Jacob Abshire, Developer in Houston, TX, United States
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Jacob Abshire

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Front-end Development Developer

Houston, TX, United States
Toptal Member Since
January 27, 2020

Hired during his second year in college to work for a large marketing production firm, Jacob embarked on his career in design and development. Since then, he has helped launch startup companies, including DigitalChalk, and served in creative for organizations like Google, Insperity, and UnitedHealthcare. He enjoys creating interface designs and working to resolve WordPress challenges.


WordPress, MySQL, jQuery, Bootstrap, Less, Sass, JavaScript, PHP...
CSS, HTML, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Access, MySQL, PHP...




Preferred Environment

jQuery, WordPress, PHP, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

The most amazing...

...thing I've worked on was developing a user interface and marketing platform for a top ten online learning company used world-wide.

Work Experience

Senior Graphic Designer | UI Developer

2008 - PRESENT
  • Designed and developed software user interfaces.
  • Designed and developed marketing sites, brand identities, and developer support sites.
  • Oversaw all marketing materials for brand consistency.
Technologies: WordPress, MySQL, jQuery, Bootstrap, Less, Sass, JavaScript, PHP, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Webmaster | Graphic Designer

2002 - 2008
  • Singled-handedly developed the company-wide intranet.
  • Designed marketing materials for PGA tournament branch hosted in Houston, TX.
  • Developed processes for department production services and software to handle projects and dispatches.
  • Developed all marketing sites for corporate as well as customers.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Access, MySQL, PHP, .NET, Active Server Pages (ASP)

Learning Management Software

I served as the lead UI/UX designer and developer for the online application—working with a team of back-end developers to build the user interface and marketing deliveries. We extended the Bootstrap framework as well as Sass, and JavaScript. The vanity sites had custom built themes and plugins for WordPress.

Garage Door Storefront

I worked with a team of developers to produce a website where customers could build custom premium garage doors for purchase. The interface involved complex conditions for parts and styles respectively, as well as a complex cost builder. The site was built in Laravel.

Flooring Solution Formulator

This project involved a WordPress marketing site for multiple patented products of flooring solutions. I took over the website, rebuilt a custom theme to work with Gutenberg blocks, added custom blocks, added interactive functionalities with Google Maps, integrated the Bootstrap framework, and standardized the styles.

Hebrew College

This project involved a college marketing and information site and I was the single designer and developer. I designed the site from scratch based on customer needs and built the site in WordPress with a custom theme, custom blocks, custom post types, custom plugins, and integrated WooCommerce with custom functionalities to allow student enrollment and payment.
2018 - 2020

Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies

Moody Bible Institute - Chicago, IL, USA

1996 - 1998

Associate's Degree in Design

College of the Mainland - Texas City, TX, USA


Human Computer Interaction

Interaction Design Foundation




Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Access


Bootstrap, PHP MVC, .NET, Laravel


CSS, HTML, PHP, HTML5, JavaScript, Sass, Active Server Pages (ASP), Less


WordPress, WooCommerce




Page Template Design, WordPress Design, Front-end, Front-end Development, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX)

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