Erik Wysocan, Developer in New York, NY, United States
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Erik Wysocan

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UI Developer

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
April 28, 2020

With a master's degree in visual arts, an undergraduate degree in graphic design, and over a decade of experience working as a graphic and interaction designer, Erik has the in-depth knowledge and experience required to transform design systems into impactful interactive experiences. He specializes in synthesizing design systems and user interfaces through code.


Library Stack
Elasticsearch, Node.js, CSS3, React, WordPress, PHP, WordPress Themes...
CSS3, React, JavaScript, UI Development
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, CSS3, React, JavaScript, UI Development...




Preferred Environment

Prettier, Figma, Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, PostCSS, Webpack, Git, Slack, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), OS X

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on recently is a pre-review publishing platform for Outbreak Science which is currently helping to support scientific research on COVID-19.

Work Experience

Senior Developer

2017 - PRESENT
Library Stack
  • Designed and developed a custom WordPress-based research archive of contemporary artists' media.
  • Developed a custom PHP OAI-PMH server for integration with library search systems including Worldcat, ProQuest, and EBSCO.
  • Managed the ongoing graceful upgrade from a traditional WordPress PHP/jQuery architecture to a modern headless React front end.
  • Oversaw the successful launch of a library subscription service currently serving many high-profile universities and libraries, including, Yale, Columbia, VCU, RISD, The Whitney Museum, and many others.
Technologies: Elasticsearch, Node.js, CSS3, React, WordPress, PHP, WordPress Themes, UI Development, Web UI, UI Design

Front-end Developer (Independent Contractor)

2019 - 2020
  • Helped to develop Outbreak Science Rapid Prereview: a science journal pre-review platform currently focusing on the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Designed and developed a responsive UI that works across the full range of screen sizes, from mobile to desktop.
  • Created an interactive web-based style guide to assist future developers in producing consistent UI components.
Technologies: CSS3, React, JavaScript, UI Development

Senior Interaction Designer

2015 - 2019
  • Designed and developed the UI of a large-scale scholarly publishing and discovery platform using React and CSS3.
  • Created the brand identity, logo and graphic system for the company,.
  • Developed a robust and detailed HTML and CSS system to produce high-quality client-side print-ready PDFs of journal publications.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, CSS3, React, JavaScript, UI Development, Web UI, CSS, HTML5

Creative Director

2006 - 2011
  • Developed the brand identity and logo for an ecological home products company.
  • Oversaw the successful launch of the inaugural product: a 98% recyclable pen made with renewable resources. It received wide press coverage including Interview Magazine, T Magazine, Paper Magazine, Inhabitat, Tree Hugger, and Apartment Therapy.
  • Directed the design and development of the company's eCommerce website.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CSS, HTML, UI Design

Art Director

2005 - 2006
Sarkissian Partners
  • Led the art direction of the website design of several major corporations including Mazda USA.
  • Art directed the website and photoshoot for the Mazda automotive museum located in Hiroshima Japan.
  • Oversaw the art direction of the prototype UI design for a major automotive in-car touchscreen dashboard.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, UI Design

Library Stack
A WordPress-based website undergoing a graceful migration path to a React front end and headless WordPress back end.

I designed and developed the website and supported the ongoing development of the codebase. The custom WordPress solution included an API integration with AWS Lambda, S3, and Elasticsearch service in addition to an OAI-PMH server for library-systems integration (including EBSCO, ProQuest, and WorldCat search discovery).

Outbreak Science
A React-based web app designed to allow researchers to request, submit, and review research preprints relevant to the Outbreak Science ( community.

I was responsible for the design and development of an overall app interface and UI component library. In addition to app development, I created an interactive style guide so that future developers could maintain the design system standards I developed.
2007 - 2009

Master's Degree in Visual Arts

Columbia University - New York, NY, USA

1995 - 1999

Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design

Rhode Island School of Design - Providence, RI, USA


WordPress API, React, Node.js


PostCSS, Webpack 4, Adobe Illustrator, Figma, Sketch 4, Adobe Photoshop, Slack, Git, Webpack, Sketch, Prettier, Ghost


CSS, PHP, HTML, JavaScript, PHP 7, HTML5, CSS3


WordPress, OS X, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)


UI Design






Graphic Design, Icon Design, UI Development, Web UI, WordPress Themes, SVG, Interaction Design (IxD), Logo Design, Front-end Development, Web to Print, Semantic Web

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