Hi, I am Brooklyn.
I am a web developer based in Evanston, IL.

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About Me

Every great dream begins with a dreamer.

My name is Brooklyn Guan. I am currently working at Cardinal Financial as Jr. full stack developer.

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was teaching myself how to code. After 10 months of full-time studying and practicing, I landed on my first full-time job as a developer. I feel extremely lucky to be doing something I love.

When I am not coding, I like spending time with my family. I have an 8 year old son, a busy husband and a funny greyhound. I love cooking and working on all kinds of DIY projects. We are a multi-cultural family, everybody except our dog can speak both English and Chinese.

I like both learning and teaching. My 2019 goals are: learn 4 more piano pieces, teach my son 150 new Chinese charactors.

Take a look at my skillset

My Skills and Tools

Use Everyday

  • HTML
  • CSS via SASS
  • jQuery
  • PHP for WordPress
  • Woocommerce development
  • AJAX for WordPress
  • Git
  • Gulp
  • Bootstrap
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Sketch

Use Occasionally

  • Vanilla JS
  • Node.js, Express.js
  • Socket.io
  • Vue.js
  • Custom PHP functions
  • WordPress plugin development

Exploring

  • SQL
  • Advanced WordPress Plugin Development
  • Drupal
  • MongoDB
  • PHP framework
  • CSS naming methology
  • Salseforce
  • Grav and other flat-file CMS

My Work

My daily work focuses on building WordPress custom websites. It includes both front end and back end. From October 2016 to now, I've developed 24 websites. Here are some examples.
my work

Bahá’í

Domain: bahai.us
Launch Time: May 2018
Work Type: Custom WordPress Site
Features: Complex layout, mega menu, Ajax loading and filtering for blog posts, events Calendar.
my work

Uncommon Logic

Domain: uncommonlogic.com
Launch Time: August 2018
Work Type: Custom WordPress Site
Features: Non-traditional vertical navigation with drawers, customized breadcrum/sub nav, team page, case studies, Ajax loading/filtering posts,
my work

TandemHR

Domain: tandemhr.com
Launch Time: February 2017
Work Type: Custom WordPress Site
Features: Mega menu, video and animation for home hero section, blog, events and webinars.
my work

Hewn Bread

Domain: hewnbread.com
Launch Time: October 2018
Work Type: Custom WordPress Site
Features: Customized daily specials, menu section, book tour schedule, news, Woocommerce store.
my work

Harbour

Domain: harbour-cm.com
Launch Time: May 2018
Work Type: Custom WordPress Site
Features: Paralax effect for home hero section, custom unconventional carousel, categorized case studies, news,
my work

Altair

Domain: altairadvisers.com
Launch Time: June 2017
Work Type: Custom WordPress Site
Features: Video hero section with carousel, multiple post types for different posts type of content, Ajax load more function, about page history tree.
my work

MorganLi

Domain: morganli.com
Launch Time: November 2018
Work Type: Custom WordPress Site
Features: Drawing animation for home hero section, css grid for displaying case studies, team page with drawers, filterable partners, careers page, blog.
my work

Newman Architecture

Domain: newmanarchitecture.com
Launch Time: Mar 2017
Work Type: Custom WordPress Site
Features: Unconventional footer (i button), Flowing pagination effect, categoriezed case studies, our team page.

Other Projects

I've also experimented on some other types of projects.

Find State Legislator

WordPress Plugin
Used APIs, PHP, and jQuery.
Display state legislators by submitting zip code.

Liaoliaotian Chat Room

App
Used vanilla JS, Express.js and Socket.io. It's a simple chat room. The secret code is "flip".

WP Petpoints

WordPress plugin
This was volunteer work for Heartland Animal Shelter to load animal data from petpoints. It's no longer in use since they switched to a different database.

Contact Me

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