Hi! I'm Brice...

I've spent the past several years in the world of web development, working with clients of varying sizes on dozens of different platforms & technologies across the stack. I'm comfortable with pretty much anything written in code, but primarily specialize in crafting bespoke and intriguing client-facing interactions. Having been academically trained in graphic design and digital media production, I have the rare combination of being design-aware as well as understanding, in depth, how to implement design for the web in an architecturally sound manner.

Currently, I'm working on a bunch of websites you've probably heard of, but I'm always open to chatting with new and interesting people about what they're up to, so please don't hesitate to get in touch :)

What I've Been Working On Recently...

I'm currently part of the team that works on Kinja, the software that enables 85-100 million active users a month to experience some of the internet's favorite sites like Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku, Jalopnik, The Root, Jezebel, Deadspin(ಠ_ಠ), and The Onion.

Kinja Custom Header

One of the areas that I've spent some time contributing to has been on the "Featured Post" template, which is used by our editorial staff to distinguish certain articles (primarily long-form or investigative content) from regular posts that appear on the sites. I've been responsible for building features that give authors the ability to:

Other Past Highlights...

Zorch Branded Merchandise

The branded merchandising company Zorch, came to Doejo looking to update their web presence to better reflect the modern, technology-driven approach they use to help their customers on a daily basis. As the lone developer on the project, I successfully executed on the designer's ambitious vision, weaving a variety of innovative and technically novel pieces into a single, seamless, platform-agnoistic experience. A full writeup on the project can be found on the Doejo blog.

The site is built using WordPress, with a collection of various JavaScript libraries and utilities driving most of the client-facing interactivity. The site is currently live at www.zorch.com.

Investor’s Business Daily

Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) is a leader in the financial, economic, and political news sector. IBD and Doejo collaborated to create a streamlined workflow of content creation within an updated CMS and implemented lightning-fast, seamless integration of online publishing to print production. The front end received a facelift, including flexible page designs, allowing user-friendly layout updates on the fly.

I joined the project a few months into the development process, with the specific purpose of auditing and refactoring the front-end code that had already been written. In addition to resolving the outstanding issues uncovered, I handled the majority of the remaining front-end development work, and helped define and implement a modern development and QA work flow for the organization going forward. The site is currently live at www.investors.com.

Doejo Docs

When I first arrived at Doejo, I was frustrated by the lack of information that was available to new hires. After a few months, I decided to do something about that. In my spare time, I took it upon myself to create the information repository that I had wished existed when I first started.

The project was an implementation of Gollum (a Git-powered wiki system built in Ruby), that I extended to add custom functionality like:

  • OAuth authentication
  • the ability to embed Google Docs
  • specialty content components
  • various menu & navigation improvements
  • containerization via Docker with the help of our dev-ops specialist

Additionally, I also became the project's primary content contributor, writing on a wide variety of topics including: company policies & procedures, how-tos for internal tools, coding style guides/best practices, and client/project notes.

Packback Books

I worked with Packback Books to help build and launch version 2 of their digital text book rental platform. The site uses AngularJS on top of a Laravel back-end. Additionally, I was tasked with creating a common styling framework and pattern library which is still used across all of their various properties. It can be found here.

Front-End Refactoring: Sniff Out Code Smells Using Media Queries

An article written for the Doejo blog that discusses some strategies around using JavaScript to painlessly audit an unfamiliar front-end code base, with the goal of uncovering idiosyncrasies and flaws that could potentially cause issues maintaining or enhancing the project going forward.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to check out some of the things I've written or explore my old site which has a far longer list of things I've created throughout my career.