My name is Austin and I build for the web.
My name is Austin and I build for the web.
With the 2019 edition of this website, came a second iteration consecutive design containing tiles. It only felt right to finally build an NPM package of React Components to I can reuse in other projects. Having never published to the NPM registry, this also was an opportunity to put something out there for the community. Tool Tiles is built using React, Styled Components & Sass, it renders a wide range of tool icons & tiles as SVG's. This project includes Storybook to interact with all of the included components. Please read more about it's development in my post about the 2019 version of this website.
Ryan Harris Brown is a Nashville based singer/songwriter. Upon completing his debut full length album, Ryan was looking for a promotional website and an accompanying online store. It has been rare that a client comes prepared with logos/identity & graphics and a vision for exactly what he wanted. He preparation made this build possible in an extremely short amount of time. The main site was built with Bootstrap and backed by CraftCMS. The store is powered by Wordpress with payments handled through Stripe. In initial discussions with Ryan about how the choices of back-end, there was an option to use CraftCMS Commerce but he opted to have two separate administration pages for each site in the event he would have a third party receive and fulfill orders. Wordpress was aditionally a good option for the commerce site due to it's wide adoption and extensibility.
Stan Dudley is a piano technician & performer based in Des Moines, IA. After many years of providing piano services to the Des Moines area, Stan determined that he needed to market his services on the internet to compete with others in the field. Initially he was planning on using a 'Site Building' application from the 90's, provided by his ISP. After consulting with him (and being a good steward of the web), we determined we could leverage current free resources to build a more current, marketable and effective website for his business. This site is runs on Bootstrap & CraftCMS, providing a modern design with a customized admin specifically tailored to Stan's needs.
Nathan Yarborough is a Grammy nominated recording engineer based in Nashville, TN. Nathan only had two requirements for his website: 1). List his credits & 2). Allow visitors to contact him. Crediting has become more and more fractured over the past few years so he felt like he wanted an authoritative place to display his credits. This site is built using CraftCMS and was the first site I used it for. I found it very easy to wire up layouts and "compose" administration pages, allowing me to provide a streamlined administration page that wouldn't be overwhelming for clients to use. As an added feature, I built in the ability for Nathan to include iTunes affiliate links so visitors can visit/purchase from the iTunes store directly from his site. The associated repo is a non-customized static HTML/SCSS version of the website.
The VeVa Sound Uploader application allows Veva Sound to receive large auto projects from their clients. I was initially involved in both it's project management and development. Recently, VeVa Sound underwent an entire re-branding which required their customer facing tools to be redesigned to match. This re-design was challenging in that while I did have some familiarity with the application, several years had past and several other developers had worked on it. Being an Ember application, it took some time to get the project running locally without having access to the back-end services it was dependant on. When the application was initially developed, both the client and administration pages shared the same design aesthetic. The new client facing page required a different design so I had to take care to insure the client facing CSS styles were isolated from the administration page styles. The repo for this project is the initial HTML/SCSS styles that were later integrated into the Ember application.
Davis is a clean & simple theme for the Ghost CMS that closely mimics the layout & design of my website from 2017. Upon initially writing the HTML markup, I found the conversion of my static HTML pages into dynamic Handlebars templates to be a breeze. Ghost is an open source blogging platform powered by Node. I have followed this project since it was started on Kickstarter in 2013 as it was attempting to simplify the process of online publishing. Seeing initial demos of what could be built with a completely new development stack than what many of the other CMS systems were using (PHP) was really interesting to me. Getting Ghost up and running on my local machine was my first experience using Node.
Coming from an upbringing where I was interested in music & computers, I would build websites cataloging & documenting my musical interests. I received a degree in Mass Communications (Production Technology/Audio Engineering) and spent the first part of my career transferring, documenting & archiving music recordings. In late 2009 my career path began to shift when my employer had a variety of technical challenges involving, I.T., networking and web services. My curiously, coupled with a desire to automate and improve the tools I used every day, I eventually took over responsibilities of I.T. & Web Services and worked with a team of developers to build the companies' first customer facing portal. Within a few weeks of starting work on the customer portal project, I knew I wanted to dig deeper and become of developer. I was hooked.
Outside of work, I play Jazz, Funk, and Blues music with Adam Dalton & The B-Sides and am an avid CrossFitter, both of which keep me creative and comfortable with the unknown. I’m also interested in a variety different subjects, some of which you can read about on my Now page.
I'm available for hire & would love to chat!