Hi! I'm Julie and I love exploring the web. I have a passion for making things that look, feel, and operate better. Sometimes I do this in my coding by employing the latest web development techniques. Other times it's found in my cooking, photography, or my interest in learning something new.
I have two bachelor degrees from Winthrop University. The first is in Psychology and was earned in 2009. My second degree was completed in 2014 and is in Digital Information Design, with a focus on web application development. The combination of these two degrees allows me a unique perspective on web development and working with people.
My husband and I moved to Durham in 2016 when I became a web developer at Counter Culture Coffee. In 2018, we welcomed our wonderful daughter, Clara. We moved to Greensboro in 2019, where I continue my work as a front end web developer. Feel free to read my quick thoughts and shares on Instagram, check out my previous work in my Portfolio, or connect with me on LinkedIn.
This transparency report for Counter Culture maintained the original layout of the 2015 report. However, it included an updated design and involved incorporating the Woocommerce custom post type into the page creation. We also worked to improve the data to compare and contrast the different years in the same report.
This project entailed assuming complete front-end development work in the launch of a new website on the Woocommerce platform for Counter Culture Coffee. This project consisted of developing, testing, migrating data, and ensuring all endpoint connects to the ERP functioned well.
During my time at Counter Culture I worked with many teams to improve, test, modify, and add new functionality to the website and ERP. This included creating several plugins to achieve goals, improve reporting, and increase user satisfaction of the e-commerce platform.
One of my first big tasks at Counter Culture Coffee was to help create a one page web report of the company’s year in review. This report had to be responsive, present a large amount of data in an engaging and clean way, and maintain portability to a new platform.
This was one of my first larger products while employed at Atypic. Under the direction of the design team, project managers, and with assistance from the development team, I coded the front-end aspects of their new site in conjunction with the CMS. Using CSS techniques, I implemented the design of the various carousels and many of the basic page layouts. As with other projects, I also implemented new features upon request and performed QA tests for the client and my supervisors. This project allowed me to research the best methods for design implementation as well as how to work with a team.
While at Atypic, I performed numerous tasks for one of their clients, Girls on the Run. Some of these tasks included assisting the SEO team to optimize the site based on current standards, assisting with setting up or modifying individual council pages, and completing PSD to web completion of various pages throughout the site, such as the Coach portal. I also performed QA testing when new features were released, assisted other development team members with Blog and mobile integration on both the backend and with front-end.
Working with the project manager in conjunction with the client and various team members at Atypic, I assisted in transferring SEM’s site over to Atypic’s custom CMS. This meant performing thorough QA testing and debugging throughout the site as well as ensuring that responsive design principles were met. We also implemented a few design changes as well as new page layouts, search features, and a blog. My supervisor also allowed me to lead training and overview sessions with the client via WebEx. This experience gave me hands-on interaction on various sides of a project, from client relations to coding in a real-world scenario.
Under the supervision of Atypic client and project managers, I coded a responsive wireframe mockup to present to clients. This involved setting up the Atypic CMS so that changes can be made dynamically; as well as coding and performing QA testing.
The Atypic team worked together to create a dynamic and user friendly website using existing design principles for Cluck. This included transporting files and information from their existing stand-alone site to Atypic’s dynamic CMS. While employed at Atypic, I also assisted in training the client on how to implement changes to the site as well as how to navigate the CMS. I learned about site optimization when serving large images as well as more experience connecting the back-end CMS with the front-end elements.
This was a small group project designed to learn responsive design techniques and how to use json to parse XML data using JSON and AJAX.