Elise Maile

About Me

My name is Elise Maile and I am a front-end web developer and designer.

Perfectly comfortable coding in HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery, designing in Photoshop, or supporting clients in Wordpress or on social media, I believe websites should always be user friendly and forward thinking.
I am currently looking for work in the London area where I can put my skills to good use and work effectively in a team environment.

Not only do I enjoy front-end coding, I also have an appreciation for science and art, whether it's designing in Adobe Photoshop or consuming films or literature, or physics videos on YouTube. I've been known to pick up a paintbrush on occasion (both DIY and artisticlly), dabble in gardening or spend an evening decorating my nails. I also enjoy running, baking and have recently taken up sewing.

I like to continue bettering myself so recently I have been expanding my skill set by learning javascript at a short course at City University London and refreshing my JQuery knowledge. My favourite sites for learning are Codecademy and Treehouse. I have experimented with various e-commerce solutions available, specifically those offered by WordPress. I hope to continue learning and growing through the knowledge of others and through real work experience.

If you are interested in hiring me or have a project or role you think I might be interested in please contact me. My CV is available on request.

Websites

Websites and Projects

I am Elise, a front-end developer. These are some of the projects I have been working on as a freelancer and as part of various teams.

Other work (web, graphical), code updates and musings can be seen on my blog

Work/Education

Career

Iron Mountain - Front-End Web Developer and Web Content Specialist

Since Summer 2014 I have been working out of the London office as part of the global marketing and sales team, maintaining and improving the European Iron Mountain websites in order to increase sales leads.
As the only European based web specialist, I work with various field marketing managers located in core European countries to localise their websites for their markets. This had a direct impact on lead generation as content is relevant for their customers and updates to the websites could be completed quicker with a dedicated EU online team. Updates are completed using W3C standard CSS and HTML in Dreamweaver and Sitecore.
I manage the administrative aspect of the EU Iron Mountain blog powered by Wordpress and work with US-based colleagues as part of a team on larger technical projects. These projects include improving taxonomies (content structure and URLs) and a large multilingual Sitecore migration project to improve back-end website management.
My role also includes working to tight deadlines with campaigns and press releases requiring reactionary work, as well as updating additional content on websites in multiple languages and working with third party vendors to improve user experience with continuous A/B testing. I also play a part in contributing both creative and technological ideas to marketing campaigns from an early stage, ensuring our online presence plays an important role in the lifetime and usefulness of these campaigns for our users.
Clear communication and concise project planning and utilisation have been skills which I have developed further within this job. Technologies used include Sitecore CMS, Eloqua, Optimizley, Raven tools, GA and HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Contract Roles and Freelance Web-Developer

Working with Controlled Projects Ltd where I am responsible for user interface design and implementing the HTML and CSS for online services to companies such as Gatwick Airport and the Highways Agency. Due to internal IT restrictions for some of our clients, accessibility requirements such as backwards compatibility and browser testing have featured highly as part of these projects.
In 2012 a new responsive design was launched for a major client, but due to loading times on mobile devices, we implemented various code restrictions including significantly reducing the number of javascript code and using CSS methods instead to replicate similar effects. This has resulted in significantly faster load times and a better user experience.
As a result of these technical restrictions, this role has taught me how to work around problems and think outside the box to find suitable solutions to problems. With such high-profile clients, I have learnt the importance of extensive user testing and how to work with a team of freelancers and manage expectations. This role has also exposed me to back-end codes including .asp and xml/xsl as well as database management.

Additional side projects as a freelancer have given me the opportunity to work with the latest web technologies. I believe every new website I work on should be responsive, and I enjoy implementing this either with frameworks (particularly Zurb’s Foundation) or by building them from the ground up. The discovery of CSS pre-processors changed how I develop websites, and wherever possible I will use CSS3 to eliminate the use of unnecessary image files. My CMS of choice is Wordpress and I assist numerous clients with the maintenance of their blogs and offer training and advice where required.

If you are interested in hiring me as a freelancer or have a project you think I might be interested in please contact me. My CV and is available on request.

