Jessica S. Sams Front-End Web — UX Design
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About


I am a detail-oriented fine-art buff experienced with planning, designing, and coding HTML & CSS web sites. I have worked in front-end web design and development since 2000.

  • I love it when the arts meet technology.
  • I like to help make confusing information more clear.
  • I recently graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver. My major was in technical communication, with a focus on interactive media production.

I'm currently seeking work in the user experience design or visual design fields.

Experience

  • Front-end coding HTML, CSS

  • Research

  • Visual design

  • Writing, proofreading, editing

  • Wireframes, comps

Skills


Code
Code

I can code web sites.

Design
Design

I can design for web and print.

Content
Content

I can create content for various outlets.

User Experience


I start a new project with a competition analysis. After that, I create personas based on user research. The personas inform design choices later. I can use SurveyMonkey to create online surveys for use within a usability test or linked from a site. I've implemented various interactive feedback tools to collect valuable user opinions.

A usability test is when you watch real users complete tasks on a web site. I took a user experience class in Fall of 2015. Working in a team of two, my colleague and I created a usability test for the Climate Reality Project web site. We worked together to design the test, recruit testers, conduct the test, and administer a SurveyMonkey digital survey after each tester finished. Then we examined the results, as well as provided suggestions for the site owners. We used Tobii Eye Tracker plus an external video camera and hand-written notes to gather data about user reactions to their tasks. The recommendations section is Part 2: Analysis and Recommendations. In this screen capture, we asked the tester to find the main navigation, which had been hidden in a 'hamburger' collapsed menu. A screen capture of a web page showing a red dot where the user is looking. View the final usability report PDF.

I can build wireframes using Illustrator, Sketch, Adobe Experience Design, or Lovely Charts. Try me; I learn software quickly.

wireframes These are homepage wireframes for desktop and mobile views of the Mood and Food web site. wireframes These are wireframes for desktop and mobile views of a band detail page of an online music store.

Accessibility refers to users with various disabilities who use assistive technology to help them access web sites. I am an accessibility advocate; I strive to create accessible web site solutions. Government funded web sites must be compliant with Section 508, and other sites should strive for compliance with WCAG 2.0. I've written a term paper about accessibility that explores the history of guidelines and the current poor state of accessibility in much of the web today.

Paper prototyping is a common first step to testing a proposed design change or new site with users. Below, I've created a stop motion animation paper prototype to illustrate the use of a drop down menu item.

I am accustomed to performing routine quality analysis checks for web sites, as required at NREL. I validate each page with the W3C, and perform spellchecks and linkchecks with browser plugins. I can also use Link Validator to set up complex link checks across large sites. I also check for appropriate alt text, color contrast, console errors, load time, and viewport breakpoint layouts.

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