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Christopher Coleman

Tech + UX

Dedicated defender of the user with proven know-how to combine research, technology, and design to shape a world-class digital experience.

Professional Experience

Tech Manager

Science Magazine (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Washington, DC
Aug. 2015–Present

Led the modernization and re-platforming of the company’s flagship websites, resulting in a 30% year-over-year increase in traffic and user engagement. Fostered a new data-driven approach to solving customer needs, rather than stakeholder-driven. This family of sites now serves nearly a quarter-billion page views per year and growing.

Coordinated cross-functional stakeholders from senior management to design and engineering. Supervised and mentored a staff of four, responsible for user experience, information architecture, content, back-end, and front-end development. Facilitated each phase of the product life cycle, from research to release. My efforts helped Science magazine extend its award-winning print experience to web properties as part of a five-year digital transformation.

My responsibilities include shared oversight of the department budget of approximately $250,000, exclusive of staff. I lead vendor selection for additional content, design, web, and infrastructure projects, and coordinate with closely with the project and portfolio team to ensure work is delivered on time and within budget.

Senior Developer

Science/AAAS
Washington, DC
Feb. 2013–Aug. 2015

Using Atomic Design principles, established a living style guide and design system serving Science’s journal and magazine properties. This successful effort has led to culture of product and design not only within the company, but also among the company’s mission-critical partners and vendors.

Shepherded an initiative to establish a user-first design culture, borrowing from both Lean and Design Thinking models, for iterating consumer products and technology, relying on both data and empathy for the customer to drive decisions. Led development, including Javascript, Sass/CSS, Node.js, PHP, Drupal, WordPress, and Pattern Lab.

Instructor, Front-End Web Development

General Assembly
Washington, DC
Feb. 2015–May 2015

Co-instructed class of approximately 25 adult learners in an overview of front-end web development, including HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, and Sass. Refined company-provided curriculum to include best practices for front-end development and modern workflow tooling.

User Experience Prototyper

Eight Shapes, LLC
Fairfax, VA
Jan. 2013–Feb. 2013

Designed and developed user experience prototypes for enterprise clients including Cisco Systems and Marriott. Worked with agency principals and client stakeholders on discovery and development process.

Senior Front-End Developer

LivingSocial
Washington, DC
Oct. 2011–Dec. 2012

Front-end development in a performance-focused, agile startup. Worked within a cross-functional team to build web and iOS products. Contributed to LivingSocial’s consumer-facing user interface library. Worked closely with designers on the company’s Live Events vertical and other consumer-facing areas and mobile web, email marketing, and iOS/Android app interfaces. Researched and implemented best practices for modern HTML email templates, resulting in improved experience across a wider variety of email clients.

Web Developer

Science/AAAS
Washington, DC
Dec. 2010–Oct. 2011

Front-end web development, iOS and Android application design. Developed new avenues for content distribution, improved platform strategy, and began process of migrating legacy sites to modern platforms and technologies. Consulted on platform, web best practices, and hiring with Membership and Marketing departments.

Senior Production Specialist

Science/AAAS
Washington, DC
Feb. 2008–Dec. 2010

Content production and management, web design and development for scientific audiences. Produced XML research content for publication and distribution. Configured and developed on Movable Type Enterprise, eZ Publish, and Mark Logic CMS platforms.

Operations Manager

NJ.com
Jersey City, NJ
July 2007–Feb. 2008

Reported to General Manager/CEO and ensured seamless business operations in support advertising, recruitment, and other sales departments. Supervised operations department staff, including designers and coordinators. Coordinated workflows between operations, editorial, and publishing departments.

Web Producer

NJ.com
Jersey City, NJ
June 2006–July 2007

Developed advertising products for sales staff, managed ad traffic, and designed web advertisements. Designed and developed static landing sites for clients in support of web and print campaigns.

News Producer

NJ.com
Jersey City, NJ
Dec. 2005–June 2006

Produced daily online news for New Jersey and New York newspapers, including Newark Star-Ledger, Jersey Journal and Staten Island Advance. News section and homepage design, content management, creation, and curation.

News Producer

PennLive.com
Harrisburg, PA
Sept. 2003–Dec. 2005

Daily online news production for Pennsylvania newspapers, including the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Developed and curated new content sections for local news audience. Modernized legacy web templates using CSS and web standards.

Education

Penn State University, 2002
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism