Michelle Pakla

Why Michelle?

I'm a web designer and front-end developer looking to contribute to a collaborative team that loves to create beautiful, usable websites.

Experience

Front-End Web Developer and Designer

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank | Ongoing- 1 year (Contract)

  • Oversee customers' website redesigns, collaborating with content writers, designers, and developers
  • Design for usability, focusing on best practices for design and development to create the best user experience possible
  • Develop responsive sites using HTML5 Boilerplate and Twitter Bootstrap within enterprise-level Kentico CMS
  • Code sites from scratch using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, and C#
  • Build wireframes and mockups in Muse, Axure, and Photoshop
  • Conduct cross-browser testing (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE8-IE11)
  • Extensive testing of each site on several mobile and tablet devices (Apple, Android, Windows, and Kindle)
  • Maintain sites developed in Dreamweaver and Muse
  • Create and maintain forms using JotForm
  • Facilitate meetings and presentations with customers to discuss the redesign process and troubleshoot issues
  • Present sites at each major milestone (AGILE methodology) to communicate designs to clients and implement client feedback
  • Serve as interim senior web developer:
    • Manage web team, overseeing quality assurance and assigning project tasks
    • Main point of contact for high-level web-related issues
    • Train new professional designer/developer employees how to code and design within the constraints of Kentico
    • Consultant for team and clients regarding best UX practices
    • Make decisions regarding site UX and UI for best user experience
    • Help management determine most successful course for web project
    • Work with IT to design and develop internal bank websites

Front-End Web Developer and Designer

Warehouse USA | Ongoing- 3 years

  • Redesigned company website (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Coded website using HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery
  • Made decisions about UX and UI to create better site usability
  • Created wireframes and mockups in Illustrator
  • Developed the Miva Merchant CMS
  • Converted the previous table layout into a div-based layout
  • Conducted cross-browser testing in all major browsers and implemented jQuery when needed to create a seamless look and feel
  • Integrated a Wordpress blog into the main website and created a theme to match the website layout
  • Maintained the website after redesign and updated pages as needed
  • Made offshoot website for LaToscana products using Dreamweaver
  • Rebranded Warehouse USA: Logo, email templates, and website redesign
  • Developed strategies to boost Warehouse USA’s web presence via social media marketing

Graphic Design Intern

University of South Carolina Aiken | Marketing Department, 6 months

  • Created and modified logos using Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Designed marketing collateral such as flyers and postcards with Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
  • Helped web team with site redesign in dotCMS
  • Created PowerPoint templates with Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint

Programs

Illustrator

Photoshop

Dreamweaver

InDesign

Muse

Axure RP

Acrobat

Flash

MS Office Suite

Google Analytics

CMS

Kentico

Miva Merchant

Wordpress

dotCMS

Skills

HTML5

CSS/CSS3

Web Design

Responsive

UX Design

JavsScript/jQuery

Illustration

Branding

Logos

Social Media

Education and Accolades

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Summa Cum Laude with Honors

University of South Carolina Aiken

  • Online Marketing Certified Trained Practitioner, Market Motive March 2014
  • Outstanding Student in Studio Art
  • Outstanding Student in Philosophy
  • University of South Carolina Aiken Honors Society