the Résumé
of ALAN BELLOWS!

summary

Oh, hello. I’m Alan, an author, illustrator, developer, and designer. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been working with computer graphics since 1993, when I discovered Deluxe Paint 2 in the high school computer lab. I can also draw in meatspace, but sometimes I sorely miss the undo button.

skills

Graphics Design/Illustration

23+ years
  • Illustrations in a variety of styles (see artwork samples page)
  • Diligent attention to detail
  • Web design
  • Logo design
  • Print media (posters, invitation, business cards, product packaging, etc)
  • Skilled with Adobe Photoshop
  • Skilled with tablet & stylus


Web Development

22+ years
  • LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) web app development
  • Front-end design and development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc)
  • Responsive Design for phones, tablets, and other devices
  • Interactive tools and demos
  • WordPress themes, plugins, etc.
  • Geolocation search services
  • Automation tools (e.g., Naive Bayesian Classifier)
  • Hardening web apps against exploits
  • Optimizing sites for heavy traffic on mid-range servers


Podcast Audio Production

6+ years
  • Podcast narration
  • Adding music, audio clips, and sound effects (sound design)
  • Composing atmospheric music for episodes
  • Sample track


Professional Writing & Editing

13+ years
  • Managing editor and head writer for a website with over 300k readers per month
  • Edited a collaborative book which was published in 2009
  • Extensive experience with writing and editing long-form articles


Project/Personnel Management

21+ years
  • Lead Web Developer at a non-profit educational research institute
  • Founder and managing editor for a high-traffic website
  • Organized a collaborative book (published by Workman)
  • Acted as a team supervisor for a tech support call center


experience

DamnInteresting.com

Founder, Managing Editor, Designer
September 2005 - Present
  • Responsible for writing, artwork, web design, marketing, and copyediting
  • Podcast narration and audio production
  • Social media engagement
  • Leader of an international league of authors
  • See samples page for more information


Stotion

Web Developer
May 2016 - Present
  • Converting designs into interactive websites
  • WordPress themes, plugins, etc.
  • Webserver administration


Midwives College of Utah

Web developer/IT
July 2012 - Present
  • Sole developer and IT individual for distance-learning non-profit
  • Maintenance and improvements of proprietary software
  • Integration with third party apps and services
  • General website development (PHP+CSS+jQuery)
  • Server administration/IT


Waterford Research Institute

Lead Web Developer
January 2012 - July 2012
  • Managed web developers in foreign office (Romania)
  • General website development (PHP+CSS+jQuery)
  • WordPress themes, plugins, widgets, and shortcodes
  • Usability improvements
  • Web server management


EKR (formerly Eli Kirk)

Web Developer
November 2010 - January 2012
  • Building custom WordPress themes based on provided designs
  • Tailor-made WordPress themes, plugins, widgets, and shortcodes
  • eCommerce


Freelance Developer/Designer

February 2002 - Present
  • Custom website design
  • Custom Logos
  • Dozens of custom WordPress themes
  • Developed a geolocation-aware search engine for finding nearby businesses
  • Developed a Bayesian Classifier for automatically sorting messages based on their content (“spam” vs. “ham”)
  • Created website security tools to prevent many types of exploits


CodeNutrition.com

Lead Developer
December 2007 - March 2010
  • Developed a system to analyze DNA samples and assign nutritional supplements based on the results
  • Developed the customer-facing website
  • Created automated software to generate custom DNA reports, printed materials, shipping manifests, etc.


8one8

Lead Developer, Designer
January 2006 - November 2008
  • Designed and developed BounceBase, an experimental consolidated search engine (no longer maintained)
  • Developed an API called “MixedResults” for third parties to use Bouncebase’s consolidated data


SirsiDynix (formerly Dynix)

Java Developer, Graphics Designer
October 2000 - January 2007
  • Developed Perl, Java, and PHP-based library tools such as a catalog search
  • Designed custom themes for customers
  • Designed/developed children’s library search tools


(Some older positions omitted)

recent recognition

hobbies, etc

Apart from the above, I enjoy cooking (particularly Cajun food), doodling, music-making, technology-tinkering, and I love a little alliteration. I am married and living in Salt Lake City, Utah with two cats. I was in the 1984 film Footloose, so I am one degree from Kevin Bacon. I was also the Time magazine Person of the Year in 2006.