About

I’m a 30 Year Old Web Designer & Developer.

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Hey, that's Me!

Sitting in my classroom probably contemplating some complex design problem, or thinking of my lunch order.

You've found me! My name is Steven Herr and I currently live in Burlington, Vermont. I am a creative person with an eye for detail and a passion for what I do. I put everything I have into any project I work on. Currently, I am willing to relocate to a more populated area than Burlington. My resume can be found here.

Starting Out

I was given my first computer, an Apple IIc, when I was the ripe old age of 5. Only two years later, I used my first version of Photoshop, on a Macintosh LC, to create a drawing that can only be described as terrible. I’m going to blame this on the fact Photoshop didn’t have layers yet. From this point, I went on to code my first website during a middle school club in 1997 using Notepad and Netscape Navigator. Yes, there was in fact a GIF of a mailbox opening that linked to my email address. From then on, I’ve been learning new ways to create artwork on computers and the web.

Over the last 20 years working with computers I’ve accumulated a wealth of experience and practice with a wide range of languages and software. I specialize in front end development using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. I am also very proficient in creating a CMS using PHP and MySQL or WordPress. Read More about my knowledge here.

Working

I began my career in web design and development in 2004. Over the last 11+ years, I have had the privilege of teaching high school students to create interactive modern designs using web based standards. I have found that instructing students to code has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had and constantly pushes me to stay current with design trends. Also, I feel a person does not fully understand how to debug anything until they have tried to help a high school student fix their 500 line javascript image gallery. Over my lifetime I’ve seen web development change every month and I have had many successes with my students. My students have won several national awards for their design / programming skills and we have gone into space together.

During my career I have also spent time as our school district's Web Manager which included overseeing the modernization of their site and the management of 10+ people in multiple locations. During the summers when I'm not playing with my dog or exploring Vermont on my bike, I can be found freelance web developing or photographing weddings on the weekend.

The one constant I have had over the course of my life is that I love learning new skills and technology. So, if you are seeking a creative designer who is capable of coding just about anything, I'm your guy!

Now that you want to hire me, feel free to write me an email.

Work

Here is Some of the Work I’ve Created.

Chittenden Central Supervisory Union's Home Page
Chittenden Central SU
Web Designer / Developer / Manager

Designed and developed the web presence for CCSU in 2007. Project was undertaken to help standardize organization and unify the look and feel for 11 different locations. The site ran on a custom CMS built using PHP / MySQL and supported 400+ users that could login, create, and edit pages / blogs. Implemented LDAP integration that enabled users to login to the site using their network password and grant privileges based on job title.

The target audience of this site was the teachers, students and parents of students in the supervisory union's area. With this in mind, the site was designed base on local internet access. The entire homepage was under 500kb in size because an 1/8 of the homes covered by the SU only had access to dial up.

After the relaunch of the site, I oversaw in depth training of and supervision of school heads, also basic training with all 400+ employees, and management and upkeep of over 3,000 pages.

 
Cawdvt.org's Home Page
Cawdvt.org
Web Designer / Developer / Manager

Site developed for my high school class in 2011 to host lesson plans, class blog and student portfolios. Running a custom WordPress 4.0 theme along with several plugins to display and organize lesson plans and vocabulary.

Self hosted on a Linux LAMP server. Configured and managed server including software / kernel updates, ftp accounts, WordPress security, and DDOS attacks.

 
Danaher Attig & Plante Home Page
Danaher Attig & Plante
Web Designer / Developer

Created for a local client that wanted branding / web site for their new accounting business. They need to have a logo, design guide, signage, business cards, letterhead, invoices, and a website produced. After meeting with the client it became clear that they wanted a simple design that invoked feelings of professionalism, wood, and elegance. After a few mockups they deemed too minimalist and modern, we were able to come to an agreement on a design that contained browns and a classic pattern in the background.

Their online presence was constructed specifically with search engine results in mind as this was a new business looking to grow their client base. Their website is based on custom WordPress theme and admin area to hide unnecessary elements like users and blogging features. Within a year of their site going live, they can be found on the first page of the Google search for accountants in Burlington.

