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Lee Ann Jack

Energetic, revenue generating professional with experience in successfully servicing companies with their web and print needs that include effective mobile-first responsive websites, applications, intranet and extranet portals, emails, banner advertisements, software and content management systems. Researches, designs and develops to grab the target audience’s attention, stays true to corporate image/policy, meets deadlines and stays within budget. Brings ideas to life and on time. Multi-talented professional with proven skills in design, development, writing, editing, research, proofreading, publicity, public speaking, marketing and event planning/management.

Loves building great digital products with a committed, dedicated and passionate team and takes pride in the work that is produced for team and employer. Knows that strong team spirit that is dedicated to excellent work does not just happen, that it takes everyone on the team to add their individual creative knowledge, skills, dedication and most of all positive energy. Known for not only creative and development skills, but also for commitment to helping a team build and grow their team spirit and for positive energy.


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Tools

HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Responsive, WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Visual Studio, Sitecore, SharePoint, .NET technologies, Git, GitHub, Bootstrap, AngularJS, Angular, React Native, ReactJS, Node.js, jQuery, RESTful, Ajax, SASS, LESS, NPM, Grunt, Gulp, MVC/MVVM, GIT/SVN, Java, C#, XML, PHP, MySQL, AWS, SalesForce Marketing Cloud, Constant Contact, ExactTarget, MailChimp, Cumulus, Axure, Sketch, Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, FrameMaker, Acrobat, Bridge and more), MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)



CAREER DIFFERNTIATORS

  • Skilled in Content Management Systems specifically WordPress and Drupal
  • Skilled in creation of full cycle/full-stack websites, applications and web portals
  • Worked in multiple industries
  • Architecting and leading new website and application Visual/UI/UX creation
  • Have business to business and business to consumer experience
  • Management experience


