Hi, I’m Joseph Walter Colby. I’m a lifelong student in graphic design and web design that enjoys both aspects of coding and design. I have 5+ years of real-world experience in marketing, working alongside a marketing team. I would consider front-end design as my primary focus at this point in time, but enjoy learning back-end development just as much, if not more.
I’m a husband to my best friend Carrie, father to my son Walter, and an uncle to over 11 nieces and nephews.
My life motto would be summed up in these three statements:
I’m continually learning. I’m open to change. I aim to treat others the way I wish to be treated.
What I’m doing now
I’m currently living in Maine building my skill set and working as a freelancer. As of November 2016, my wife and I became parents to our son Walter(named after his grandfather) and have been growing in completely new ways as we raise him. It feels like we learn something new every day.
Lately, I’ve been spending time working with:
- WordPress – for content management.
- WooCommerce – as an eCommerce solution.
- Sass – for making more maintainable stylesheets.
- Git – version control for my code.
- Gulp – for automating my development.
I’ve also been learning how to use Propresenter 6 to help create better presentations for the church I attend. I recently built a new PC(I also use Macs), so I’ve been learning more about PC setups to get the most power out of the programs I use. Currently, I’m using MkDocs for creating documentation to refer to for my small business.
When not working, our family has been trying to see parts of Maine that we haven’t visited yet, reading, and watching movies. I’m highly interested in movie making and the different parts and pieces that make it a reality.
My interests outside of my work are in, but not limited to; family, reading(when I have the time), travel, tea, cooking, tiny house living, minimalism, horror(movies, tv shows, comics, conventions, Halloween, etc..) 👻, building things that make life easier, and organization(I love labels, boxes, color coding, etc..).
I first fell in love with coding when I was in high school after taking a C++ programing class that my school offered. Intrigued with how I could compile code and make a computer output something, I started dabbling around with computer parts and built my own custom built PC. I also took classes in woodworking, welding, programming Cisco routers, and computer aided drafting at my high school. I enjoyed how hands on those courses were and how I was able to build things, whether it be in the digital or tangible world. These series of interests lead my decision to attend college at the University of Maine for Computer Science.
Shortly after I switched my major to New Media, where I was able to focus my studies learning how to use different computer languages and technologies(MAX/MSP, Processing, HTML, CSS, and others), as well as visual design.
Through the program, I came across my first web design course and from that point forward I was intrigued with the web design and wanted to learn more. The part that intrigued me the most, was the scale of the audience that you could reach – your audience wasn’t limited to the people in the same room as you, but had global potential.
I started to setting aside time to work on personal web projects and on my own site, and happened to be talking about it with our cook(I love you, Karen 💗) at our fraternity(Beta Theta Pi) who had a sister that was looking to have a way of selling quilt kits as well as other quilting products. I later met with them and took on my first web project. I had to learn a lot as I went, but in the end I had delivered a custom content management system that I built in PHP. This system was put in place for the owners to have the capabilities to manage and list new products. I wouldn’t have tried to re-invent the wheel if I went back in time, and knew what I knew now, but it was my first large web project and it was a great learning experience (Thank you Sue & Sandy!).
Shortly after, I transferred to Full Sail University’s Web Design and Development B.S. Program, in Winter Park, Florida, so that I could solely focus on web design and development. Throughout my time there, I was exposed to web standards, best practices, and other coding practices. I graduated in 2010 as the Valedictorian of my class.
I later started working for MEDITECH, a medical informatics company, where I worked alongside a graphics and web team handling part of their web presence and marketing materials for 5+ years. During my time at MEDITECH, I had the chance to work on marketing campaigns(HIMSS being one of the larger ones), create graphic and web resources for sales teams and other employees, alter product prototypes for demonstrations, help create an app icon for one of our mobile products, and play a key role in the redesign of our public facing site and customer service portal.
Towards the end of 2016, with our son Walter on his way, I left my role at MEDITECH as a senior web & graphics designer to move back to Maine so that my wife and I could be closer to family and to explore new opportunities in this transition.
Please feel free to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Google+, Instagram, or on Twitter.
**I will forewarn you that my social media accounts are primarily dedicated to posting pictures of our son Walter. 👶💗 You have been warned!