About

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.


early career

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!

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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.

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mantras

From working for local marketing agencies to global fortune 500 shops, I’ve learned a great deal!

be flexible.
Flexibility is always more important than being knowledgeable. Methodologies, syntax, and concepts change all the time so it’s important to adapt.

solve problems.
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.

help people.
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.

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Skills at a Glance

Languages / SYNTAX

Markup, server-side, plugins or frame work syntax I have used throughout my career.

Applescript mySQL*
CLI* Mustache*
CSS PHP*
HTML LESS
HAML SASS
JS* SCSS
Markdown

Soft Skills / Values

Personal values that I inherently bring to every project.

Budget Awareness Patience
Diplomacy Positivity
Deadline Awareness Pragmatism
Empathy Respect
Flexibility Verbal / Written Communication

Frameworks

Front-end frameworks I have either implemented or modified.

960 Grid
Bootstrap
Foundation
React*

Industry Experience

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

Industry Skills

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
Preprocessors Workflow Optimization
Project Management*  

Software

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
Alfred MacOS
Atlassian Suite Microsoft Office
Basecamp Pivotal Tracker
Bugherd Sketch
Canva Slack
Cloud Storage Platforms Source Tree
Google Apps Sublime Text
IntelliJ IDE Windows 10
InVision Webflow
iOS  

Content Management Systems

CMS Platforms of which I have experience with templating, user management, and or privacy/security.

Drupal*
Joomla
Squarespace
Webflow
Wordpress

* Contextual experience of varying levels of expertise