Benjamin Knight

Benjamin Knight

Berkeley, United States
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Benjamin Knight

Benjamin Knight

Berkeley, United States
Member since November 13, 2014
Benjamin is a web designer and developer with experience across the web stack beginning in his early teens before web standards. He codes with an eye towards providing a quality user experience and interaction, and enjoys making creative decisions. He loves Python and JavaScript (the good parts) and has worked in a variety of environments, from a large engineering team to a smaller startup and independent freelance work.
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  • CSS, 15 years
  • PHP, 10 years
  • JavaScript, 6 years
  • Python, 3 years
  • EcmaScript 2015 (ES6), 1 year
  • jQuery, 5 years
  • Responsive Web Design, 6 years
  • WordPress, 5 years
Berkeley, United States
Preferred Environment
OS X, Unix, Git, Sass, Atom
The most amazing...
...thing for me is being able to work with people who challenge me to push the ever-evolving web platform to its limits.
  • Front-end Developer with Design Focus (via Toptal)
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Developed new front-end components.
    • Implemented design for product features.
    • Created mobile-first, responsive interfaces.
    • Utilized advanced ECMAScript 6 and 7 language features for more expressive, flexible code.
    • Worked with a remote team.
    Technologies: React.js, Babel, Reflux.js, SCSS, Gulp
  • Front-end Software Engineer
    2012 - 2014
    • Worked closely with the product team to build new features for the desktop and mobile site.
    • Had a lead role on the small team that produced Yelp's first UI style guide, and then made it available to the public. The style guide precipitated an organization-wide push towards modular design.
    • Completely rebuilt Yelp's most important page--the business page--from scratch, using advanced CSS features for layout and interaction.
    • Led the development of a complete overhaul of all email templates, including Yelp Weekly, which is sent to millions of users per week.
    • Gained unique experience working on a large-scale software project with hundreds of contributors. Learned extensively about release engineering, including testing and deployment, as well as common web security vulnerabilities.
    Technologies: Python, jQuery, Closure Library
  • UI Designer/Web Developer
    2011 - 2012
    • Designed multiple experiments focused on optimizing user onboarding, using Optimizely's A/B testing platform.
    • Had a fluid role within a startup environment, ranging from coding to graphic design and product management.
    • Used Scrum.
    • Redesigned the website's main navigation.
    • Overcame challenges involved in modernizing the front end of a 7-year-old codebase.
    Technologies: PHP, jQuery
  • Web Developer
    Perch Design Studio
    2009 - 2011
    • Turned beautiful Photoshop designs into WordPress sites.
    • Built some Shopify sites.
    • Learned how to use WordPress as a framework for general application development, not just for blogging and static content.
    • Built mobile sites using both custom mobile stylesheets as well as media queries when they were still a new technology.
    • Got to work with many local businesses in and around my home town of Portland, Maine.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, jQuery
  • Namecheap Mobile Promo (Development)

    I built this simple Twilio integration app for getting an app store download link through SMS. My role was co-designer and lead developer. The back-end was built in custom PHP. The responsive front-end is built using the Inuit.css SASS framework.

  • Namecheap Blog (Development)

    Namecheap's WordPress blog, launched in January 2015. I designed and coded it.

  • Yelp Weekly Email (Design)

    Yelp’s weekly email, sent to several million users each week. I co-designed and built it. This was a mobile-first email design project, which was challenging considering the extreme limitations of HTML email. This project led to a further overhaul of Yelp’s entire HTML email template inventory, where I was the lead developer.

  • Yelp Styleguide (Development)

    I had a lead role on the small design team that created Yelp’s public styleguide. The styleguide precipitated an organization-wide effort towards modular design across all platforms.

  • Philips Hue Alfred Workflow (Development)

    I created this handy dandy workflow for controlling a Philips Hue lighting system, built in my favorite scripting language, Python.

  • Democratic Ads (Design)

    Home page design and development. Worked with client to design a new splash-style front page for their ads product, featuring a product overview, video, testimonials, and selected press.

  • Languages
    EcmaScript 2015 (ES6), Python, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5
  • Frameworks
    Bootstrap, inuit.css, Django, AngularJS
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery, D3.js, React.js, Polymer, Node.js
  • Paradigms
    Responsive Web Design
  • Platforms
    Chrome Extensions, WordPress, Unix, Shopify, Google App Engine
  • Misc
    Styleguides, HTML Email, Rendering Performance, Squarespace, BEM Architecture
  • Tools
    Adobe Photoshop, Jekyll, Adobe Illustrator
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Computer Science
    Colby College - Waterville, Maine
    2005 - 2009
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