Education

Self Taught

I’ve been designing on computers since I was 13. Before that I was a good drawer and painter, but as soon as I got my first computer I began creating ‘Cartoon Dolls’ – images of small dolls with clothes drawn on first in Windows Paint and later in Paint Shop Pro. When I was 15 I taught myself the language of the web: HTML, in notepad in order to display my designs on my own website. I still have all my old cartoon doll designs.

University

In 2005 I went to St Mary’s University College to study English and Media Arts. I concentrated on Photoshop and later Web Design in my Media Arts course and gained the first ever 100% in a media module for a Christmas themed flash animation. I graduated with a 2:1 and a part-time job working for Controlled Projects Ltd. as a junior web designer. I have since worked part-time at St Mary’s University College as a learning support assistant; teaching the students the same skills that were taught to me, and I have built numerous websites for smaller businesses.

I have recently completed a short course at City University London. The course covered javascript and manipulation of the DOM. I wanted to expand my knowledge of JQuery and move into using javascript instead.

Contact Me

Contact Elise Maile

I am currently interested in front-end development roles, as either a one-off project or in a freelance or part-time contract role.

Specific skills extend to Adobe Photoshop, HTML/5, CSS/3, JQuery and javascript, CMS and Wordpress and some PHP. Further details and CV available on request.

E-mail me info@e-maile.co.uk

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Blog/Portfolio E-Maile

Controlled Projects Ltd. Homepage

A bespoke responsive static website showcasing the work that Controlled Projects Ltd. does.

Built from scratch, I had to use my Photoshop skills to cut up the supplied design, and put it back together again using html, css and JQuery. The site is backwards compatible and responsive to cater for Controlled Projects Ltd. clients.

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Saia Night

Event promotion page. My contribution consisted of logo design, photo editing, flyer design and website improvements, working with 2headsolutions to produce a marketing strategy for a new dating event night.

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Regent Developments

Fully responsive static website for a new renovations company. Built using Foundation 5 framework.

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Iron Mountain

Working out of the London office as part of the global marketing and sales team, maintaining and improving the 21 European Iron Mountain websites in order to increase sales leads.

As the first European based web specialist, I work with various field marketing managers located in core European countries to localise their websites for their markets. This had a direct impact on lead generation as content is relevant for their customers and updates to the websites could be completed quicker with a dedicated EU online team.

I manage the administrative aspect of the EU Iron Mountain blog, updating plugins and keeping backups, and work with US-based colleagues as part of a team on larger technical projects, such as improving taxonomies, URLs and a large multilingual Sitecore migration project to improve website management for other members of the web team.

My role also includes working to tight deadlines with campaigns and press releases requiring reactionary work, as well as updating additional content on websites in multiple languages and working with third party vendors to improve user experience with continuous A/B testing. I also play a part in contributing both creative and technological ideas to marketing campaigns from an early stage, ensuring our online presence plays an important role in the lifetime and usefulness of these campaigns for our users.

Clear communication and concise project planning and utilisation have been skills which I have developed further within this job. Technologies used include Sitecore CMS, Eloqua, Optimizley, Raven tools, GA and HTML, CSS & JavaScript.

Details available on Request

Project Management System

Working with Controlled Projects Ltd. where I am responsible for user interface design and implementing the HTML and CSS for online services to companies such as Gatwick Airport and the Highways Agency. Due to internal IT restrictions for some of our clients, accessibility requirements such as backwards compatibility and browser testing have featured highly as part of these projects.

In 2012 a new responsive design was launched for a major client, but due to loading times on mobile devices, we implemented various code restrictions including significantly reducing the number of javascript code and using CSS methods instead to replicate similar effects. This has resulted in significantly faster load times and a better user experience.

As a result of these technical restrictions, this role has taught me how to work around problems and think outside the box to find suitable solutions to problems. With such high-profile clients, I have learnt the importance of extensive user testing and how to work with a team of freelancers and manage expectations. This role has also exposed me to back-end codes including .asp and xml/xsl as well as database management.

Details available on Request

Cosmosity Proms

A teaser style website for a prom night based in the South East of England.

Built using HTML5 and CSS3, a clean looking website with large photographs suitable to the prom theme. Responsive design was also taken into consideration, and the contact form was built using WuFoo.

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DW Sound

The second version of the sound engineer website, DWSound. Built in CSS2/3 and XHTML with a WYSIWYG CMS to allow the client to update the webpage as they see fit.

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