ALEX
TIMMER

Internet-maker

From a young age I was hooked on the computer. Before we even had a dial-up connection to the internet I had 'developed' multiple sites in Word and notepad, from books I bought at the bookstore. When the internet finally came I took all my local sites and created my first online personal website. I was 11 at the time.

Now, 16 years, 10 months and 16 days later I've designed and coded countless websites for multiple clients and firms. And ever since that day I've been challenging myself to get better at it.

contact: info@alextimmer.net

My origin story

Ever since I booted my first computer (1st gen Apple Macintosh), I've been hooked by the magic that was the GUI, and the endless possibilities. It was clear that this would become my future. Years later of destroying DOS software and fixing it up again, killing the family pc for science and telling them "I really did know what I was doing" around came the web. To me it was the personal software for any man; no need to fiddle with the OS, because that's just your machine. Fiddle on the internet, for all to see! In came the first HTML-study books and CD-ROMS with editing software in the bookstore. I remember buying my first software package vividly, the clerk was réally interested to see what I'd do with it. I hope he reads this.

Eventually we had an primary school 'introduction to the internet' class in the library, and everybody was looking at me because they knew I already had my first website on the web. It was an agonizing long URL, based somewhere on Homestead, but I could recite it from memory. I stole the show in front of some 12 year olds and the old library lady. Aw yiss! From there it was only a matter of time, but I did take some sidesteps in music journalism and graphic design first. Eventually I ended up a excelling student in ICT Media Design studies and shortly after graduating in the field of increasing conversion by usability design I started my own design company with an old colleague. I did the concepting and design there for a couple of years, but I found out that the logic of programming (either "it just works" or "goddamnit, what the hell") was what got me in to computers in the first place.

Web wizardry, from front to back

So the last few years I'm back at my terminal and I'm hungry for knowledge and experiences. I want to learn everything and master it all. With all the current webdevelopment trends, this hunger seems to be a good thing. The past year I've been heavily focussed on Magento 2 development and it turns out you can't do the front-end development before mastering the server-side of it all.

This started years ago on my very first internship at an e-commerce firm. I was handed a book as fat as the bible, it was the complete Magento guide. "Have at it", they said, "We'll see how for you've come in a month". And boy, did I learn. Even before then I was already very sufficient at WordPress theme development, and the Magento internship opened my mind to all the other things involved. Of course if you look back at it now it's pre-junior level work, but you've gotta start somewhere.

Today I feel confident around server configurations, staack deployment and am getting to know the grit of MVC and MVVM systems. I've mastered front-end development and due to my studies always focus on user-centered design. I've got a taste for business development and graphic design and my goal is to work from front to back;

  • What does [the platform] offer the visitors?
  • What is the visitor suppose to achieve?
  • How can we make this as easy as possible?
  • What is the easiest way to manage the involved data?
  • What software would be best suited and which solutions have to be tailor made?
  • What implications would all these answers have on the server-side workflow?

What I can, did, do and want to

So first and foremost I'm a front-end developer with ambitions for the full stack. I have years of experience building hundreds of WordPress sites, ranging from simple but elegent one-pagers to fully fledged custom systems. Next to that I have set up and managed dozens of Magento and WooCommerce e-commerce sites, from building and implementing themes to writing custom plugins.
Lately I've been developing my skills on the server-side with both Apache and NGINX servers, and using Ubuntu as a primary OS after Windows and OS X.

Apart from developing I have years of experience as a graphic and webdesigner. I did multiple branding projects, logo's, artwork and a buckload of webdesign. I actually graduated with a focus on UX design for e-commerce.

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UX DESIGN

FRONTEND

BACKEND

SERVER OP

SQL

SHELL

APACHE

NGINX

HTML/CSS

PHP

JQUERY

JS

RUBY

WORDPRESS

MAGENTO

PHOTOSHOP

ILLUSTRATOR

INDESIGN

Résumé

Professional

  • 2014-2016 WEBBER Interactief

    Web- & E-commerce developer

  • 2011-2014 Tigerfish

    CEO, Webdesign, graphic design, webdevelopment

  • 2011-2012 XIB Internet Marketing

    Junior e-commerce developer

  • 2011 The Cre8ion.Lab

    E-commerce UX/marketing

  • 2009-2011 RedSquare

    (Web)design & development

  • 2009 Bits 'n Pieces NYC

    Exposition, industrial & graphic design

  • 2009 Split~Vision

    Usability / UX Designer

  • 2004-2011 Nevermind Media

    Freelance webdesign & development

Education

  • 2007-2011 Fontys School for Media & ICT

    ICT Media Design, excelling student

  • 2010-2011 Philosophy (Minor)

    Ethics & Critics, Values & Purpose

  • 2006-2007 Fontys School for Journalism

    New media, Creative writing

  • 2001-2006 Elde College HAVO

    Economics & Society

  • MISC Miscellaneous classes

    Creative thinking
    Online bookkeeping
    Online marketing
    Projectmanagement

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