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Xander Gottlieb, JavaScript Developer in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Xander Gottlieb

JavaScript Developer in Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Member since July 24, 2018
With an understanding that spans code, design, and marketing, Xander is in a unique position to innovate, communicate, and deliver the highest quality work. In other words, he keeps the big picture in mind while perfecting the smallest details. In his career, he's designed emails to triple engagement, written robust code in sectors from eCommerce to healthcare, moved startups to the front page of Google, and reached the top 2% of Stack Overflow.
Xander is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • Freelance
    JavaScript, React, jQuery, PHP, WordPress, SilverStripe, Laravel, Jekyll...
  • Think Digitally
    React, WordPress, WooCommerce, SilverStripe, WebGL, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS
  • Towergate Insurance
    jQuery, Sass, Photoshop, JavaScript, PHP, CSS, HTML5

Experience

  • JavaScript, 6 years
  • CSS, 6 years
  • User Experience (UX), 6 years
  • Design, 6 years
  • Page Speed Optimization, 4 years
  • React, 3 years
Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Mac, GitHub/Lab, VS Code, Docker, Sketch

The most amazing...

...project I've built is a usability-focused, React, and Firebase web app to manage the huge datasets needed for natural language processing and translation.

Employment

  • Freelance Designer and Developer

    2012 - PRESENT
    Freelance
    • Worked alongside the London-based Spider PR and designed animated HTML5 ads for Typhoo Tea while also developing an interactive popcorn simulation in WebGL for Tyrell’s Crisps, and enlivening a host of WordPress sites by developing bespoke themes and plugins.
    • Developed a complete complex system for monitoring the national rollout of a startup ISP in the UK.
    • Designed, developed, and maintained countless marketing and eCommerce websites such as Zigtagz.com.
    • Consulted as a designer and marketer for Evora Global; also conducted UX and SEO site audits which helped them to grow their mailing list and reach the front page of Google.
    Technologies: JavaScript, React, jQuery, PHP, WordPress, SilverStripe, Laravel, Jekyll, HTML5, CSS, Sketch
  • Head of Web Development

    2015 - 2018
    Think Digitally
    • Was promoted within two years from an intern to the Head of Web Development.
    • Contributed designs and code (including a region-dependent blog, a digital health tracker built with React, and close to a hundred bespoke WordPress plugins/themes).
    • Maintained relationships with customers and strategized for practically every project that crossed the company’s desk.
    • Worked with PHP, WordPress, and eCommerce and became familiar with a host of libraries and APIs including Google Drive, SparkPost, PageSpeed, Facebook, and many more.
    • Worked for clients including CBRE, Ogilvy, and countless small enterprises spanning sectors from the law to broadband to food.
    Technologies: React, WordPress, WooCommerce, SilverStripe, WebGL, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS
  • Digital Marketing Consultant

    2015 - 2016
    Towergate Insurance
    • Worked in a large, multidisciplinary team of specialists with skills ranging from development to pay-per-click advertising.
    • Rapidly iterated on digital and print advert designs and webpage mockups using Photoshop.
    • Developed a new approach to the company’s online forms—devising an intuitive user interface and custom validation logic to reduce abandonment.
    • Wrote automation scripts for auditing and web scraping to greatly increase efficiency in keyword mining for the company's SEO team.
    • Built a lean 30-page website; taking it from mockups to vanilla HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, in under a week.
    Technologies: jQuery, Sass, Photoshop, JavaScript, PHP, CSS, HTML5

Experience

  • Zigtagz | Find Lost Things (Development)
    https://alexandergottlieb.com/websites/zigtagz/

    I handled the full-stack design and development of an eCommerce website. I have been fully engaged with this project from the beginning—helping the company through branding, design, development, marketing, and SEO.

  • CBRE About Real Estate Blog (Development)
    https://alexandergottlieb.com/websites/cbre-about-real-estate/

    I rebuilt the blog of the world's largest real estate services and investment firm on a modern WordPress framework. About Real Estate has been enhanced with a whole suite of custom plugins, including one which allows the site to serve different, granular content to each country and region automatically.

  • Think Digitally (Development)
    https://alexandergottlieb.com/websites/thinkdigitally/

    After a long collaboration of building websites and plugins with Think Digitally, it was time to refresh the company’s own website. Think Digitally builds wonderful user experiences for the web, so it felt only right that our site should be as cutting-edge yet user-friendly as the products we create.

    The site was built on top of WordPress in a gorgeous way to showcase the company’s vast portfolio. A smart two-tier navigation expands when you need it and hides away when you don’t.

  • Interactive Popcorn Simulation (Other amazing things)
    https://alexandergottlieb.com/playground/#popcorn

    An interactive, popcorn-filled physics simulation built using Matter.js.

  • Pine | UX for Natural Language Processing (Development)
    https://alexandergottlieb.com/playground/pine/

    Treebanks contain a vast number of sentences represented as tree diagrams describing their grammar. These trees are often vital for parsing, translating, or otherwise processing language. However, creating and maintaining treebanks is difficult and time-consuming and the complicated tools that are currently available do little to simplify this task.

    Enter Pine: a purpose-built and open source treebank editor that puts usability and speed at its core.

  • Evora Global (Development)
    https://alexandergottlieb.com/websites/evora/

    A complete SEO and social strategy, alongside design advice, helped Evora (previously Sustainable Commercial Solutions) to go global.

    With a MailChimp newsletter, management of social media accounts, and keyword targeting, we brought Evora onto the first page of Google. Meanwhile, a user experience design refresh helped boost sign-ups to the firm's sustainability newsletter.

Skills

  • Languages

    CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Sass, SQL
  • Frameworks

    Divi, Bootstrap, Express.js, SilverStripe, Laravel
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Google Drive API, jQuery, Node.js, Spotify API
  • Tools

    Sketch, NPM, Photoshop CC, Jekyll, Git, Terminal, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Webpack
  • Paradigms

    REST, BEM, Agile, Functional Programming
  • Platforms

    cPanel, WooCommerce, WordPress, Firebase, Docker
  • Other

    Design, User Experience (UX), Page Speed Optimization, SparkPost, SEO Audits
  • Storage

    MySQL, NoSQL, MongoDB

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with Philosophy
    2015 - 2018
    Durham University - Durham, UK
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