CORE COMPETENCIES

FULL-CYCLE
  • Expertise for researching, designing and developing the user experience and interface of responsive websites and applications including those for corporate e-commerce and e-learning
  • Skilled at designing, developing and working with Content Management Systems including WordPress, Drupal, Sitecore, SharePoint, Joomla and others and have done a lot of development both with themes and custom development
  • Competent at designing and developing HTML5 and CSS3 responsive email campaigns, social media, landing pages and banner advertisements that include HTML5 web banner advertisements. Use Exact Target, Constant Contact, MailChimp, other email systems and code to send email blasts and newsletters
FULL-STACK DEVELOPMENT
  • Skilled in PHP which is a scripting language often used in content management systems such as Drupal, WordPress, Joomla and others. It is an open source server side programming language.
  • Use ReactJS on some websites and applications so that data can change over time without reloading the page and thereby help speed up the download process and also experienced at optimizing page load times by optimizing CSS3/JS, loading DOM elements asynchronously and partial page updates through AJAX
  • Identify, recommend, and prioritize new web features and applications
  • Perform periodic web site audits
  • Monitor and report on web site traffic and performance
  • Continually developing and redeveloping mobile-first responsive websites and applications that are built using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and some include Ajax, JQuery, RESTful, Bootstrap, AngularJS, ReactJS and others while always keeping in mind their behavior on multiple browsers and devices
  • Work with different development procedures to ensure that the view is sped up and/or only part of the view changes. This can be done by using ReactJS so that data can change over time without reloading the page thereby helping speed up the download process and experience at optimizing page load times by optimizing CSS3/JS and also by loading DOM elements asynchronously and partial page updates through AJAX
  • Build React Native for iOS and Android applications and perform testing
  • Visual Studio, C#, .Net Technologies and ASP.NET experience
  • Upload projects and applications to the cloud and work with AWS
  • Work with and upload projects to MySQL databases
  • Extensive use of AngularJS for developing SPAs (Single Page Applications) for internal applications/tools. Worked with AngularJS directives to bring additional functionality to HTML5; and worked with AngularJS routers, forms, modules, DOM, events, expressions, controllers, filters and HTTP requests. Worked with AngularJS frameworks for user interface development and developed HTML5 views with AngularJS, HTML5, CSS3 and JSON
  • Responsible for whole organization style sheets and CSS3 performance
  • Experience working with RESTful APIs and manipulate their output (JSON/XML)
  • Work with other developers as a collaborative team utilizing github
  • Perform software installation, upgrades to existing web systems and perform system administrative duties including system performance analysis and identification of opportunities for improvement
  • Ensures that websites are accessible for all by following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for websites, Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) for authoring tools and Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) for applications
ANALYSIS/SEO/TESTING
  • Plan, conduct and help conduct A/B testing, multivariate testing (MVT) and other forms of testing
  • Effective at focusing on driving traffic and increasing conversions by designing and developing in the most effective way to do so always trying to translate campaign requirements into user journeys and web pages that have great SEO and other analytics
  • Consistently works on search engine optimization (SEO) and content personalization
  • Contributes to the QA effort
  • Capable of working with the testing and debugging of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery in cross-browser, desktop browsers and mobile environments. Develop, test and take into account multi-device/cross-browser compatibility and accessibility
  • Conduct framework testing utilizing Protractor and Karma to execute unit tests, provide unit test documentation and perform code reviews. Also, conducts Jasmine unit tests using Karma to verify AngularJS modules and JavaScript utility routines
VISUAL/UI/UX DESIGN
  • Researches, designs and works with wireframes, prototypes, Photoshop compositions, complex user work flows, large dataset visualizations, framework level interactions, information architecture and more that will be developed into intuitive, modern and engaging responsive user interfaces and solid interactions for delivery across mobile and web-based platforms
  • Flair for using wireframing and rapid prototyping tools such as Axure, Sketch and Adobe programs
  • Identify usability challenges of websites and applications and contribute constructive solutions
  • Researches and translates concepts, user needs, business requirements, solutions and technical constraints to build wireframes, mock-ups and high fidelity presentations to turn concepts into intuitive user visual experiences and demonstrates concepts and functionality to all parties involved
  • Produce high-quality visual designs–from concept to execution, including those for print, web, and mobile projects at a variety of resolutions. Create and iterate on assets that reflect a brand, enforce a language and inject beauty and life into a product
  • Creates detailed visual design specifications and standards for all aspects of product user interfaces always ensuring that the brand guidelines and standards are met
  • Focus on the digital experience process of User Research and Interaction Design with an understanding of UX Strategy
  • Concentrate on collaboration and design iterations, helping define the integration of great visual design
  • Create experiences for native applications for both iOS or Android and am aware of design trends in the native mobile space
  • Ability to clarify big-picture concepts and consider user flow and usability to deliver simple and compelling experiences
  • Strongly committed to embracing User Centered Design principles, practices and concepts
  • Extremely skilled in editing graphics, taking and manipulating photographs, drawing illustrations and other visual elements for use in all areas of design, production and use with all featuring compelling interaction and visual design work
  • Expertise at combining print, web, motion and multimedia into a consistent, integrated campaign
  • Very skilled in working with design and typography in all areas of design and for all uses
  • Always designs adhering to corporate image and policy
PERFORMANCE
  • Experience working in an agile environment and experience utilizing mostly either a scrum or a waterfall methodology
  • Customer facing experience
  • Experience working with external client interfaces and able to communicate technical concepts to business clients
  • Confident communicator and accustomed to presenting and defending concepts and deliverable at key milestone to peers and executives and providing realistic delivery estimates
  • Expert in juggling and managing many different responsibilities, multiple assignments, jobs functions and priorities each day. This will often involve shifting several times between projects due to deadlines and other priorities and have the necessary time-management and organization skills that are so important to doing this on a continuous basis often working under tight deadlines. Strive to meet deadlines, ensure deadlines and budgets are met and the product is delivered
  • Competent at administering the development and coordination of projects from initial design concept all the way through completion. Experienced working with internal account, strategy, technical and marketing teams and customers on the initial design concepts, to then working with photographers, printers, other designers, other developers and writers on the design and development process, and then going live on the web or to be printed. Communicating with everyone on this team is truly of utmost importance throughout the process from assuring deadlines are met to conveying information accurately
  • Continuous aim for excellence and very detailed oriented
  • Experience working with team members that might be in different geographical locations
  • Embodies a keen interest in staying on top of the latest design trends, emerging web technologies and always trying to apply the most innovative industry best practices


EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE/CONTRACT VISUAL/UX/UI DESIGNER/DEVELOPER
Clients: McDonald’s Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Chiro One, Plum Tree Group, Ogilvy and Mather, iCrossing, First Alert, Follett Corporation, Triumph Higher Education Group (Escoffier Online), New Control Direct and Digital Advertising Agency, Sourcebooks, Learning Point, Panduit and others (contracts for Digital People, The Creative Group, Creative Circle and others)
Chicagoland area (2011-Current)
Key Projects:
  • At McDonald’s, designed and developed a Happy Meal Application which involved ReactJS and AngularJS
  • For McDonald’s franchises and departments, researched, designed and developed intranet sites by creating wireframes, prototypes and Photoshop compositions; developed the sites using Boostrap as the foundation and streamed in SharePoint; and tested for any multi-device/cross-browser compatibility and accessibility issues
  • At Abbot Laboratories, assisted with the Visual/UX/UI design and development of an Angular 2 application
  • At Plum Tree Group, responsible for the Visual/UX/UI of their client’s websites
  • For First Alert, Panduit, Learning Point and Chiro One, assisted with the Visual/UX/UI design and development of their update to their corporate websites to make them responsive and assisted with other web and print projects
  • At Escoffier Online, spearheaded the need to update their corporate WordPress based websites and make them responsive and then worked as a key team member performing the visual/UX/UI design, development and more for the sites. The outcome was that the sites saw more overall traffic, were a better user experience and had higher retention rates. Commended for WordPress, design and development including PHP and .NET skills
  • For all clients (contracts), developed, designed and maintained websites, applications, emails and other web and print materials
ART DIRECTOR/DEVELOPER AND CO-OWNER
Tillie Creative Design and Invite Maps by Tillie
Chicago, Illinois (2009-2016)

Created, developed and maintained a WordPress website that utilized PHP, HTML and CSS. Kept on top of SEO, Google Analytics and email blasts. Worked with the bride and groom or party organizer to create a branded event where everything from the save the date cards and invitations to the thank you cards, carried out a consistent brand/appearance. Commended for event design skills and maintained excellent client relations.

