A career designer with both print and web design & development experience with a strong understanding of client needs and can translate those needs into an innovative, effective, and market-conscious message. Capable to work in a team environment coupled with proven success interacting with all levels of personnel in a corporate environment. Strong organizational and time management skills, ability to prioritize, multi-task and work under pressure to meet deadlines.
Chris' latest employment began his at NYC Parks in 2008 as a Web Designer for the Information Technology (IT) division. In this capacity, he created the front end designs for various applications and maintained their Intranet sites. In 2009, he was promoted to IT Project Manager where he works to create and improve design concepts. He also works to streamline web pages and applications to make them both user friendly and pleasing to the eye.
He has received many accolades for his work including awards from Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) including the Excellence in Technology Award for "Best In-house Application" for his front end design work on the UPStar (Urban Park Service Tracking and Reporting) system in 2008 and the Excellence in Technology Award for "Driving Digital Government" in 2010.
Chris is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts where he majored in illustration and media arts. He also worked as a graphic designer, account manager and web designer in the private sector. An artist by nature, Chris uses his aesthetic point of view to bring creativity and effective ideas to any project he encounters.
Chris and his wife whom are both artists enjoy traveling, films and going to different museums and art exhibits, especially the MET. He also open to trying new activities in life whether it's something excitingm like skydiving or hang gliding to other unique recreations to try like swimming with dolphins, zip lining, and more. He encourages other to explore life.
In his spare time, he loves taking pictures and has even documented many Parks events and other special gatherings as part of his artistic practice. Working hand in hand with others has surely stood out to Chris as a passion in his life. He enjoys collaborating with others, artistically through designing and most certainly through mentorship.
He looks forward to continuing to develop his skills and passions through future endeavors at NYC Parks and in life in general.
"When designing whether it's for the web, print, or an application it's not only important to research but to try new methods while still adhering to current industry standards. So if it's just me or a group effort I’m open to new ideas and more importantly bringing innovation to the table.
I'm not one to break or bend rules but one who likes to build on them in order to explore different directions. My best suggestion is don't be afraid to present something and whatever it is to have fun doing it."
Maintain all content and assist with design work needed for the Parks Intranet site in addition to working on most application projects within the IT Department. Have performed design and maintenance work on projects such as:
I have been responsible for full design life-cycle, including redesigns and offering expertise in critical design decisions for a variety of clientele. I have assisted in the conceptualization and design process of images and content for Net Wide Design's web sites, including style sheets, layouts, design samples; interfaces with other designers and other web team members and ensure overall quality and brand integrity.
I designed and helped develop & maintain their Voicemail, Email, and Mobile Interactive websites from concept to completion. These sites accounted for a majority of their revenues and are their principal line of business. Worked with the Marketing Team and Copywriters to create and develop landing pages, email and banner ad campaigns that attributed to an increase in click through rates and user signups for their subscription based products.
Responsibilities consisted of the design and development of various ecommerce web sites using the Yahoo Store platform. Worked directly with the clients in all aspects of the design and development process and met the requirements for accessibility and search engine optimization. Also, maintained their sites on a regular basis after completion while adhering to current web standards and best practices.
Studied in Media Arts and majored in illustration and computer graphics.
Proficient in using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver. Also knowledgeable of Visual Studio, Microsoft SharePoint, and SharePoint Designer.
HTML5, XHTML, and CSS3. Also knowledgeable with Bootstrap.