From past to present

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Welcome to a page that is all about Carl

Hi, my name is Carl Thomas and I’m a front-end developer turned user experience designer based in Seattle, WA. I’m currently on the Cloud Developer Experiences team at Microsoft, and enjoy running with my dog, playing golf, or logging in some time within Destiny 2 in my free time.

Fun facts:

  • I was raised in North Pole, Alaska — yes, with Santa and his reindeer.
  • My dog’s name is Chewbacca, and he just so happens to make the best co-pilot ever.
  • I enjoy running in my free time. Most recently, I earned the Kessel Run Challenge medal. #starwars
  • When autumn rolls around, pumpkin spice lattes are a must.
  • My go-to drink? Rye whiskey.

Previous/Current engagements

July 2014 – Present

Designer II / Microsoft – Data Group Customer Experience [C+E]

Created intuitive and meaningful solutions to complex cloud developer scenarios.

  • Lead UX and visual designer for Azure SQL products
  • Lead for team UX patterns, controls, and documentation
  • Collaborated with UX Researchers to conduct agile usability tests and cognitive walkthroughs
  • Worked with Project Management and Engineering teams to x major customer pain points

May 2014 – August 2014

Web developer II / T-Mobile

Contracted by ManpowerGroup

Primary responsibilities include User Interface Development utilizing Photoshop, Sublime Text, Sharepoint 2007, HTML5, CSS3, Jquery. Created a Responsive/Dynamic UI that maintains its functionality with older browsers.

April 2014 – July 2014

Software Design Engineer / Microsoft – Office 365

Contracted by C2S Technologies

Primary responsibilities include User Interface Design and Development utilizing Photoshop, Illustrator, Sublime Text, Visual Studios 2013, HTML5, CSS3, Jquery, MVC5. Significant amount of Browser Compatibility Testing and Debugging.

May 2014 – June 2014

Designer and Web developer / Alamere Consulting

Freelance project

Created a unique company logo and designed a modern User Interface utilizing Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML5, CSS3, and JQuery.

March 2014 – April 2014

Front-End Web Developer / Rational Interaction

Contracted by Rylem

Implemented Mobile Website Design utilizing Sublime Text, GitHub, BitBucket, HTML, CSS, Jquery, Backbone JS, Require JS. Developed using Responsive web design techniques for compatibility on both mobile phones and tablets.

December 2013 – April 2014

Web Developer / KTG Leadership Solutions

Freelance project

Constructed a Modern Unique Web Experiences utilizing WordPress, HTML, CSS, Jquery, PHP.

April 2013 – January 2014

Software Developer / Tag Creative

Built Modern Web Experiences utilizing Photoshop, Sublime Text, Drupal, Visual Studios 2013, Yeoman, HTML5, JSON, CSS3, SASS, Jquery, Javascript, Modernizr, PHP. Significant amount of Browser Compatibility Testing and Debugging. Responsive Design implemented for mobile phones and tablets. Lead small teams to push projects to completion on tight deadlines.

March 2012 – March 2013

User Experience Developer / Microsoft – Team Foundation Services

Contracted by Peak Systems

Worked in several teams to developer Unique Web Experiences utilizing Photoshop, Visual Studios 2010 – 2013, Umbraco, WordPress, HTML5, XSLT, CSS3, Jquery. Teams involved with Team Foundation Services, LightSwitch, and MSDN.

Skills, abilities, and tools

Expertise

  • UX / UI design
  • Interaction design
  • Visual design
  • Front-end web development
  • Information Architecture
  • Task Prioritization
  • Project management
  • Pattern creation & documentation
  • Building cross team collaboration

Software

  • Sketch
  • Envision
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Balsamiq
  • Zeplin
  • IconJar
  • OneNote & other office products
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Slack

Developer skills

  • HTML5
  • CSS3/SASS/LESS
  • PHP
  • JQuery
  • Java Script
  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • Drupal

Developer tools

  • Sublime text
  • VS Code
  • Visual Studios
  • Github

Passions & curiosities

  • Sustainability
  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Gaming
  • Wearable technology/Smart fabrics
  • Life style automation