Socea Cristian UI Designer / Front-end developer

Full nameSocea Cristian - Pavel
Date of birthJune 27, 1986
AddressFălticeni, Suceava, Romania
Phone+4 0745 210 871
Websitehttp://soceacristian.ro/
Email office [at] soceacristian [dot] ro

Well, Hello! I'm Chris!

A romanian UI designer and front-end developer, with 11+ years career experience designing and developing user-centric websites and web applications.


Experience & skills

UI Design

  • Responsive, flexible, fluid layout design
  • UI/UX design patterns and principles
  • Layout/UI wireframing
  • Software: Adobe's Fireworks, Illustrator, Photoshop (very basic), Axure

Markup & stylesheet

  • HTML5, xHTML, HTML 4, XML, CSS2, CSS3, media-queries
  • XML, XSLT, XPath, XQuery (basic)
  • semantic and standard markup code
  • cross-browser compatible and standard stylesheet code
  • SEO, usability and accessibility knowledge
  • HAML and Sass preprocessor (SCSS syntax, including Bourbon and Compass frameworks), LESS
  • fluid/flexible, responsive, grid based layouts

Programming (mostly Front-end development)

  • JavaScript: Backbone JS, AMD (RequireJS), jQuery & jQuery UI, DOM, AJAX, JSON
  • PHP: mostly procedural but also OOP
  • Ruby (on Rails), Python (Django), Java and C++ - very basic
  • Source code versioning: Hg (Mercurial), Git, SVN (basic)

Databases

  • SQL standard, MySQL databases, basic knowledge of PostgreSQL
  • relational database schema design knowledge
  • very basic knowledge of NoSQL (MongoDB)

Other (technical and social) skills

  • Highly focused on details and with aesthetic sense
  • Problem solving, organizational and analytical skills
  • Fluent english speaker
  • Fast learner and passionate about web technologies
  • Strict in following web standards
  • Open minded and good communication skills

Working experience (full-time)

Synygy Europa, Iași, Romania

(UI Prototype Developer, Sep. 2012 - Now)

  • Prototyping UI components
  • HTML5/CSS3 coding
  • JavaScript & jQuery UI widgets development
  • Front-end and UI research
  • Design and develop different (in-house) managing tools as web apps
  • Mercurial and Git VCS
  • Slicing layouts and creating graphics for the prototype team

Studentify BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands

(UI Designer & Front-end Developer, Feb. 2012 - Aug. 2012)

  • Web (UI/UX) design, print and graphic design (Fireworks, Illustrator)
  • HAML and SCSS/SASS preprocessors (generating HTML5 and CSS3)
  • Javascript (jQuery and jQuery UI with very few CoffeeScript usage)
  • Very basic Ruby on Rails
  • Basic experience with GitHub repositories
  • Community and social networks/media experience

Prologue Advertising, Bucharest, Romania

(UI Designer & Developer, Mar. 2009 - Feb. 2012)

  • Web (UI/UX) design, mobile, print and graphic design (Fireworks, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Wireframing and sketching websites
  • Logo and brand design
  • HTML5, xHTML, XML, RSS, CSS2, CSS3, media-queries
  • Javascript (jQuery, jQuery UI, AJAX, JSON, DOM)
  • Debugging Javascript and CSS to provide cross-browser solutions
  • Development using procedural PHP and MySQL databases
  • Social media, e-Commerce, SEO, Web Services and APIs experience
  • Designing and developing Wordpress themes and email newsletters
  • Writing Apache mod_rewrite .htaccess rules
  • Integrating proprietary CMS (written in PHP)

Custom Web, Iași, Romania

(Web Designer & Developer, Feb. 2008 - Jul. 2008, Nov. 2008 - Dec. 2008)

  • Web design (Fireworks, Illustrator)
  • xHTML/HTML4, CSS2, CSS3
  • Javascript (prototype, jQuery, AJAX, DHTML)
  • Development using PHP and MySQL databases
  • First e-commerce experience

Other working experience (part-time, freelance)

Eloquentix, USA - Romania

(UI/UX Designer & Front-end Developer, May 2013 - now)

