Hello. My name is Brandon Travis. I’m a proud husband and father-to-be, a web and technology director, gaming enthusiast, and all around goofy guy.
As Ron Swanson says: “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” I took this advice to heart, and in 2012 — after an eight year hiatus — I quit my “day job” and jumped back into the web development scene. What I found was a landscape that had completely changed… gone were table-based layouts and inline script tags, replaced with HTML5, CSS 3 and jQuery. It felt like I was learning to speak for the first time. Over the years I have had the privilege of working along side a number of incredibly talented individuals, and count myself blessed to have had the experiences I have been given.
Fast forward several years, and I am proud to be the Technology + Web Services Director for JDA Worldwide. Rather than dazzle you with fancy skills charts or tell you my “19 steps to web building success” here are a couple of key things you should know about me:
- I am primarily a front end web developer, specializing in custom WordPress development.
- Since my return to development, I’ve been the primary developer on over thirty web projects. While I try to follow the same basic formula for success on each project, I try to include Something Different into everything I build.
- For the last several years, I’ve worked on a number of teams at a variety of organizations. All of them had their challenges, but all of them were also incredibly rewarding.
- I’ve learned that this industry is terrified of “not knowing”, and I simply don’t understand it. In an industry that seems to change daily, I learned a while ago that saying “I don’t know, but I’ll find out” is often preferable and appreciated.
- While not unbending, there are five key components that I believe to be critical when creating websites for humans:
- Working smarter is harder
- Think inside the box
- Design is the process
- Every detail matters
- And finally, do what moves you.
- As web workers, we are responsible for the work we put out into the world. While we can only do so much — and balancing real-world demands of different projects can often be challenging — it is imperative that every project begins with that simple agreement.
- We are responsible for teaching the next generation. As such, I helped create Bakspace, a coworking community that was always free for students.
While I’m sure there are a ton of other details I could give, I’d rather just have a conversation. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I cannot wait to hear from you!