Kevin Rux, Web Developer

Experience

agencyQ Washington, DC

Solving complicated digital engagement challenges, agencyQ has worked with clients across the commercial, non-profit and government sectors.

While at agencyQ, my contribution covered front-end and server-side technologies. Originally brought on for PHP and Drupal work, I expanded into C# and .NET Core projects.

Senior developer

2016-2018

CI Design, Inc. Milwaukee, WI

Serving clients such as US Bank, Eaton Corporation, Northwestern Mutual, Owens Corning and others in the markets of education, sports media, real estate, and charity.

At CI Design, Inc. the focus was growing our practice with an eye on modern standards and emerging trends. My assignments ranged from simple graphic updates to full-stack development and deployment.

Developer

2011-2016

Rux Media, LLC Milwaukee, WI

Formed to support my freelance projects. Clients included non-profits, musicians and small local businesses. It was an enjoyable opportunity to provide service to members of my community.

This was an ideal moment to help clients maintain ownership of the product through purchasing consultation (hosting, domains) and free, open-source content management systems.

Owner, developer, designer

2008-2011

WiG Publishing Milwaukee, WI

Progressive news source for Wisconsin’s LGBT community. This was an opportunity to be part of starting a publication, providing consultation and user training alongside development.

The operation needed a print (InDesign) to web workflow on budget with high priority on being usable, intuitive and foolproof. The web version was built on Joomla to accommodate budget hosting and avoid licensing fees.

Developer, consultant

2008-2011

McDill Design, Ltd. Milwaukee, WI

Medium-sized, full-service agency. Clients include Miller Brewing Co., Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls and smaller Milwaukee businesses.

This was my first agency job. I was hired as a production artist constructing mockups and creating production art files… then I found the opportunity to expand into development and welcomed it.

Developer, production artist

2005-2008

Skills, technology and training

Soft skills

  • Planning, to ensure efficiency and quality
  • Changing course gracefully during development
  • Understanding and expanding on given direction
  • Working independently and collaboratively
  • Working on distributed teams
  • Mentoring junior team members
  • Organized, analytical, logical
  • Ambitious learner, self-starter
  • Critical, communicative, honest, responsive
  • Values feedback, others’ perspectives
  • Sharing information, techniques, experiences

Hard skills

  • Front-end development
  • Server-side development
  • Custom CMS solutions
  • API development
  • Integrating with third-party APIs
  • Writing project specifications and estimates
  • Performing audits and code reviews
  • Responsive design implementation
  • Modern web standards
  • Reusable code, templates
  • Form, syntax, semantics and concision
  • Researching solutions and technologies
  • Graphic design, typography

Tools

Drupal, Wordpress, Javascript, ECMAScript, JQuery, Git, PHP, MySQL, Apache Solr, C#, .NET Core, NodeJS, Grunt, Gulp, Webpack, Compass, CSS, Sass, Less, XML, XSLT, HTML, SVG, Photoshop, Illustrator

Education

  • University of Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of the Fine Arts, Graphic Design - 2005