 
High Altitude Balloon Photo
High Altitude Balloon
Designer / Programmer / Builder

Class project designed for high school students to tie together different aspects of curriculum including programming, photography, Adobe Illustrator, and 3d design.

After months of planning lessons, delivering instruction, and collaboration with other teachers, the balloon and it's payload successfully reached an altitude of 107,000 ft and travelled 90+ miles.

 
Portfolio
Online Portfolio
Web Designer / Developer

Crafted using OmniGraffle, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Coda. Went through several designs before I settled on this one. By several, I mean like 17. I started off with several wireframes and debating the merits of a multipage site for SEO purposes vs. the simplicity of a single page layout. Once settling on a single page layout, I used Illustrator and Photoshop to visually mockup the layout. From there it was straight coding in Coda. I spent a lot of time producing a site that would work in all browsers without the use of conditional statements or modernizr.

The target audience for this site was a future employer, so everything on this site was self created to show what I could do, not download. From the icons and photography to the HTML / CSS / Javascript. No WYSIWYG editors or HTML / CSS libraries were used to create this site. It was all this guy.

Skills

How I Pay the Proverbial Bills.

Languages
  • HTML 95%
  • CSS 90%
  • Javascript / JQuery 75%
  • PHP / MySQL 85%
  • C / C++ 60%
Knowledge
  • Photography 90%
  • CMS 75%
  • SEO 80%
  • Responsive Design 70%
  • Linux Server Management 85%
 
My Toolset
  • Adobe Photoshop Logo
    Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator Logo
    Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Lightroom Logo
    Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Premiere Logo
    Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe After Effects Logo
    Adobe After Effects
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Logo
    Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Unreal Engine 4 Logo
    Unreal Engine 4
  • WordPress Logo
    WordPress

Resume

My Life Summed Up IN A Single Page.

Experience
2004
Instructional Assistant: Computer Animation and Web Design
2004 - 2010
  • Help develop web design curriculum and assessment for students.
  • Deliver classroom instruction to students in computer lab environment.
  • Create and manage class web site and blog.
  • Setup, image and maintain classroom computers and network.
  • Build, manage and secure Linux web server using terminal.
 
2006
Web Manager: Chittenden Central Supervisory Union
2006 - 2011
  • Redesign, organize and code new CCSU site based on custom CMS.
  • Meet with web team, department heads, and school administrators to identify / develop individual needs.
  • Create / deliver training documents to 400+ site editors.
  • Help with issues of hardware/software that affect the web site and it's services.
  • Develop online document / form hosting and searching tool.
 
2010
Teacher: Computer Animation and Web Design 2
2010 - 2015
  • Completely design and create new program curriculum and environment.
  • Stay up to date with current design standards and design instruction to deliver to students.
  • Organize, attend and run design advisory board.
  • Help manage student design internships and college dual enrollment opportunities.
  • Follow and meet with administrators and student's parents about FERPA, ADA, 504 and IEP regulations.
 
2015
Developer / Social Media / Digital Marketing Manager : Rovers North
2015 - 2016
  • Optimize old design to function while new site is developed.
  • Work to develop new site running on Magento and connect to existing ERP.
  • Setup, create content for, and manage multiple social media platforms and advertising.
  • Manage SEO efforts, monitor analytics for advertizing and iventory purposes, and run AdWords account.
  • Overhaul email marketing campaign using A/B testing and remarketing.
 
2017
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Schooling
 
2010
Vermont Technical College: Teacher Prep Program
2010 - 2013

Program designed for people with 6 years of technical knowledge in a career area and an apprentice Vermont teaching license, looking to obtain a Level 1 Teaching License.
Courses included:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Teaching Methods
  • Legal Issues and Trends
  • Instruction for Students with Special Needs
 
2012
Saint Michael's College: Professional Development Courses
2012 - 2015

Professional development courses designed for teachers of high school technical programs.
Courses included:

  • Technology Integration
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Gender Equity
 
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Hobbies

What I Do When I'm Not Making Websites.

  • Camera IconPhotography
  • Wrench IconFixing Cars
  • Mixer IconCooking
  • Bicycle IconBiking

Contact

Call Me, Beep Me, If You Wanna Reach Me.

Phone IconPhone: 802.399.8256
 
 
 
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Burlington, Vermont