My name is Nico Killips and I'm a professional web developer and designer of 15 years. I currently work as an independent consultant helping small to mid size businesses solve problems related to web technology. Most of the work I do is within the scope of “front end web development:” the practice of understanding and modifying the inner-workings of websites that are responsible for the user's experience.
I started my career as a print and digital designer in the Greater Lansing area of Michigan. This side-hustle of making promotional fliers for small local businesses quickly evolved (thankfully) into an agency gig.
As time went on, I found myself responding to the needs of my environment and learning how to build websites. I grew to love it!
Transition to responsive design
In my travels across Detroit, Orlando, and Chicago, I was able to land a number of agency and startup positions that leveraged my skills in responsive design and front end development.
From working for local marketing agencies to global fortune 500 shops, I’ve learned a great deal!
Flexibility is always more important than being knowledgeable. Methodologies, syntax, and concepts change all the time so it’s important to adapt.
When I learned how to zoom out of my day-to-day work and see how it impacts the project as a whole, it improved my ability to create a work scope. It also gave me a sense of purpose and connection.
To this day, I will tackle any task to help. I consider every facet of my discipline set a gift, and use them to service others as best I can.
Skills at a Glance
Languages / SYNTAX
Markup, server-side, plugins or frame work syntax I have used throughout my career.
Soft Skills / Values
Personal values that I inherently bring to every project.
|Flexibility||Verbal / Written Communication|
Front-end frameworks I have either implemented or modified.
Industries of which I have directly contributed intellectual resources/property.
|Local and State Government||Non-Profit Organizations|
|Private Sector Healthcare||Small to Mid-Size Local Businesses|
|Finance / Crowdfunding||Solo Entrepreneurs|
|Fortune 50 Corporations||Startups|
Skills that are specific to software/web development and design.
|Agile Methodology||Project Planning / Estimation*|
|Content Management Systems||Prototyping (Mockups and Mood Boards)|
|Design Theory and Critique||Responsive Design and Development|
|DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself)||SEO*|
|Image Editing and Optimization||Typography|
|Layout||Version Control (git)|
|Object-Oriented Programming||Wordpress Theme Development|
A list of code editors, design software, productivity apps, quality control tools, and project management platforms that I have used extensively.
|Adobe Creative Suite||JIRA|
|Atlassian Suite||Microsoft Office|
|Cloud Storage Platforms||Source Tree|
|Google Apps||Sublime Text|
|IntelliJ IDE||Windows 10|
Content Management Systems
CMS Platforms of which I have experience with templating, user management, and or privacy/security.
* Contextual experience of varying levels of expertise