Hi, I'm Ken Skudder

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I'm a
web developer

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What I Do

In a nutshell, I build sites and apps for the modern web.

Freelance work

If you've got a business and you want a fresh, beautiful, effective web presence, I can do that for you.

Get in touch!

To help with the beautiful part, I often team up with designer Hyla Skudder.

Dev for hire

I'm also available for contract or full-time work, so if you're looking for a talented developer, it could be me!

Hire me!

My code

I strive to make sure everything I work on looks and works great on any device, is easy and intuitive for users to interact with, and is highly maintainable with clean, standards-compliant code under the hood.

My Skills

Here are some of the languages, frameworks, libraries, and other nifty technologies in my web dev toolkit:

Fundamentals

  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • HTML5

Libraries, frameworks & more

  • React
  • Gatsby
  • Drupal
  • Angular
  • Twig
  • Symfony
  • Bootstrap
  • jQuery
  • Ember

Languages

  • SASS
  • PHP
  • Python
  • SQL
  • TypeScript
  • C

Other

  • Git
  • Docker
  • npm
  • Gulp
  • Yarn
  • Composer
  • VS Code
  • InVision
  • Adobe CS
  • Jira
  • Slack

Please check out my resume to learn more about my skillset and experience.

A Bit About Me

I'm experienced. I have been working as a web developer for 6 years, and have worked both on corporate dev teams and as a freelancer. I have expertise in client-side work, and am competent with server-side scripting and familiar with databases as well.

I'm resourceful. I love problem solving. I approach it like I approach most things, with a combination of systematic thinking and creativity. I'll take on any tricky problem you've got with enthusiasm, and if my track record is any indication, odds are pretty good that I'll crack it. I deeply enjoy the challenge of a complicated problem, the process of understanding the complexity and figuring out how to pull it apart, and the satisfaction of overcoming a seemingly intractable obstacle. As a web developer, this makes me pretty handy at debugging. But also one time I fixed a cheese-making vat that no one else could fix, and another time I used a partially ripe tomato as a support for a hydraulic cylinder in order to put the bucket back onto a tractor.

I'm capable. I can develop sites and apps for the web using the latest modern libraries and frameworks, or code by hand from scratch. I'll happily build you a front end that integrates with your custom server API, or one that leverages a popular back-end platform. I can build new things from the bottom up, or work with existing code bases to fix, update, or maintain them. I can also fix bikes, catch a frisbee with no hands, and know how to milk cows. Some friends recently voted me most likely to survive an apocalypse.

I'm approachable. I'm cheerful, patient, a good listener, a clear communicator, and I really like to bake cookies for people.

I'm versatile. I also love to learn new things. I'm a self-motivated, fast, and thorough learner when it comes to anything that interests me, which is a lot of things, including new web technologies. That's how I got my start as a self-taught web developer – I started learning to code in HTML and CSS just because I was interested in knowing how, moved onto JavaScript shortly after, and ever since I've never stopped taking on new projects and learning more and more, both to expand my skillset and out of curiosity. And of course in the ever-changing field of web development, there's still no shortage of new things to for me to learn. If there's a framework, language, or other technology that you use, even if I don't know it backwards and forwards yet, just give me a second and it won't be long before I do. Incidentally, I'm also self-taught as a guitarist, and as of this writing the next delicious learning project I'm planning on tackling is learning how to make falafel, which I've recently realized I like to eat but have no idea how to make. (Yet!)

See My Work

Check out a few of the projects I've completed.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

For this project I helped to create a new website for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The site provides the main public-facing web presence for the department.

I worked on this project in the role of Web Application Developer as part of a team at the web agency Portland Webworks.

The site is powered by a customized content management experience which empowers content creators and administrators within the client organization to create content and control how it is displayed, as well as performing other site administration via a user-friendly GUI. The site is fully accessible and offers a high quality user experience for all users, including those using assistive technologies. The site's content management takes advantage of Drupal to provide rich, powerful features with reduced overhead, with customizations to suit the client's exact needs.

I provided much of the front-end and back-end development on the project during development and during post-launch enhancements, as well as support for the live site to the client. I also acted as a UI/UX and design resource within the development team.

