Hi! I'm Alexa. I like making websites.
I work with information.
I received my Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.
The first thing many people think of when it comes to librarians is books. I love books, but the focus of my studies was information -- how to organize, present, and process it.
I work with people.
Web design isn't just about coding and programming, or at least it shouldn't be.
I'm enthusiastic about User Experience. I like looking at the interactions between the technical and the personal, and using these observations in the design process. I believe that sociotechnical perspectives are crucial for usability.
I create designs.
Using tools like Adobe Photoshop and Balsamiq, I put together wireframes and mockups that build the coding process on a solid design.
I also create graphics, vectors, and illustrations in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Inkscape.
I write code.
I design for the responsive web.
Screen sizes are constantly changing, and I design and code sites that are ready to adapt to that change.
I focus on accessbility.
Creating sites that are accessible is important to me. I think it's the right thing to do on multiple levels, and I'm always interested in communicating information in as clear and logical a format as possible, to as many people as possible.
I enjoy learning more about backend development.
I've written and edited PHP, primarily while working on WordPress projects.
Additionally, I have a strong foundation in the concepts of Object-oriented programming from my studies. I have taken courses on Java and MySQL, and am always looking for ways to expand my knowledge of these and other technologies.