Design & Development

I build using HTML5 & CSS3 so that your site is future proofed. A great user experience the most important measure of success.

Responsive Design

There are a million different screens out there. You need to look good on all of them.

Clean Code

I use SublimeText to write my code and CodeKit to debug, compile and compress. It's ok if this means nothing to you, but trust me it's important!

Adobe CS

I'm a pro with the applications that matter in Adobe Creative Suite. I even crack open Flash every once in awhile so I can reminisce about the bad-old days.

Photography

Oh yea, I've been taking photos for nearly 25 years and I'm a huge fan of Nikons.

About

Vaughn D. Taylor

Developer, Hat Wearer

I've been designing since 1991, and in the Web Industry since 1996. I specialize in front-end development, frameworks, HTML5, LESS CSS, ExpressionEngine, UI/UX, Responsive Design and more. I'm more than just an old-timer - I'm really well-rounded. I have worn many, many hats!

I've worked and studied in various fields. Previous job titles include: pre-press technician, graphic designer, photographer, typographer, art director, creative director, marketing director, technical support representative, senior applications specialist, color management specialist, adjunct instructor, director of online assets, and business owner.

Relentlessly pursuing pixel-perfect websites has been my goal since the start. I'd love to work with you so you can share my enthusiasm.

Praise

Vaughn is a digital business manager's perfect partner. While a great front-end and user experience developer, he's also quick to contribute value to digital strategy development. He uses his desire for excellence, drive for start-up style pace, extensive experience and current knowledge to deliver products that accomplish business objectives. He's collaborative and independent when and where appropriate. I've worked with many designers and developers, but Vaughn is truly one of the best.

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Résumé

Professional Experience

I've pared this list down to positions I've held that apply to web development. However, if you're interested we can chat about my stints in construction, mushroom farming, landscaping, and working as a Union Bottler for Rollng Rock.

Director of Online Assets: The Receivables Exchange

July 2010 – March 2013

New Orleans, LA

Designed, developed, and maintained a complex system of internal and external websites and web applications that supported the organization’s Marketing and Sales departments and drove leads into the top of the organizational funnel. This system involved a myriad of skills, tools, and languages including: UI/UX, HTML, CSS, jQuery, MySQL, PHP, XML, LESS, Apache Web Server, ExpressionEngine CMS, command line using Terminal, Git Repositories, Adobe Creative Suite, APIs (Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and more.

Marketing Director: Computrols, Inc.

December 2008 – July 2010

New Orleans, LA

Established and incorporated corporate standards for web, print, advertising, and product development. Daily tasks included updating company web sites, designing marketing materials for sales staff, managing new and existing customer projects, and developing ideas for future products.

Adjunct Instructor: Loyola University

August 2008 – December 2008

New Orleans, LA

Taught junior and seniors how to build websites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Provided them with an experienced real-world perspective on what it takes to work in the industry.

Creative Director: The Netcom Group

August 2006 – December 2008

New Orleans, LA

Created websites and other creative materials for a variety of customers including Community Coffee, Woman’s Hospital, Louisiana Travel, Hotel Monteleone, Ochsner Hospital, Fireball Whiskey, Global Heart, GNOInc, Louisiana Forward, and more.

Creative Director: Computrols, Inc.

August 2003 – December 2005

New Orleans, LA

Redesigned the whole look and feel of the company including logos, web sites, marketing materials, labeling, packaging, product cases, and more.

Web Developer, Sr. Applications Specialist, Technical Support Represenative: Agfa-Gevaert

October 1997 – August 2003

Boston, MA

Managed a custom-built intranet portal/internet site including SSJS, JSP, HTML, SQL, CSS, and CGI. Additional duties included, integration of server code into HTML, graphic design, UI/UX design and prototyping, system usability guidelines, new application development and strategy, application testing, project management, and customer relationship management.

Art Director: Graphic Color Solutions

August 1993 – October 1997

New Orleans, LA

Managed a prepress department for large-format silkscreen printing and large-format digital printing. Employees in my department ranged from 3-10 people depending on the time of the year and the schedule. Design and manufacturing included banners, billboards, bus-wraps, casino signage, political signage, etc.

Skills

  • Code Development | 17 years
  • UI/UX Development | 13 years
  • Image Editing | 22 years
  • Illustration | 19 years
  • Desktop Publishing | 21 years
  • Photography | 25 years

Education

  • Master’s Degree Work, eCommerce | Boston University | 2002
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Graphic Design | Saint Vincent College | 1992
  • Java Programming | Learning Tree | 2000
  • Accelerated Training for NT Server | New Horizons | 1998
  • Color Management & Offset Printing | Rochester Institute of Technology | 1998

Applications & Frameworks

As the years have passed, I've changed my IDE about a dozen times and I'm currently using SublimeText in combination with CodeKit. I use frameworks to build sites so I'm not wasting time reinventing wheels. I'm a huge fan of Twitter Bootstrap and LESS - the combination of these two has made front-end development fun again. I'm hightly proficient in all of the important Adobe products including Photoshop and Illustrator.

Download my Resumé

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Methodology

Agile or Waterfall? I suppose that depends on the project. Do you want to sprint or are you do you have a comfortable timeline to launch? Personally I prefer an Agile approach (because I like to sprint), but it's not alway appropriate.

Basically, I follow this pattern when I'm developing a website:

Learn
Plan
Design
Develop
Launch
Maintain

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