UI / UX Designer & Developer


NIC  |  Nashville, TN
UI / UX Designer & Developer
November 2013 - Present
  • Create intuitive user experiences for TN.gov web applications
  • Front end web application development
  • Client pitching and demonstration
  • Agile development environment
Purdue University  |  West Lafayette, IN
Web / Graphic Designer - Entomology Department
May 2012 - October 2013
  • Manage and execute all web and graphic design and development
  • Collaborate with design stakeholders
  • Create and grow @PurdueInsects to over 650 followers
Dearing Group  |  West Lafayette, IN
Web / Graphic Design Intern
June 2011 - May 2012
  • Design for websites, billboards, newspapers, logos, flyers
  • Interact and collaborate daily with other designers
  • Help realize vision of Creative Director


A monthly podcast I am starting up that I will use to share my short stories. The idea is simple, share one short story each month via the podcast. The website is a place any listeners can return to if they would like to read those stories, or listen to and read previous stories. I am currently writing stories to have as a backlog, and this project is scheduled to begin January 2016.

Ever since high school, I have been involved with making music. It may be strange, but rap and hip-hop is the genre I am drawn to. Occasionally, in my spare time, I write and record my own songs under the moniker Chris Cookz. Through this process I have learned a lot about music, mixing, recording techniques, mastering, and CD preparation. It's been an enriching experience, even if the music itself is less than excellent.

LaunchCorner is the brand I developed for any freelance work I may pursue. Being a writer, I want to help writers create and operate their platform. A solid website is key to finding success in nearly every market, and particularly important as a writer, where so much of your success must be driven by the efforts you put in. It is a constant battle to market yourself and stay relevant. I want to help with that.



Brainstorming & Strategy, Concept Development, Art Direction, User Experience Design, Website & Interface Design, Web Development, Writing, Photography, Photo Manipulation, Image Compositing


HTML, CSS, jQuery, Git, Foundation, Wordpress, Bootstrap


Sublime Text 2, Atom, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, OmniGraffle, SourceTree, Jira, Confluence, Basecamp, MS Office, Mac, Windows


Purdue University  |  West Lafayette, IN
Bachelor of Science
August 2006 - May 2010
  • B.S. - Computer Graphics Technology
  • Minor - Art & Design


Writing, UX, UI, Design, Web Development, Branding, Wordpress, Podcasting, Business, Photography, Typography, Reading, Entrepreneurship, Cycling, Music, Dogs, Golf, Ping Pong