Hi, there!

About Me

Howdy and Welcome! My name is Brooklyn Guan. I am a front end and WordPress developer with strong interests in design and user experience. Currently, I am working as a full-time web developer at Glantz Design in Evanston, IL.

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 a 6 year old son, a happy husband and a sleepy greyhound. We love cooking, listening to music, walking to the beach and working on small projects. My new challenge is teaching myself how to play piano. We are a multi-cultural family, everybody except our dog can speak both English and Chinese.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
- Steve Jobs

What I Do

What I Do At Work

  • WordPress sites: I spend 70% of my time transforming design mock-ups into WordPress websites.
  • HTML sites: I spend 5% of my time building HTML sites.
  • HTML Emails: I spend 5% of my time creating HTML emails and e-blasts. I use Mailchimp or make them from scratch.
  • Website launch and maintenance: I spend 5% of my time launching new websites and doing backup and maintenance.
  • Research and problem solving: I spend 15% of my time doing research on new technologies and solving problems.

My Five Important Rules

When working on projects, I always cautiously make decisions on how to do things. I give myself five important rules to follow:

  • Accurately transform designers’ work. Some people call it “pixel perfect website” development.
  • Reduce unnecessary code. It can be done by modularizing code and wisely choosing frameworks and plugins.
  • Be your own project manager. Good planning, developing schedules, tracking progress and paying attention to budgets help me complete projects more smoothly.
  • Think about design and user experience. Though most of the time developers get design files from designers, there are still details that require developer decisions. I enjoy opportunities that allow me to think as a web and UX designer.
  • Continuously improve working processes. I have a habbit of taking notes during projects. I like to update the way I code, my starter themes and working processes. During my last job, I became a big fan of “Kaizen” (Lean In).

What I am Interested in Doing in the Future

  • Develope on other CMS platforms, such as Drupal and Magento.
  • Develope apps: using front-end technology (for example, react.js) to develop web-based applications.
  • Understand more about UX design.

My Skills

Front End

  • HTML
  • CSS/SASS
  • JS/jQuery
  • Gulp

Back End

  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • SQL

Web Design

  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop

Others

  • SEO
  • Git/Bitbucket/Source Tree
  • Basecamp

Recent Work

Altair Advisors

Type: Custom WordPress Site

Features: HTML5 Video as background, scroll animation, multiple post types, gravity forms

Tandem HR

Type: Custom WordPress Site

Features: HTML5 Video, CSS Animation, Mega menu, multiple post types, gravity forms

Newman Architecture

Type: Custom WordPress Site

Features: Random carousel hero images, navigation animation, portfolio gallery, accordion

Roin

Type: Custom HTML Site

Features: HTML5 video background, svg animation

Giving Rocks Foundation

Type: Custom WordPress Site

Features: HTML5 video background, Woocommerce site, donate payment gateway, multiple post

American Dreams Investing

Type: Custom WordPress Site

Features: Woocommerce subscriptions, Woocommerce membership

Contact Me

I am always happy to know more professionals in design, web development industry. Drop me a line!

Branding: Brooklyn Guan

Web Design: Eryn Sweeney-Demezas

Illustration: Brooklyn Guan

Web Developer: Brooklyn Guan

Writing: Brooklyn Guan