Design

"The designer does not begin with some preconceived idea. Rather, the idea is the result of careful study and observation, and the design a product of that idea."
Paul Rand
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UX

"You've got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology.  You can't start with the technology and try to figure out where you gonna try to sell it."
Steve Jobs
Illustration of Steve Jobs in NYE hat

Coding

"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it."
— Brian Kernighan
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Surfing

"I took off on a wave, went down the side, popped out the other end, and went, shit, I'm still alive!"

Greg Noll
Rest in peace legend
1937-2021

About Me

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My Toolbox

UI Design
90%
Accessibility
82%
Wireframing
90%
Surfing
90%
HTML5/CSS3
95%
Teamwork
85%
WordPress
95%
Resp Design
85%
Adobe CC
80%
UI + Visual Design
90%
Accessibility
82%
Wireframing + Prototyping
90%
Surfing
90%
HTML5 + CSS3
95%
Team Collaboration
85%
WordPress + Oxygen
95%
Responsive Design
85%
Adobe Creative Cloud
80%
UI/VISUAL Design
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85%
wIREFRAMING
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85%
pROTOTYPING
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85%
Design Systems
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85%
html5
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css3
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rESPONSIVE dESIGN
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wORDpRESS
60%
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Welcome

Hi, I'm Frank. I'm a seasoned yet youthful Air Force veteran currently pursuing my passion in user-centered design. I recently graduated from Thinkful’s UX/UI Design program where I studied visual/user interface/interaction design, wireframing, prototyping, information architecture, content strategy, UX research, and usability testing. I'm deeply passionate about creating usable interfaces that make a positive difference in people's lives.

I strive to design and build products that are both beautiful and easy to use by combining my love of visual design and front-end coding with my strong curiosity in human behavior. I’m a firm believer that we must first start with the user before we can create remarkable and marketable products.

Prior to my schooling at Thinkful, I earned an A.S. in Web Development from San Diego Mesa College in 2019 where I learned the fundamentals of web design, HTML5, CSS3, basic JavaScript, and WordPress. I was also an IT professional for over 20 years where I gained a love for technology and appreciation for the customers I supported. It was during my IT career where I learned to advocate for the user and care about the overall user experience.  

My Passions

When my schedule allows it, I love to paddle out in that great big body of water called the Pacific and catch waves on my longboard while trying to avoid being eaten by sharks. 😋

I'm originally from Michigan and the Midwest and also spent many years in the Wash DC metro area before escaping to San Diego over 20 years ago!

When I'm not surfing, you can find me sitting in front of a computer studying, designing, researching, brainstorming, sketching, wireframing, prototyping, coding, cursing, and learning anything UX/UI and web development related. My passion around design and coding led me to my new career change with the goal of creating stunning websites that are clean, user-centric, user-accessible, visually-pleasing, sophisticated, powerful, and fast.
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My Portfolio

Pay the Poet showcase

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Pay the Poet App

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A Mindful Journey to Freedom

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smarTransit Bus App

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My Palate Hackathon

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Showcase Spot Surf SD Video

TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF SITE BUILD

My Resume

Corporate Resume

CORPORATE Resume

Government Resume

Federal Govt Resume

My Blog

May 3, 2019
My Malware Scare

About a week and a half ago, with the school semester ramping up for final projects and the end of the semester in sight, I thought I was in a good place as far as my progress in my web development classes in preparation for the Mesa College Web Development Portfolio Show. Then disaster struck. […]

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April 19, 2019
Welcome Home Stevie Y!

Our captain, our savior, after thirteen long years since he hung up his skates for good and nine years after leaving the Red Wings to become GM of Tampa Bay, Stevie Y. is returning home where he belongs--Hockeytown USA! Welcome home Mr. Steve Yzerman!! I don''t think people really realize the impact he had on […]

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April 1, 2019
DOWN GOES DUKE!!

Wow I'm still floating on cloud nine after that gritty win by Michigan State over Duke yesterday!! Talk about the perfect narrative for this MSU team to beat mighty Duke, who had arguably the best collection of college freshmen talent on one team in the one and done era and quite possibly of all time […]

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March 30, 2019
Elite 8 and DUKE

I'm still basking in the glory of the Spartans Sweet 16 victory over a dangerous LSU team yesterday afternoon that got them into the Elite 8! I watched the tip off and was impressed how fast they took it to LSU. Before I knew it, MSU was up 8-0 behind the play of Aaron Henry […]

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March 28, 2019
Portfolio Site Progress

Well this week went fast...DAMN! It's already Thursday night and Spring Break week is coming to an end. It's amazing how fast weeks are flying by right now. Too much to do and not enough time. That's my M.O. I freak out about not having enough time to get everything done but somehow, someway, I […]

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March 26, 2019
80s Frame of Mind

For some reason, the 1980s came to mind today. Not sure why or what triggered it, but my mind has been pre-occupied with warm thoughts and fond memories of the best decade ever. . .ever! I remember fondly of starting out fresh in life, away from home for the first time and being dropped in […]

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March 25, 2019
Spring Break Thoughts

Today is the first day of Spring Break from school. So glad not to have a full slate of homework on my hands. However, I will be spending this week trying to finalize my portfolio website. I still have a ton to do on it. I need to finish up my blog section, create a […]

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March 24, 2019
On to the Sweet 16!

Whew...my prediction came true! Michigan State is on to the sweet 16 after handling Minnesota by 20 points. I was at work while the game was being played. I would nervously check the score every half hour or so hoping MSU wouldn't blow it. See just like Billy Beane! After reading the recap on the […]

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March 23, 2019
Early Morning Ramblings...

It's 4:00am and I've been up since 1:30am working on homework for my WEBD191 class before I have to go to work at 11am. I'm on my third cup of coffee and starting to make some progress on my portfolio site. I keep really weird hours when I'm in school. I find I'm most productive […]

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Testimonials

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Melissa Aure

Founder & Visual Designer
Brandwell Studio
testimonial author melissa

"Frank advocated for a solution that was accessible, user-friendly, & aligned with business objectives. He was communicative, organized, skilled, and I would definitely work with him again in the future!"

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Kamala Alcantara

Product Design Manager
CircleIn
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"Frank's the man you always hope to be on your team--a powerhouse interaction designer, a champion of creating accessible design in every screen, and he does not sleep until the job is done well!"

Kristian Secor

KRISTIAN SECOR

Web Development Professor
San Diego Mesa College
Kristian Secor

"I've worked with Frank on several projects. The most recent was his website for the restaurant '7250'. Frank proved his web development capabilities by successfully taking the project from start to finish."

Testimonial author Melissa

Melissa Aure

Founder & Visual Designer
Brandwell Studio
Testimonial author Melissa

"Frank advocated for a solution that was accessible, user-friendly, & aligned with business objectives. He was communicative, organized, skilled, and I would definitely work with him again in the future!"

Testimonial author Kamala

Kamala Alcantara

Product Design Manager
CircleIn
Testimonial author Kamala

"Frank's the man you always hope to be on your team--a powerhouse interaction designer, a champion of creating accessible design in every screen, and he does not sleep until the job is done well!"

Kristian Secor

Kristian Secor

Web Development Professor
San Diego Mesa College
Kristian Secor

"I've worked with Frank on several projects. The most recent was his website for the restaurant "7250". Frank proved his web development capabilities by successfully taking the project from start to finish."

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