Hello, I'm Justin!

Dev / Designer / Problem Solver

For over a decade, I have been helping clients big and small, by creating: logos/brand guidelines, exhibition graphics, environmental design, marketing materials, marketing strategies/communication plans, websites, mobile/web apps and more.

My combination of design and development experience gives me unique perspective when it comes to problem solving. I leverage current technologies and frameworks including: jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, Foundation, Ember, Handlebars, Bourbon, LESS, SASS, and SCSS just to name a few.

Some of My Work

My Strengths

90%
Leadership
95%
Creativity
90%
Reliability
80%
Comunication
90%
Humor
100%
Humility

*Ask me about my abstracted, totally subjective, ratings system!

Experience

Work Experience

04/12 - Now

Front-End Developer - Mary Kay

Results:

  • Awarded a 2015 "WOW! Best of the Best" award.
  • Recognized for contributions to projects or initiatives more than 20 times with "WOW! Awards" during my tenure.
  • Implemented process improvements for production of email campaigns, creating a savings of more than 20 hrs of staff time per week.
  • Pushed for a change in how files are handled in web projects that created efficiencies and a substantial cost savings in CDN services.
  • Found ways to automate several common tasks that are time consuming and have a high probability of human error inside and outside of my group.

Contributions:

  • Provide front-end business analysis, approach creation, development, testing and release of Mary Kay US consumer and Sales Force facing websites, micro-sites, blogs, communications and e-mail.
  • Lead new projects and fill the role of a Business Analyst, defining project scope, creating schedules, designing workflows and processes.
  • Collaborate with US and Global design teams to create cutting edge digital solutions and interactive content.
  • Develop advanced functionality and configure it to work within existing (many times older more rigid) frameworks.
  • Oversee day-to-day work and schedules of contract developers.
  • Use expertise to guide current initiatives and identify future digital strategies/solutions that will improve Mary Kay's profitability and the perception of its brand.
10/10 - 08/13

Designer/WordPress Developer - BOSS Group

Key Clients:

  • Mary Kay Inc.
  • The Container Store
  • Cheddar's Country Kitchen

Contributions:

  • Provided front end development and design support for projects.
  • Built HTML prototypes for customer approval in a forward facing way that would be easy to implement on the back end.
  • Consulted on projects as an expert specializing in WordPress development.
09/08 - 05/10

Creative Developer - LifeSynch/Humana

Results:

  • As part of a two man team, I personally provided or acted as a consultant for all design, photography, videography, and development tasks for the corporation, resulting in more than $100,000 in savings.

Contributions:

  • Developed proposal graphics, flowcharts organizational processes, and presentation graphics. Coordinated with print and warehouse vendors, vendor selection, obtaining quotes.
  • Designed and managed printing and distribution of internal and external publications including a provider newsletter with 50k recipients.
  • Designed and coded several web portals for and web sites including the public facing company web site targeted at members, providers, employers, brokers, and consultants.
  • Developed the marketing materials that reflect LifeSynch’s new look including the capabilities brochure, sales sheets, and new templates for PowerPoint.
  • Lead departmental trainings on Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Photoshop, and InDesign. Organized and facilitated brain storming sessions for new products. Project managed member education materials for topics such as ADHD and Depression in the Elderly.
07/06 - 09/08

Industrial Graphic Artist - L-3 Communications

Results:

  • Led the proposal design effort for several contracts resulting in wins totaling more than $2B.
  • Tribute to Excellence Award - Outstanding Performance (2007)
  • Tribute to Excellence Award - Outstanding Performance (2006)

Contributions:

  • Designed collateral associated with company programs.
  • Came up with new design ideas, marketing strategy/concepts.
  • Worked with domestic and international customers on proprietary and government secret proposals.
  • Taught weekly classes to consisting of tips and techniques of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Strata3DCX.
08/01 - NOW

Designer/Developer - JNashDesign/JNashDev

Key Clients:

  • Orange County Choppers, National High School Basketball Association, Arkansas Fantastics, Furonda Brasfield (America’s Next Top Model Participant).

Results:

  • Selected by Adobe to be a part of their Beta Testing program
  • Selected by LinkedIn to be a part of the Premium Insider program
  • Selected by Behance to host the Dallas Portfolio Review in 2012
  • Featured Artist Portfolio featured on CSSStar.com
  • designerID.com Pick of the Day
  • Best Poster - National DoD FOD Conference
  • Worth1000.com - iThinkWorks Challenge Winner

Contributions:

  • Provide branding and identity support or consultation for small businesses
  • Provide art direction to create marketing materials and provide all design support necessary to push business forward.
  • Provide insights and business strategy/direction
  • Provide web and/or app development to accomplish business needs.

Projects

01/17 - 06/17

EmojiMadness iOS App

Contributions:

  • Created a puzzle style match 3 iOS game, using Construct2 and Cordova/Phonegap.

See Project

07/14 - 03/15

NupeNetwork

Results:

  • NupeNetwork reached over 1,200 verified members in less than 6 months.

Contributions:

  • Designed, developed, and maintained a full-featured social networking site using the BuddyPress platform, created for the sole purpose of facilitating Brotherhood and networking opportunities for the members of Kappa Alpha Psi.
  • Managed the user-base by verifying membership, fielding all inquiries and requests.
  • Provided a secure area where members can feel free to speak candidly about esoteric information and feel comfortable knowing that every user is a verified member.
  • Created and managed the targeting and usage of ads, provided a gamification and incentive program for members to raise awareness and grow the user-base.

