Markupboy.com is written and produced by Blake Walters — Interactive developer, markup nerd and standardista hailing from a time when the font tag was acceptable.
Presently my focus is on user interface engineering emphasizing standards, accessibility and the end-user experience. I constantly strive for pixel perfect implementations, highly flexible and reusable code and the highest quality craftsmanship for all of my work. Ruby on Rails and Ember.js are my frameworks of choice these days, with the occasional dabbling in Node, Backbone, and all manner of static site generators.
I currently reside in Longmont, CO and am a happily employed Software Engineer for HashiCorp.
Software Engineer, HashiCorp
Software engineer for Atlas. Primarily responsible for application design and implementation of Ember.js applications used to support products developed by HashiCorp.
Front-End Developer, Big Cartel
Primary owner of most things front-end for the entire Big Cartel app eco system. My app work is entirely built in the Rails view layer, utilitzing CoffeeScript, SASS, and HAML and most marketing-style work is built using the static site generator Middleman. We emphasize thoughtful, responsive builds for all new products that a delight to use on any sized device from the smallest of smartphones to the largest of desktop displays.
Major contributions include the seamless checkout application that taps into Big Cartel's theming system and integrates with Stripe and PayPal express to provide stores with a style-matched checkout flow for their shop's - built on Backbone.js; A full mobile admin tailored to touch devices built on a hand-rolled interface framework that handles routing and page specific script execution; and a number of internal tools and libraries to assist in the company's day-to-day operations.
Sr. Front-End Developer, Viget Labs
Sr. User Interface Architect, Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Responsible for leading standards-based front-end implementations for a wide variety of static and dynamic websites as well as sustainable web applications. Developed agency-wide architecture for front-end implementations and defined the process by which standards-based user interfaces are implemented. Responsible for interactive department education on my speciality, including intensive technical training for developers, process training for producers and technical consideration training for designers
Notable project work includes CPB Group's website, the American Express Open Forum, Microsoft's Windows.com, Burger King's BK.com and more for clients such as Domino's Pizza, Volkswagen and Coke Zero.
Sr. Web Developer and Designer, Delta Systems Group
Primary responsibilities include the analysis, design and maintenance of both small and large scale commercial and corporate web sites and web-based applications as well as database design and software development and testing. Also served as web server administrator for over 40 hosted domains across multiple servers. Responsible for all functions of those domains and servers including website, email, database and DNS hosting.
Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a focus in web application development as well as a minor in Mathematics.
User interface planning, architecture and implementation focusing on web standards and web application development and design.
Coding, Markup & Databases
Expert in the fields of web standards-based development, mobile web development, and front-end web application development.
Web Standards, Accesibility, MVC Frameworks (including Rails and Django), Content Management Systems (namely ExpressionEngine), and Object Oriented Development.
Internet Systems Administration
Primary experience in Unix based servers, Apache and nginx webservers, MySQL and PostgreSQL database servers, ExpressionEngine, Ruby on Rails and Django deployment, Subversion (SVN) and Git version tracking.
On the Web
Communication Arts 2010 Interactive Annual Winner - BK.com · 2010 Cannes Cyber Lions Shortlist - CPBGroup.com and BK.com · 2010 Clio Awards - Interactive Shortlist - CPBGroup.com · Unmatched Style · Most Inspired · Design Shack