About Me

I'm a UI/UX Designer, CSS Specialist & Frontend Developer in Los Angeles, CA. I believe websites can change communities.

As a front-end developer with a background in design, I have worked with local and distributed teams to create user-friendly and appealing application interfaces and websites for users. I have experience developing a project from planning to deployment. I have a special interest in user experience, WordPress, Shopify and Non Profits.

Name: Verona Gillespie

Email: verona@codebloo.com

Phone: + 310 728 0394

Skype: codebloo

Location: Los Angeles, 90065

LinkedIn

Status: Working on contract for Aeolidia.com -- interested in FT remote Shopify or WordPress positions

Non Profits: VP of Dogs Without Borders (dog rescue), Executive Director of Laika Veterinary Foundation

Skills

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HTML5, CSS3, jQuery · Mobile First Development · SASS & LESS (Codekit, Suzy, Bourbon), Media Queries · WordPress (WooCommerce, Functions.php, ACF, Child Themes) · Shopify Theming & Optimization · Social Media Growth & Engagement · Wireframing, Balsamiq · PSD to Code Conversions · Photoshop, Illustrator · UI/UX, Website Architecture · Versioning (Git, SVN, Bitbucket), A/B testing · Agile, Waterfall, Rapid, Slack · JIRA & Confluence, Basecamp, Invision, Trello, Zeplin

Work Experience

Lead Developer / CHELSEA & RACHEL CO.

Feb 2020 - Present

I lead a small team of developers to build custom Shopify Plus experiences for the food and beverage industry.

Product Designer & UI Developer (contract) / Appetize

June 2018 - Jan 2019

Working with a distributed team, in Los Angeles and abroad, I am customizing front end experiences for their white labelled web-app, on a per client basis, as well as advising on overall improvements to UX

Designing new UX flows, visual designs and UI frameworks for customer facing ordering systems, and enterprise administration systems for web/SAAS appliations

Shopify Developer (contract) / AEOLIDIA

Feb 2018 - Present

They call me the fixer. (They don't but they could).

Working with a distributed team, I build, repair, enhance and modify full customized Shopify stores, beautifully designed and developed for the crafting community.

Product Designer & UI Developer (contract) / Appetize

June 2018 - Jan 2019

Working with a distributed team, in Los Angeles and abroad, I am customizing front end experiences for their white labelled web-app, on a per client basis, as well as advising on overall improvements to UX

Designing new UX flows, visual designs and UI frameworks for customer facing ordering systems, and enterprise administration systems for web/SAAS appliations

UX Designer & Developer / CODEBLOO.com

2000 - 2019
  • Founded and manage successful company providing front-end wordpress, graphic design, WordPress, UX flows, and UI wordpress to corporations, agencies, startups, and nonprofits.
  • Build and optimize easy-to-use, accessible, and exciting web and mobile user experiences that improve conversions.
  • Collaborate with clients to determine requirements, coded website layouts in compliant code, and updated older sites to ensure cross-browser compatibility.
  • Constantly communicate with design, marketing, event teams and executives to ensure goals for required details, deadlines, and visual appeal are met.
  • Developed web and mobile-friendly sites, and create digital brands customized for a company’s visual aesthetic.
  • Converted online voting visuals into immersive and fully responsive experience for American Idol/FOX.
  • Devised technical specs, user flows and timelines for wordpress of custom WordPress plugins. Worked closed with backend developers to bring new functions to fruition.

UI Developer (contract) / HockeyTech

Feb 2018 - Dec 2018

Working closely with the backend team, I build and style all the front-end views for a new web-based, Angular.js drafting application for hockey teams across all leagues

Product Designer & UI Developer (contract) / Appetize

June 2018 - Jan 2019

Working with a distributed team, in Los Angeles and abroad, I am customizing front end experiences for their white labelled web-app, on a per client basis, as well as advising on overall improvements to UX

Designing new UX flows, visual designs and UI frameworks for customer facing ordering systems, and enterprise administration systems for web/SAAS appliations

WordPress Developer (contract) / High Times Magazine

June 2018 - Aug 2018

Worked with in-house marketing teams to design and develop appealing, converting landing pages for a custom crowdfunding style platform launching interest in High Times Magazine shares.

Front-end Developer (contract) / Conversion Systems

Jan 2017 - Oct 2017
  • Consulted as relief developer specializing in SEO and sales conversions, responsible for completing unfinished projects and maintaining online client stores, sales funnel landing pages and ad campaigns.
  • Increased front-end efficiency and cost-effectiveness by collaborating with project management team to reduce technical debt on older sites.
  • Created custom Shopify themes for new clients, including NailandBone.com.

Education

MFA Acting / Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

MFA

BAA Film & New Media / Ryerson University

Google Certified

Google Analytics Certification & Google AdWords Search Certification

Skills focus

Responsive

Fully Responsive

Mobile first, Bootstrap, SASS/LESS, Bourbon Neat, Suzy or custom grid systems

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User First Design

My focus is on conversions and ease of use for the user. I believe in mixing beautiful, creative design with a attention to user patterns to help visitors find what they need, fast.

Chat

Project Management & Documentation

With a background as a contractor I am comfortable leading a team, as well as writing documentation and user manuals.

Clients

High Times
Hockey Tech
Appetize App
Noggin Oil
American Healthcare Capital
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Get in touch

Email

verona@codebloo.com

Call Me

+1.310.728.0394

Address

Los Angeles, 90065