See Project

02/10 - 01/15

TheIllustrati

Contributions:

  • Designed, developed, and maintained a full-featured social networking site using the BuddyPress platform, created for the sole purpose of promoting members of the design community.
  • Provided a place for members to showcase their work, have candid discussions with other creatives, and find jobs through job boards and referrals.
  • Created marketing materials and built relationships with business owners to provide opportunities for members of the design community.

See Project

Education

2005 - Now

Lynda.com / CodeAcademy / Stack Overflow / Peers / Life

I have always had a thirst for learning. I'm willing to sacrifice my time and effort to gain the knowledge necessary. So far, I have taught myself HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress, and PHP.

2001 - 2005

Bachelors of Arts (Graphic Design) - Southern Arkansas University

Activities and Societies

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. (Keeper of Records)
  • Pan-Helenic Council
  • University Housing (Resident Assistant and Residence Hall Director)
  • Residence Hall Honorary Society
  • Student Government (Senator for School of Liberal and Performing Arts)
  • Leadership Academy (Participant and Leader)
  • Black Student's Association
  • AIGA and Pivot Point

Competencies

Web Design

90%

Web Development

85%

Email Development

75%

WordPress Development

75%

HTML5 + CSS3

90%

JavaScript

65%

References

Testimonials are enough to convince people for now.

GS Marketing

"I've had the liberty and privilege to work with Justin on various occasions. Justin has always been the most dedicated person in the room, no matter the challenge at hand. He exemplifies a strong will to not only lead, but to also solve problems. Justin, is well versed in his creative craft in addition to sharpening his skill sets and knowledge daily. His creative ability commingled with his graphic design and web related experience is unparalleled to most designers. I've always respected his ability to do both at a very high level, he's a rare breed of talent that is hard to find. He strategic efforts to manage his own creative ventures along side of his professional career is quite impressive and for that he is qualified for just about any creative project he so desires."

Dante' Curry
Operations Design Manager

Mary Kay

"Justin has proven to be a tremendous asset and very reliable resource here at the company. He has saved this company literally millions of dollars this past year implementing cutting-edge technologies that we were unaware of. He does his homework and researches a problem and then comes back with the most efficient and cost-effective way to implement the solution. He is a hybrid when it comes to both design and development which is a very rare talent these days. It's been a real pleasure working together with him. Ambitious perfectionist. He is customer focused, creative, well educated and organized . He always maintains very good relation with co-workers and clients."

Jimmy Harrell
Account/Project Manager

The BOSS Group

"Justin is a consummate professional and a delight to work with! His background and versatility in both agency and corporate settings has enabled him to work successfully on tight deadlines and on quick turn around projects. He stays abreast of the latest technology, making him an irreplaceable asset to any creative team. Justin always delivers quality creative to his clients, keeping the client's best interests in mind. I've worked consecutively with Justin over the last 1.5 years, and he is an extremely talented and dependable professional. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to partner with him and look forward to working with him in the future!"

Janoo Chawla
Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator

Ingersoll Rand

"Used Mr. Justin Nash services to provide me with high quality logo design, web designs and much more. He has great ability to translate words into design concepts and execute projects with the highest level quality while being mindfull of time constraints. Highly recommend for project of any magnitude."

Eric Befidi
Engineering Excellence Project Coach

bkm Total Office

"Justin has a unique eye and not only thinks out side the box, but, colors outside the lines as well. Obstacles are leaped over, crashed through and overall circumvented. No is never accepted at face value. He is a creative thinker and ambitiously seeks out new and realistic solutions for any project."

Joel Shakespear
Marketing Manager

The Daedalus Group, LLC

"I've had the pleasure of working directly with Justin for over two years and have always been impressed with his creativity, his compositional and artistic talent and business acumen. Justin is exceptionally responsive and always has a great attitude. I endorse him, wholeheartedly and without hesitation."

Dan Clark
Chief Executive Officer

Recognition

2015 Mary Kay "Best of the Best" WOW! Award Winner

 

Behance Portfolio Review Host

I have had a great relationship with Behance for many years now and was one of a few chosen by Behance to host a Behance Portfolio Review in Dallas. I coordinated an event that centered around getting graphic artists together to discuss their artwork and solicit feedback from their peers.
See Event Poster

Adobe Customer Advisory Board Member

Invited to be a member of the board to provide feedback based on solicited surveys and questionnaires about software and usage.

Adobe Beta Tester

Invited to be a tester to provided feedback to the Adobe Team (Adobe Muse Testing Team).

DoD Design Awards

  • Won "Best Poster" at the 2007 National DoD FOD Conference
  • L-3 Tribute to Excellence - Creative Team
  • L-3 Tribute to Excellence - JCA Capture Team

Website Features

  • Portfolio was featured on CSS Awards.com
  • Featured artist on CSSStar.com
  • Featured artist and interviewed on SpicyWebdesigners.com
  • Exhibition artwork chosen as the designerID.com "Pick of the Day" 10/1/07
  • U.S.E 19 clothing website featured on WeLoveWp.com, CSSStar.com, CSSBrigit.com, WPCount.com and the Queness blog listed it in the article “34 Fresh and Creative Wordpress Blog Designs"
  • Worth1000.com iThinkWorks Logo Design Challenge Winner

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