John Schuster is a freelance and contract professional web designer and developer working in and around Chicago, Illinois.
Utilizing creative, programming, web design, web development, and graphic design skills to develop projects and publish web sites for businesses & organizations that are not only functional and easy to use but also dynamic and visually pleasing.
- Experienced on Windows, Linux, and Apple
- Worked on large scale CMS content management systems, web applications and large company wide intranets
- Expert in Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Microsoft Office.
- Experienced in working with LAMP, PHP, MySQL, XML
- Internet advertising specialists working with search engines, Google Adwords, and Yahoo! search marketing. Managing Multiple pay-per-click keyword campaigns and online advertising accounts.
- Skilled in graphic design, layout, typography, drawing, logo/icon design, and cartooning
- Experienced in digital video capture, editing, and compression for the Internet
- Trained in traditional artistic mediums: watercolor, pen and ink, oil, and photography
- Search engine optimization expert (SEO)
- Experienced in the application of open source software: Drupal, WordPress, and Magento Commerce for projects and small business ecommerce solutions.
- Sales and project management experience
Web Designer & Developer at Company Chicago Inc.
September 1, 2010 – Present
Project: User Interface Software Application Design
Location: Chicago, IL
User Interface Designer at Morgan Stanley
July 8 – August 17 2010
Project: User Interface Application Design
Location: Vernon Hills, IL
- Redesigned UI for their internal financial applicaion
- Created frontend code for new application interface
Customer Solutions and Experience at Hewitt Associates
January 12- April 11 2009
Project: User Experience Application Design
Location: Lincolnshire, IL
- Created demo application prototypes
- Designed Icons and documentation manuals
- Created wire frames and web applications schematics
Internet Marketing Strategy at Walgreens Health Services
April 26,2007 – July 18, 2007
Project: User Interface Design Contractor
Location: Deerfield, IL
- Designed web page layouts
- Created site maps and page flows for pharmacy and healthcare services, including PBM, mail service, home care, and specialty pharmacy.
- participated in application development and internet marketing team meetings
Drapery Connection 1999-Present Web Designer, Hinsdale, IL
- Designed Web site: www.DraperyConnection.com
- Prepared Layout and design print ads
- Top ranked site for the keyword “drapery” on most search engines
- Designed interface and Hand coded entire site in HTML
- Created original graphics with Photoshop and Illustrator
Motorola Sep. 3, 2005 – Dec. 16, 2005
Web Developer Contractor
Project: Motorola Global Human Resource Portal
Location: Schaumburg Illinois
- Migrate existing HR content from intranet
- Utilized Vignette CMS web portal software
- Built content modules displayed to specific countries and regions
Hartford Computer Group 2/14/05-3/30/05, Web Design Contractor
- Designed the website: arguscamera.com
- Site built with Dreamweaver and Fireworks
College of American Pathologists 9/8/03-12/31/03, 8/16/04-10/22/04 Web Design Contractor Northfield, IL
- Edited content of website www.cap.org
- Utilized Documentum content management system
- Created XML documents and templates
NEC Solutions 6/24/03-7/25/03 Web Design Contractor Arlington Heights, IL
- Designed and updated pages on www.necbigpicture.com
- Updated information in Mysql databases
Society of Actuaries
April 18th 2005 – August 12th, 2005
Web Design Contractor Schaumburg, IL
- Performed maintenance and updates to www.soa.org
- Creating web pages and graphics for the Society of Actuaries
Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau 4/11/01-6/10/01 Web Design Contractor Chicago, IL
- Performed maintenance and updates to www.choosechicago.com
- Creating web pages and graphics for the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
Click Commerce 10/2/00-11/3/00 Web Design Contractor Chicago, IL
- Worked in the Design department
- Creating web pages and graphics for the Click Commerce demo application
Organic Online 8/21/00-9/21/00 Web Design Contractor Chicago, IL
- Worked in the Web Content Engineering department
- Built web pages for the Chrysler.com and Target.com web sites
Selling Dynamics 2000 Website Design Arlington Heights, IL
- Designed Web site: www.sellingdynamics.com
- Initiated project from concept to finished site
American Academy of Art 1995-1998 Chicago, IL
- Associate Degree in Illustration.
- Minor in Painting and Graphic Design.
College of DuPage 1998-1999 Glen Ellyn, IL
- Course work in Computer Graphics and Design: Computer Art I-III, Graphic Design, Computer Programming, Marketing, Advertising.
1st Place Google Hackathon Chicago 8/3/2011
- Part of the HTML5 Web App competition for the Google Chrome Web Store.
- Team tied for 1st place. HTML5 API’s included: Canvas, Web Sockets & Web Audio.
Word Camp Chicago 6/5/2010 Chicago, IL
- All day training sessions on WordPress development
Drupal Camp Chicago 12/12/2009 Evanston, IL
- All day training sessions on Drupal CMS development
SXSWi 2008 Austin, TX
- Attended week long web design and development sessions
- Largest web developer conference in the US
Web Content 2007 Chicago, IL
- Attended this conference to learn the latest content technologies