Hello, I am Isaac Volpe, current graduate student at the University of Arkansas in the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies program. I have been a graphic design and web development freelancer for over ten years with a focus on the Frontend, with particular proficiency in CSS.
I began web freelancing as a teenager in 2007 after having a template design being chosen for purchase by then WYSIWYG web builder Moonfruit, and at the same time locally being approached to make websites (happens to anyone perceived as a general tech specialist). I had previously made websites for online communities in Flash with Actionscript, but shortly I started to develop a steady stream of clients with non-profits and minority businesses, ranging from logo design to computer repair (again for being the approachable ‘expert’).
I transitioned into making websites from scratch and falling in love with CSS (yes it happens). I quickly went from using frameworks to building some of my own and mastering preprocessors. I jumped into Wordpress, and learned how to use Twig templating with Timber to escape the dreaded Wordpress ’loop’ and build custom themes. After having a small portfolio of recurring clients, the managed hosting fees (extent of my knowledge at the time) lead me to start running servers of my own through DigitalOcean. Overtime I reduced much of my overhead and learned a lot from many mistakes along the way.
Despite being able to communicate across disciplines and have working knowledge across the production pipeline, I do not wish to give the impression I am a Fullstack developer—I very much label myself as a Frontend developer and visual designer. I’m at home working with vectors and UI. I have an academic side, but to be honest I can hardly escape doing web dev so I’m always looking new projects and to have my next design be my best yet.
Thanks for reading this far! Hope you learned a little about me. Always available to chat if you want to know more details, or see how my experience will work for you.