-mail: b@brianfeister.com
Phone: 302.562.0308
Address: Taos, New Mexico 87529 (USA)

Skills



Front-End Dev

  • JavaScript
  • React / Angular
  • Webpack, Gulp, Grunt
  • CSS
  • HTML

Visual Design

  • Photoshop
  • UI
  • UX
  • Illustrator

Interaction Design

  • CSS3 & JavaScript Animation
  • Google Material Design

Back-End Dev

  • Node.js
  • WordPress
  • PHP

Miscellaneous

  • Git, Github, Mercurial
  • Bash
  • Photo-retouching / manipulation
  • Photography
Visual Design Interaction Design Front End Dev Back End Dev
40+20+20+20

Experience



Senior JavaScript / UI / UX Architect
(UI Team Lead)

Scala Inc. >> Aug 2014-Present

UI Lead for EXP product, mentored and guided a team of less design-oriented developers. Played a key architectural role in ensuring that UI / UX concerns were not overlooked in the building of a large, complex, and technically ambitious product enabling management of a fleet of connected devices, along with a web-based delivery platform for easily authoring immersive digital experiences deployed in retail environments. Wrote both front-end React / Redux code as well as Node / MongoDB backend code.

Worked with the following technologies daily: React, Redux, Node, Webpack, Yarn, Gulp, MongoDB, Material UI, Angular, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, git/Github (in a peer code-reviewed, team environment).

JavaScript / Front-End Engineer
(Technical / Project Lead)

Think Company Inc. >> May 2013-Aug 2014

Primarily JavaScript web application development (technical lead) with a brilliant team helping large companies tackle tough problems. Think Company is a collective "think tank" of amazing experience designers & developers. Working closely with the visual and UX team to present a front-to-back product where front-end development is tightly woven into the design process for a powerful and effective end result.

Clients Include: Comcast, Janssen, Hay Group, Scoir.

Worked with the following technologies daily: JavaScript, Angular, Backbone, Marionette, RESTful APIs, Gulp, Grunt, jQuery, PHP, WordPress, HTML, CSS & JavaScript animations, various MVC frameworks, LESS / SASS / SCSS, git, Github (in a peer code-reviewed, team environment). thinkcompany.com

Front-End / 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, Onject-Oriented JavaScript, WordPress, HTML, Object-Oriented CSS, CSS & JavaScript animations, MVC frameworks, CSS Pre-processors (LESS), git + Github (in a code-reviewed, team environment), and many others. time.ly

Principle / Developer and Designer

DreamStar Studios >> Oct 2007-2013

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.

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 / Object-Oriented JavaScript, Balsamiq, 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.

Photographer

Brian Feister Photography >> Nov 2007-Dec 2015

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-Sep 2015

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

References

Gabriel Liwerant - Colleague who worked with me to build a large-scale JavaScript web application where I was the technical lead.

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.

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