Wissam Abyad

OVERVIEW

Taking leadership of the presentation layer development at New York Daily News, mentoring and training the team to build a lean robust reusable product. Architecting platform-agnostic solutions for complex designs and UX, reflecting the creative aesthetics, yet in compliance with the technical architecture. Taking initiative in optimizing performance, speed and size, applying SEO standards. Staying on top of the industry latest trends, researching new potential technologies.

Expertise

HTML5. CSS3. SASS.

JavaScript. jQuery. AJAX. JSON. XML. API’s.

Cross-Browser Compatibility. Responsive Adaptive Platform-Agnostic Solutions.

Graceful Degradation. Speed and Size Optimization.

UX. SEO. Photoshop. Prototyping.

PHP. WordPress.

TeamSite. FatWire. Polopoly.

Team Management. Technical Documentation.

JSP. JSTL. MVC.

Employment

New York Daily News, New York, USA

FRONT-END ARCHITECT | July 2011 – PRESENT

www.nydailynews.com

Directing and training the team. Mentoring them to expand their knowledge and strengthen their problem-solving skills. Setting up coding rules and guideline. Managing timelines and deliverables. Hands-on development and maintenance of the presentation tier. Shifting between creative and technical focus, as the liaison between Design and Back-End. Consulting with Design on aesthetics, UX, and technical feasibility. Consulting with Back-End and Editorial on the CMS interface structure. Planning third-party API’s integrations. Creating prototypes. Initiating enhancement of existing systems, proposing new approaches and solutions.

The Jewelry Icon, New York, USA

Freelance FRONT-END ARCHITECT | DEC 2012– PRESENT

www.thejewelryicon.com

Website highlighting jewelry designers, brands, and trends. Built the back-end and front-end systems using WordPress as a base, creating the theme and plugins from scratch. Developed map navigation and filtered search system, all based on tagging.

Husband & Husband, New York, USA

FRONT/BACK-END ARCHITECT & Designer | September 2012

www.wissam-n-dana.us

Personal whimsical online wedding invitation. Extending Parallaxr theme to meet the grooms requirements, and designing it to match the wedding theme. Nominated for best website on www.awwwards.com. And no, the attire was not swimming suits :)

Razorfish, New York, USA

SENIOR PRESENTATION LAYER DEVELOPER | MAY 2005 – JUNE 2011

www.razorfish.com

Worked for several clients in various industries, publishing, automobile, entertainment, and finance. Was a part of large agile teams on client sites, acknowledging and adapting to the different environments. Chosen by clients to lead front-end development. Consulting and working closely with functional analysts, information architects, and art directors. Constructing newly developed layouts and content in CMS. Applying extensive CSS to maneuver the same base code into different designs, minimizing the back-end changes. Client were, Ford Motor Company, CondéNast, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Travel Channel, and TIAA-CREF.

IT Misr.com, Cairo, Egypt

WEB MASTER | JUN 2003 - DEC 2003

Developed complete web presence for IT start-up run by American entrepreneurs in Cairo, Egypt, using ASP for programming and Microsoft Access for database design and implementation. The site included a news engine, online directory of IT companies and training centers in Egypt, certificates and courses provided by each, online registration and preparation exams. Also created a basic CMS. Supervised the site’s web design and content creation.

Majisa Internet Solutions, Cairo, Egypt

WEB DEVELOPER | SEP 2000 - MAY 2003

The Cairo branch of NetStartups, Virginia, USA. Developed and maintained several special sites using ColdFusion and ASP for programming, SQLServer for database design and implementation, and HTML/XML/XSL for scripting.

Arab Academy for Science & Technology & Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt

TEACHING ASSISTANT | SEP 1999 - SEP 2000

Planned and taught courses of: Structured Programming (using C), Programming Application (using C++), Digital Logic Design, and Electrical Circuits.

Education

Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering, Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt.

Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information about my work and availability.

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