Derek Beck

User-interface Designer & Developer

overview

I am a User-Interface Designer and Developer with over eighteen years experience producing progressive web applications and front-end user experiences. Passionate and highly adaptive with front-end skills bolstered with a unique hybrid design and development background, giving greater insight to the task. I am an advocate for clean and user-centered interface design and branding that allows users to perform more freely. Most comfortable in an agile development environment and a great team player.

skills and tools

  • User-Centered Interface Design 10+ years
  • User Experience Design 7+ years
  • HTML, CSS/SASS, JavaScript (primarily jQuery and Angular) 15+ years
  • Adobe Creative Suite 15+ years
  • Sketch and other mockup and prototyping tools 5 years
  • Responsive Design Development 10+ years
  • Agile Development Environment 6 years
  • Experience integrating UI with Ruby, MVC, .Net and other programming languages 15+ years
  • Logo Design and Illustration 15+ years

education

BFA, Communication Design
Kutztown University / December 1998

Dual-concentration in Graphic Design and Illustration

experience

Senior UI Designer & Developer
42six & CSRA, Inc. / 2012-present

Responsible for leading interface design and development of application user experiences, working closely with technical development team and product owners. Conceptualization and creation of wireframes, application workflow, style guides and other preparative content as guidance for development team. Supporting business development initiatives through design and layout as well as oversight of internal branding, marketing and website design and development.


Freelance UI Designer & Developer
BeckUI / 2001-present

Client work includes providing strategic direction and development for print and interactive projects from concept to completion, advanced WordPress theme development, responsive layout development, development of successful and award-winning corporate identities and letterhead layouts, design of internet and intranet sites, development of information architecture and usability for online interfaces, and illustration for a 32-page children’s picture book.


Senior UI & Web Developer
High Rock Studios / 2009-2012

Responsibilities included providing strategic direction and development for interactive projects and coding compliant online interfaces for multiple devices. Worked with design team, project managers, account representatives and clients to integrate usability and accessibility into projects. Incorporated the latest web and mobile technologies while maintaining a consistent design over multiple browsers.
Development of a WordPress-based content management system—named “LeftBrain”—consisting of custom plugins, functions, options, post types and themes. LeftBrain is used for rapid development, allowing a new full scale website to be designed and built in under a week by a single team member.


Senior Graphic Designer
MDB, Inc. / 2003-2008

Responsible for leading design and development initiatives for agency partners’ and clients’ overall branding including websites and intranets adhering to Section 508 compliance and accessibility, corporate identity, marketing materials, reports, emergency response booklets and conference and event materials. Oversaw internal branding, marketing and website development.


Graphic Designer & Web Designer
US Foods, Ryley & Associates, Norwood Design / 1999-2003

awards & accomplishments