Hi, I’m Ben, a friendly web developer for Up&Up in Greenville, SC. In my free time I enjoy biking, hiking, gardening, exploring Greenville, learning new things, and hanging out at our awesome public library.

I create fun, innovative, accessible, and fast websites. I try to leave every bit I code I touch more readable, performant and accessible than I found it.

These are the accomplishments I’m most proud of:

  • Spearheaded the agency use of pattern libraries and wrote about it for CSS-Tricks.
  • Developed an internal CSS style guide for standardizing our approach to CSS/Sass for across all projects.
  • Led the agency adoption of SVG and automated build tools.
  • Learned Drupal 7 on the fly, developed an award-winning Drupal 7 site for the University of Kentucky and became lead Drupal developer.
  • Led the team in documenting front-end and server configuration best practices to streamline current development and help onboard new developers.

Experience

Up&Up Agency

Front End Developer | February 2015 - Present

Key Responsibilities:

  • Transform static design comps into fast, accessible, interactive, maintainable HTML/CSS/Javascript
  • Develop efficient, user-friendly backend content management systems
  • Integrate front-end development products with content management systems.

Accomplishments:

  • Developed documentation templates currently in use in all agency projects.
  • Streamlined build tool setup with Webpack, npm scripts and Grunt.
  • Led the agency adoption of SVG and automated build tools.

Technologies Used:

  • HTML
  • Sass
  • CSS
  • SVG
  • Javascript
  • React.js
  • Grunt
  • Webpack
  • Wordpress
  • jQuery
  • Drupal
  • PHP
  • CakePHP
  • Python
  • Django

Freelance

Wordpress / Frontend Developer | October 2014 - Present

Gannett

Digital Strategist | October 2013 - September 2014

Chicago Tribune

Digital Advertising Sales Consultant | February 2012 - September 2013


Side Projects / Volunteering

Second Nature Journal

I started and run (with the help of some friends) an online journal for critical thinking about technology and new media in light of the Christian tradition, Second Nature. We’ve been running since 2013. I’m an editor and jack-of-all trades.

IISTC

The IISTC (International Institute for the Study of Technology and Christianity) is the non-profit we started to publish Second Nature. I’m an executive director.

Engaged Encounter

My lovely wife and I are presenting couples for South Carolina Catholic Engaged Encounter. We provide weekend-long marriage preparation retreats for engaged couples. I am also the treasurer.


About this site

This site is a simple, responsive Jekyll theme I designed and built using the Minima theme as the initial structure. My display font is Raleway Extra-Bold and the body font is Libre Baskerville. Fonts are served from Google Fonts. I borrowed my link styles from the Tufte CSS project.