Maryann M. Bell

hey it's me!

I am a New York based designer and developer with over 7 years of experience in startups and agencies.

Strengths

  • Responsive design + development

  • Building e-commerce web sites

  • Producing clean, commented, semantic code with design finesse

  • Focus on transparency in the development process

Experience

New York, New York January 2014 - current

Director of Interactive Development for Cosgrove Associates

Cosgrove Associates is a top integrated marketing communications agency focused on financial services. Clients include Visa, Barclays, NFL, Chase, Apple, and US Airways.

  • Create new processes to move the agency from print to web.70% of business is now web-based including microsites, landing pages, one-off modules, and e-mails
  • Coordinate clients, third party vendors, agencies, and inter-office teams to create accurate timelines and manage client expectations
  • Consult in concepting, UX, QA, and social media
  • Created a dynamic, responsive website for Chase's suite of cards using Angular
  • Executed agency's first responsive microsite
  • Led transition of all development onto Github for version control
  • Introduced new tools including GoogleDocs and Basecamp for collaboration on web projects
New York, New York July 2013 - January 2014

Developer + Designer for Tommy John

Tommy John is a men's undergarment company that focuses on comfort and innovation. Technologies used: Ruby on Rails, jQuery, haml, CoffeeScript, Sass, Basecamp, Campaign Monitor, GitHub, Optimizely, Monetate, Mac

  • Responsible for all online front-facing design and implementation, including all website additions and edits and email marketing
  • Set and met deadlines consistently through organization and efficiency
  • Maintained a responsive website design with a focus on compatibility with mobile devices and tablets
  • Completed a redesign of checkout, taking it from 5 pages to a single, ajax-driven page
  • Created a responsive carousel for homepage, along with designing slides
New York, New York July 2011 - June 2013

Developer for Moda Operandi

Moda Operandi is a high-end fashion e-commerce startup in its second year. Technologies used: Python w/ Django (backend), PHP (frontend), jQuery, Wordpress, Trello, Sailthru, GitHub, Optimizely, Knockout, mustache, Mac

  • Led a team of 4 developers as Scrum Master while transitioning to Scrum
  • Utilized Optimizely to do A/B testing on site changes, including a change to the shopping cart that increased checkout starts by 28%
  • Designed a new checkout flow, condensing the payment process from 3 pages to a single page without page reloads
  • Developed MO's magazine using Wordpress
  • Created and coded email templates that increased opens and clickthroughs and decreased customer service complaints
  • Created iPad web application from concept to completion-- making it possible to shop a designer's collection directly from the runway during Fashion Week
  • Implemented social sharing and login utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and Google's APIS
New York, New York December 2010 - July 2011

Frontend Developer for Everyday Health, Inc.

Everyday Health is a flagship health website with a portfolio of over 25 sites, including JillianMichaels.com and SouthBeachDiet.com. Technologies used: .NET, customized CMS, jQuery, Gigya, Windows

  • Implemented the redesign of the Everyday Health Centers and PDRHealth.com
  • Integrated social media into Everyday Health sites using the Gigya platform
  • Rewrote the code for Everyday Health's Calorie Counter, utilizing ajax to create an interactive and responsive user interface
New York, New York Fall 2008 - December 2010

Lead Frontend Developer for Health Guru, Inc.

Health Guru is a health video provider. Technologies used: PHP w/ Zend, Mootools, 960 CSS framework, customized CMS, Trac, Subversion, Linux

  • Led a team of 5 web developers through 3 major site revisions
  • Designed and developed the UX for many of Health Guru's online products, including the Quiz Application
  • Coordinated design and technology to obtain specs, wireframes, and design mockups
  • Tracked and managed development with an emphasis on transparency for upper management
  • Responsible for hiring, tracking, teaching, and nicknaming the first tech intern
Fall 2007 - present

Additional web projects for various clients

  • Mentoring @ Skilledup Academy: Currently mentoring for Skilledup; teach learners and help develop the development curriculum
  • Developer @ weeSpring: Worked as a frontend developer for weeSpring, a startup that participated in TechStars 2013
  • Wordpress development: Wordpress development: Create and edit Wordpresses for musical artists such as Emily Cavanagh and small businesses such as rouxroo
  • Freelance website development: Create and maintain websites for businesses like the Chambers Hotel

Development Skills

Expert: HTML, CSS and Sass, Javascript and jQuery

Proficient: Backbone, Angular, Python - Django, .NET, Ruby on Rails, PHP

Tools I use daily: Sublime, command line, Chrome and Chrome's debugger, Github (or other desired version control)

Other tools/technologies I've used: Foundation and Bootstrap; Mac, PC, and Linux Operating systems; Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel); Trac, Mantis, and Git Issues

  • Coding to enhance SEO considerations in mind
  • Enhancing sites for performance and speed
  • Creating cross-browser compatible websites that work for IE8+
  • Pair code and code review to collaborate on code
  • Strong grasp of Wordpress and experience with several popular themes
  • Code emails in tables and test via Litmus

Other Skills

Research/concept

  • Analyze user patterns using Optimizely, Omniture and Google Analytics
  • Manage product development via Trello and Google Drive
  • Manage development process using Scrum methodologies

Design

  • Wireframe using Balsamiq and Justinmind
  • Rapidly prototype with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Design with Adobe CS5 Photoshop and Illustrator, InDesign

Process

  • Creating accurate time estimates and pushing process to meet deadlines.
  • Presenting and interacting with clients
  • Mentoring and teaching
  • Creating checklists to standardize processes to drive projects

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Advertising - Pennsylvania State University at University Park
  • Graduated in 3 years with High Distinction in the top 5%
  • School of Visual Arts - JavaScript and Information Architecture