SENIOR WEB DESIGNER/DEVELOPER
Chicago Tribune
Chicago, Illinois (contract for Digital People) (2010)

Designed and developed web banner advertisements, emails and landing pages on a timely basis for Chicago Tribune advertisers such as Navy Pier, Sotheby’s, Broadway in Chicago, Hilton, Volkswagen, Marriott, Sony, Autobarn, University of Chicago, P.F. Chang’s, Rosebud, Comcast and others

SENIOR GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER/DEVELOPER
Shure Incorporated
Niles, Illinois (2006-2009)

Trained in HTML, XML, CSS and JavaScript. Developed, designed and wrote publications, websites, and user guides. Illustrated products to show how the products are installed and used. Many of these projects were multi-lingual.

SENIOR GRAPHIC/WEB DESIGNER
Ball Horticultural Company and Ball Publishing
West Chicago and Batavia, Illinois (contract for Aquent) (2004-2005)

Designed and produced marketing collateral materials that included product brochures, signage, direct mail, trade show materials and catalogs. When the assignment ended, asked to help at Ball Publishing on the design and production of magazines.

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
CommScope Incorporated (Andrew Corporation)
Orland Park, Illinois (2000-2003)

Maintained the corporate catalog and made updates. Worked on multiple projects simultaneously while under tight deadlines. Commended for production and design skills. Maintained excellent client relations.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER/WRITER
Schneider Electric (Square D)
Palatine, Illinois (contract for Digital People) (1998-1999)

Designed, produced and wrote customer training materials that included PowerPoint presentations, websites, student guides, catalogs and software procedure manuals.

ART DIRECTOR
American INVSCO Corporation
Chicago, Illinois (1997-1998)

Created print advertising campaigns, signage, newsletters, direct mail pieces, billboards, sales support materials, identity development, websites and more.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Fortis Incorporated (Time Insurance)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1993-1996)

Maintained and updated product brochures and created print advertising campaigns, signage, newsletters, direct mail, marketing kits, sales support materials and forms.

TECHNICAL DESIGNER/WRITER/ILLUSTRATOR
Almon Studio
Waukesha, Wisconsin (1992-1993, Part-time 1995)

Created, edited and wrote product catalogs for Milwaukee area Fortune 500 Manufacturing companies. While, working for Almon at Johnson Controls, created a seven-hundred-page product catalog, trained and oversaw work flow of an assistant, trained Johnson Control employees and was asked back two years later to handle revisions. Illustrated technical drawings at GE Medical.



FREELANCE

(1991-Current)

Working directly with the client on a per project basis, researched, designed and developed Websites, applications, email campaigns, brochures, advertisements, banner advertisements, identity and much more for clients such as Junior League of Chicago, Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club, Baird and Warner, Genworth Financial Securities, Dream Filled Weddings,Michael’s Restaurant, I’d Rather be Grilling, Ad 2 Milwaukee, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and others



EDUCATION

St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, May 1990, BA in Graphic Communication and Concentrations in Biology and Marketing/Advertising


CAREER DEVELOPMENT

2016: Front End Development Course (General Assembly)

2014-2015: Second City Training Courses

2014: WordPress Camp



PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

2014-Present: Junior League of Chicago, Lead Web/Graphic Designer

2000-Present: Society of Technical Communicators

2002-2014: Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club, Graphic Designer

2000-2001: Judge for the Society of Technical Communicators Annual Competition

1995-1996: Chairperson of Milwaukee Advertising Club's 1996 Career Day

1993-1995: Secretary/Treasurer, Special Event/Education Director of Ad 2 Milwaukee

(Ad 2 Milwaukee and Milwaukee Advertising Club are members of the American Advertising Federation (AAF))



AWARDS

2003: "Rookie of the Year" Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club

1996: Placed 3rd in Education Efforts for the AAF National Club Competition

1986: Girl Scout Gold Award

1986: John F. Kennedy Service/Leadership Scholarship

1986: Sandy Ninigar Award (High School Spirit Award) for service and leadership to school and community



REFERENCES

Comprised of past managers, co-workers and clients (furnished upon request)

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Chicago, Illinois

leeann@leeannjack.com

312.848.8287