Kerrick Long

Web developer

1405 Pine Street Apt. 303
St. Louis, MO 63701
(573) 200-6339

Summary

With five years of experience in a combination of back- and front-end web development, an eye for user interface design, and a passion for learning, I bridge the gap between design and programming. I strive to make the web usable and accessible to all with open source, web standards, and good user experience.

Availability

I am happily employed at Second Street Media, Inc. If you’d like to hire me on contract for a freelance project, please feel free to call me or send me an email.

Skills

Languages

Frameworks

Software

Projects

Website: Southeast Missouri State University

Pioneered the comprehensive 2011 redesign of Southeast Missouri State University’s website while working for Web Design & Support.

Duties

  • Developed semantic, well-formed and standards-compliant HTML for RedDot CMS, enabling impaired users to use screen readers and improving the entire site’s SEO.
  • Wrote well-documented, modular, cascading and reusable CSS, improving the maintainability of the codebase for all other current and future developers.
  • Used progressive enhancement techniques that perform well across browsers, keeping compatibility with text-based browsers and old versions of Internet Explorer, while enabling an enhanced experience for users with modern browsers.
  • Created rich media elements to improve the appeal and function of department sites, including dynamic calendar and RSS widgets, image and video sliders, and social integration using the Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube APIs.
  • Improved navigation by using a study of visitor flow, featuring the most often-visited links prominently on the home page, and placing the most often-visited site sections in site-wide persistent navigation.
  • Facilitated department control over the content of their sections of the University website by optimizing CSS to handle unpredictable HTML.

Technologies

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • RedDot CMS (AKA OpenText)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Twitter API
  • Facebook API
  • YouTube API

Chrome Extension: Mostly Harmless

Developed a Google Chrome browser extension to enable users of the reddit.com news sharing site to take the social experience to every webpage they visit.

Duties

  • Allowed users to see at-a-glance if the page they are viewing has been submitted.
  • Enabled users to see which subreddits a page has been submitted to, vote and comment on the submissions, and re-submit the page to another subreddit.
  • Implemented the HTML5 notification API to provide desktop notifications of private messages.
  • Provided I18N using the Google Chrome extension API, enabling non-English speakers to use the extension in their native language.
  • Created a marketing website to promote the extension.
  • Developed an object-oriented JavaScript application documented in ScriptDoc, and released it under an open source license, all to facilitate community development.

Technologies

  • HTML5
  • HTML5 notifications
  • CSS
  • JSON
  • Object-Oriented JavaScript
  • Chrome Extension API
  • reddit.com API

Website: Melodic Morse

Developed a web application allowing users to generate customized ringtones based on Morse code and pre-composed melodies.

Duties

  • Enabled users to quickly generate a ringtone with smart defaults, or dive into the advanced options to customize it to their own preferences.
  • Created a mobile-first responsive design to allow both mobile and desktop users to use the web app as first-class citizens.
  • Developed with RDD to enable the client to easily learn how to modify the source code of the project to suit their future needs.
  • Specified and developed a web-based API to facilitate future native mobile application development.

Technologies

  • HTML5
  • HTML5 audio
  • Haml
  • CSS3
  • Sass
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • ZURB Foundation
  • Ruby
  • Sinatra
  • API creation
  • Mobile-first strategy
  • Responsive design

Website: Kerrick Long, Real Estate Photographer

Designed and developed a website for a local real estate photographer to market his services and provide virtual tours for his clients.

Duties

  • Designed an aesthetically minimalist website to showcase the photography and to make textual content easy to digest.
  • Developed a ruby application using Sinatra that enabled the photographer to blog by simply editing markdown files.
  • Created a customized web proxy to provide white-labeled virtual tours on the photographer’s domain name.

Technologies

  • HTML5
  • Haml
  • CSS3
  • Sass
  • Ruby
  • Sinatra

Work History

Front-end web developer

Second Street Media, Inc.

Web developer

Self-Employed

Real estate photographer

Self-Employed

Student developer, web design & support

Southeast Missouri State University