Still love doing what I do...
First and foremost I'm a husband and dad...but after that I'm also an experienced designer. Over 16 years, in fact. Notice I didn't say "programmer". I decided to go the "designer" route when I realized that's what made me smile. The entire design process - personas, journeys, discovery, layout, interfaces, a/b and user testing, all of it - KEEPS me smiling. As of late, I'm enjoying web app software UX design, but love working on websites, as well.
Wireframing/Prototyping: When pulling ideas and output from a brainstorming session, I tend to doodle. Always helps with starting the process of a wireframe. From there, it might grow into a simple sketch mockup or - depending on the product owner or client needs - a bit prettier Photoshop, Illustrator, or Sketch one. Other times, jumping straight into "design by code" might be the best route, producing a fully-functional hi-fidelity prototype within HTML, CSS/SASS, jQuery, that can be passed on to the developers.
Coding: Hand-coding HTML, CSS, jQuery
Frameworks: Semantic, Bootstrap, and Foundation
CMS: At times Drupal and Modx. Primarily WordPress, though
Graphics: Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch
Updated Resume: http://bit.ly/resume_bryan_chalker
Currently open for mid-senior level remote (preferable), contract, or full-time gigs.
SO WHAT EXACTLY DO I DO?
A Few Testimonials...
Having worked with Bryan a number of times on several projects, I would recommend him for any web project. His design skills are great, he is a very personable demeanor, works well with clients, is always responsive and on time, and overall provides great value.
Bryan was contracted to build and maintain a microsite for a Simulcast Event that I was coordinating in 2012 and again in 2013. I had a great experience working with him - he met all deadlines in a timely manner and provided great creative feedback in designing the site. If needed, I would definitely work with Bryan again!
Bryan is easily one of the best contractors that I have ever worked with. I have done sprint projects with Bryan, and his performance makes the projects timely and successful, even when dealing with obstacles. He is incredibly easy to work with, always helpful in solving problems, and his work is always done on time and done well. We have used him as the lead designer and as a coder, sometimes even in the same project, and he shifts between roles seamlessly. He is a pleasure to collaborate with and I have asked him to work directly with clients multiple times with great results. In our company, he has fit in seamlessly and is one of the valued members of our team even though he is a contractor. I can't recommend him more highly.
Bryan is a pleasure to work with. He meets agreed upon deadlines and delivers an excellent final product.
Bryan knows what it takes to design a website. He's quick and he's talented. He follows instructions and takes initiative - including pertinent messaging and thoughtful copy in his designs.
I have worked with Bryan for the last 3 years and have loved every minute of it. He is a passionate guy with the ability to accomplish what his passion calls him to do. He was always eager to work with me on projects and brought great ideas and suggestions to the table to make the projects better.
Bryan's passion for his craft shines through in every project he undertakes. He is a talented artist and developer who takes great care to create designs that are both beautiful and functional. He sets a high standard for excellence, and is continually striving to grow in his field.