See it live

Tikson & Eichenlaub Family Dental

This is a responsive website I built for a local dental practice using Gatsby.

The statically-generated site is able to deliver the performance benefits of a static site, while also enabling the efficiencies and improved developer experience on the backend of a modern web framework, helping make the site fast and clean for users and highly maintainable and affordable for the client.

Like all of my projects, this site is responsive and displays well on any device.

This project was a collaboration with designer Hyla Skudder. I built the site and provided UI/UX design, while Hyla provided visual design services.

We worked closely with the client to mesh the aesthetic of the site seamlessly with the aesthetic of the lush interior design of the client's office and enrich the visuals of the site by featuring photography of the office prominently.

See it live

CareerForceMN

This project, developed for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, provides career development and talent matching services to career seekers and employers in the state of Minnesota.

I worked on this project in the role of Web Application Developer as part of a team at the web agency Portland Webworks.

We created a flexible platform empowering content creators and administrators within the client organization to create and control diverse kinds of engaging content, and manage user accounts and interactions between the many different types of users served by the site. The site also provides numerous tools, powered by integrations with external APIs, to help make insights from government data available to users in an interactive and easily understandable format. The site is also fully accessible, per federal guidelines, and leverages Drupal to provide rich, powerful features with reduced overhead.

In addition to providing much of the front-end and back-end development on the project during development and post-launch enhancements, I also provided support for the live site to the client, and acted as a UI/UX and design resource within the development team.

See it live

Eastland Crane and Towing

This responsive website I built for Eastland Crane and Towing represents a fairly typical freelance project.

Before the project, the client had an outdated site which looked old and unprofessional and didn't work well on mobile devices. This project involved totally redesigning and rebuilding a new site for the client, which now looks modern and professional and works well on any device. We also revamped the organizational structure of the site, making it easier for users to find what they are looking for, and worked with the owners to improve the visibility and SEO of their towing business by separating it out into its own domain.

This project was a collaboration with designer Hyla Skudder, who did the visual design. I built the site and provided UI/UX design.

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Helen's Kitchen

This project was another complete redesign and rebuild of an outdated site.

Like everything I build, the redesigned site is responsive, intelligently displaying itself differently for optimal usability depending on what device a user is using, so it is always easy to use and visually beautiful whether viewed on a mobile device, a computer, or anything in between.

The client had a custom back end behind her previous website which handled signups, payments, and emails to students, and which she was happy with and wanted to keep, so I built the new front end to integrate seamlessly with that existing custom back end.

I built the site and provided UI/UX design, while Hyla Skudder created the visual design and branding.

See it live

Bike Gear Calculator

The purpose of this project was to give me something concrete to apply my knowledge to while learning React, and to reinforce and showcase my skills with the framework.

As a demo, the scope of the concept and subject matter is fairly limited, but in terms of its programming it is a fully functional, robustly coded, and performant React-based web app.

Some of the snazzy features include an app state with nested datastructure, components with dynamic props, and UX enhancements like color-coded output. The architecture of the app is scalable by design, with versatile functions and error handling so that if I someday choose to flesh it out from a demo into a more feature-rich web app, it will be easy to extend the app to include new data and capabilities.

This was a solo project, developed and designed by me.

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Central Ohio SCI

This project was a responsive redesign of an old fixed-width site.

The client needed the site built in a hurry in time for their annual fundraiser, which is their biggest event of the year, but also needed an extensive overhaul of their old site quite badly, which looked extremely dated. We were able to accomodate the client's needs with a creative approach, first completing the fundamentals of the new design and site build and deploying the parts of the new site with content most crucial to their organization and relevant to their event in a sprint before the fundraiser, and then rolling out the rest of the redesign and deploying additional content as progressive enhancements afterwards, allowing the client to have a fresh look to their site and the event-related content they needed up right away in time for the fundraiser, while also allowing for a comprehensive overhaul of the entire site in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

I developed the site, and Hyla Skudder visually designed it.

See it live

Contact Me

I'm currently available for freelance, contract, or full time work and can't wait to hear from you.

Please fill out the contact form below, or send an email to webdev@kenskudder.com.

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