Whom I've Become.
Having vast experience for someone of my age — so I've been told — I have been an Auto Mechanic, a Computer and Electronics Technician, a Network Administrator, an Architectural Draftsman and Designer, a Retail Salesman, and – in my most recent endeavor – a Software Engineer. Yes, I am an entrepreneur.
My current employer, Acquia, has given me the opportunity to define, document, build, and maintain a design system for their multitude of products, properties, and applications. Being my first experience in a large corporate environment, I've gained a lot of useful skills outside of my technical ability. Being a part of a large ecosystem of developers has made me realize that I would like to eventually move into a leadership role wherever I may end up. Essentially owning the design language implementation and ensuring that it's included in the development process for both new and existing applications has motivated me to lead by example.
Outside of my current experience, I would like the opportunity to build a Design Language framework that is "pluggable", helping other companies and individuals in my industry define, document, build and maintain their own design system. At some point, I would also like to be able to integrate the output of that pluggable system — a component-based design language — into my favorite CMS (Drupal) and favorite JS MVC (Angular). The goal being for that work to stand as a reference implementation.
I regularly attend and present at open source software conferences, but I would like to have the opportunity to more formally teach and train others in my industry. I've gained a vast knowledge of best practices relating to front-end implementations and desire to share with others in my industry. Of course, there are others who design with a component-based approach; my edge comes from my experience developing with multiple methodologies, allowing me to identify and assemble the bease parts of each into one systen.
I have worked in the auto industry as a mechanic and on general gear-heady projects. I started my intended career as an architect by becoming a draftsman when I was still in high school; during the same time also building and repairing PCs as a side business. When the housing market took a dive in the mid aughts, I morphed my hobby as a digital artist and web developer into my new career. During my transition from Architectural Design and Drafting to Software Engineering I learned a great deal; about life, about running my own business, and especially about the correlary processes between the various industries I've worked in.