Hi! My name is Mike, and I love the web.
I’ve done just about anything and everything related to taking an idea and putting it online. Before going into business independently in 2007, I worked with a lot of excellent people at companies like Real Networks, Intuit, and Washington Mutual. I started my career way back in 1996 as the “webmaster” for Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Over the years, my primary strength is what I now specialize in – writing superb web UI code, implementing complex designs, and fostering the best user experience possible.
I write front-end code
I love hand-crafting HTML and CSS, and utilize tools like Sass, Compass, Bourbon and Neat to create and maintain complex object-oriented CSS.
I write back-end code
I mainly write PHP on the server-side, and in recent years I’ve done a lot of complex WordPress themes and plugins, including administrative customizations and extending the Post/Page and Category/Tag structure with new taxonomies to produce more intricate relationships between content and data.
I love collaborating with designers
For most of my career, I have been a technologist among design professionals. At Intuit I was an Engineer in the User-Centered Design division. In the five years I spent at Washington Mutual, I spent more time interacting with marketing, design and user experience than most anyone in my technology division.
I do lots of other stuff
Like I said in the beginning, when I started making websites, I had to do everything. Set up the hardware, install and configure the server software, set up DNS, everything. I do still maintain a few servers myself, it keeps me humble.