  • Design of UI and User Interractions (UX)
  • HTML5/CSS3 front-end development

Freelancer/Self employed, Fălticeni, Romania

(UI Designer & Developer, Jun. 2010 - now)

  • working on independent projects, designing and developing full websites
  • web/UI, print and logo design
  • HTML5, xHTML, HTML4, CSS2, CSS3
  • Javascript (jQuery plugins, AJAX, JSON)
  • PHP development, MySQL

Freelancer, Fălticeni, Romania

(Developer, Sep. 2008 - Nov. 2008)

  • Developing a currency statistics/conversions website using PHP, MySQL and Javascript
  • Developing a browser based Javascript application using jQuery for designing signs and business cards online

Portfolio

Includes the most important projects.

StudentTutors - studenttutors.nl by Studentify, 2012

Platform/network where students can give and get tutoring from each other.

  • UI/UX/Graphic/Print design, HAML/SCSS code, HTML5/CSS3
  • Programming small Javascript interactions (tooltips, modal messages, cross-browser solutions using DOM manipulation)
  • Providing UI and UX solutions to solve users problems

Bench - benchapp.herokuapp.com by Studentify, July 2012

Facebook app/website where users can share and join personal (small) events.

  • UI/UX/Graphic design, HAML/SCSS code, HTML5/CSS3,
  • The project was developed in 3 days at Startup Weekend Amsterdam 2012

FunkyBiz - www.funkybiz.ro by Prologue Advertising, 2010-2011

Group buying website

  • UI/Graphic, logo and graphic design, xHTML and CSS3
  • Procedural PHP (validations, login, queries, sessions)
  • Javascript UI interactions (counters, sliders, other interactions)
  • Facebook newsletter application (and integration)
  • SEO solutions
  • Romanian e-Commerce Awards ‘11 - nominee
  • Nominee on awwwards.com - http://www.awwwards.com/best-websites/funky-biz

RCA Super Ieftin - http://www.rcasuperieftin.ro by Prologue Advertising, 2011

Car insurance online buying service

  • UI/Graphic design, xHTML and CSS3
  • procedural PHP (validations, web services integration)
  • Javascript UI interactions, DOM manipulation, AJAX and JSON
  • Romanian e-Commerce Awards ‘11 - winner (Services section)
  • Nominee on awwwards.com

Prologue Advertising - http://www.prologue.ro by Prologue Advertising, 2011

Web design & development agency

ATV Vânzări - http://www.atv-vanzari.ro by Prologue Advertising, 2011

Online shop for ATVs, motorcycles and other vehicles

Travel Solutions - http://www.travelsolutions.ro by Prologue Advertising, 2010

Travel website

  • Graphic/logo design, xHTML and CSS3
  • procedural PHP (search, queries)
  • Javascript interaction (maps, search) and AJAX

Retro Boutique - http://www.retroboutique.ro by Prologue Advertising, 2012

Online shop for old/vintage/retro products

Stylezza - http://www.stylezza.com by Prologue Advertising, 2011

Online fashion magazine

  • UI/Graphic design, xHTML and CSS3
  • procedural PHP (queries, comments), Javascript interactions and AJAX

Distribuitor Makita - http://www.distribuitor-makita.ro Independent/Freelance, 2010

Dealer online catalogue for Makita tools

  • freelance project, including design and programming the entire website
  • web design, xHTML, CSS3
  • programming procedural PHP, front and back-end
  • design MySQL schema
  • developing jQuery plugin and heavy Javascript interactions
  • creating its own Content Management System

Other projects


Online (offline) presence

Awards

Nominees

Participations

Article mentions


Education

“Alexandru I. Cuza” University, Iași, Romania

(Faculty of Computer Science, BSc studies, Oct. 2005 - 2008, suspended studies)

  • Algorithms, programming (C, C++, Java, Bash), automata, logic and mathematics
  • Information security, security algorithms and protocols
  • Web technologies and Human Computer Interaction

“Mihai Băcescu” National College, Fălticeni, Romania

(Mathematics & Informatics, Sep. 2001 - Jun. 2005)

  • Mathematics, physics
  • Informatics (Pascal & C++)