I’m a Web Specialist

I’m a specialist in all things web, having been using it regularly since 1995, and daily since 2000.

I’ve been coding websites since 2001.


About Me

  • born in Toronto, grew up in Nova Scotia
  • while in Halifax, studied Anthropology & Religion at Saint Mary's University and then studied painting, drawing, printmaking and art history at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD)
  • moved to Toronto in 2000
  • was known for the Goodreads (2000–2009) mailing list and blog, a curated and aggregated “best of the web” email-list and blog, occasionally accompanied by crticial essays
  • graduated from Sheridan's post-grad Web Design program
  • has an award named after him
  • rated as a “high intermediate” French speaker
  • a drawing teacher once said he “drew like an angel”

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Timothy Comeau

Web Specialist

timothy@timothycomeau.com

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July 2015

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I’m an expert with all things web, with over ten years’ experience hand-coding websites through a variety of IDEs, MVC frameworks, and CMS systems (especially WordPress). I’ve seen the web evolve from the Mosaic browser through Netscape to IE6, onto Firefox and Chrome and seen coding trends come and go. From all this I’ve acquired a broad understanding of both the underlying technology, and its social impact.

 

I’m currently on a long-term contract and I’m not
available except for small projects.


Employment & Experience

Front End Developer & Designer

Web Developer • I & J Ideations, BevLab

Sept 2014

  • built a survey app and generated visualizations from collected data
  • used the Laravel framework and D3.js library

Lead Developer & Designer • Name Witheld

Nov 2013

  • lead developer and designer on a website
  • used Angular JS for content filtering
  • site refactored in August 2014 to use the Laravel framework

Front End Developer & Web Editor • Informa Canada

Aug–Nov 2013

  • one month contract extended to four months, to finalize brochure websites
  • updated web content as required
  • worked with CodeIgniter MVC PHP framework
  • version control with Git through the GitHub for Windows GUI
  • project management with Asana

Web Developer • The Works Design

Jul 2013

  • code editing to finalize the launch of PHP/JS brochure websites

Web Content Management Specialist • AGF

Jan–Apr 2013

  • assisted in the migration of AGF's website properties from their Rythmix CMS to new Cascade Server CM

Banner Ad Designer • Well.ca

May 2012

  • completed web banner ads to requested specifications
  • project management through Asana

WordPress

WordPress Specialist • Momus.ca

Sept-Oct 2014

  • code editing and theme modification
  • implemented designer’s vision within a commercial WordPress theme
    through customization and modification
  • server set up and website launch

WordPress Specialist • Bayard Presse, Owl Magazine

Aug 2014

  • WordPress page specific responsive web code editing
  • MailChimp integration

WordPress Specialist • H2 Central

Jul 2014

  • code editing and WordPress management for select corporate clients

WordPress Specialist & Designer • The Village Pharmacy

Jun 2014

  • code editing and theme modification
  • server set up and website launch
  • banner ads

WordPress Specialist • The Toughest Fight

May 2012

  • implemented designer’s vision within a commercial WordPress theme through customization and modification

Editor / Developer / Administrator • Goodreads.ca

2004–2009

  • site administrator and editor for mailing list and blog
  • used Dadamail for the email list
  • web presence between 2005-07 was a self-built blog using PHP/MySQL
  • moved site to WordPress in 2007
  • (domain name was sold in 2013; site archived)

Email Development

Email Developer • Agency 59

Mar 2014

  • assisted with coding email campaigns and landing pages
  • used ExactTarget email platform and AMP scripting

Email Developer • Jam Direct

Nov 2013

  • assisted with coding email campaigns for select corporate clients

Email Developer • Loyalty One, AIR MILES®

Apr–Jun 2013

  • coded email campaigns through preparation of Photoshop files
    into email-ready HTML
  • completed Epsilon responsive email training

Web Other

Blogger • BlogTo.com

2005

  • arts coverage and social commentary

Digital Assistant • The Burston Gallery

2003–2005

  • design of invites and fliers
  • designed, built and maintained website while it was active
  • maintained gallery email list using Dadamail software
  • provided admin. support including mail processing and drafting of documents

The Office

Admin. Assistant • (Name Withheld)

Feb 2010–Apr 2011

  • admin. support to a team of ten
  • processed mail and faxes
  • answered phones, directed calls reception relief when required
  • scheduled meetings, took minutes coordinated transportation managed petty cash ($250) and a TTC token allowance

Bilingual Legal Appointments Clerk • Min. of the Attorney General

Aug 2008–May 2009

  • first level processing of Commissioner for Taking Affidavits & Notary applications contacted applicants to resolve outstanding issues

Pre-Authorized Payment Officer • TD Bank Visa

Sep 2006–Sep 2007

  • programmed pre-authorized payments for clients processed card upgrades

Other

Board of Directors, MCIS

2004–2006

  • member of the marketing committee
  • worked to revitalized the organization's brand
  • initiated RFP for new website ahead of re-brand launch in late 2006

Board of Directors, YYZ Artist’ Outlet

2002–2005

  • helped program the exhibition schedule
  • website maintenance
  • initiated changes to the governing structure

Multi-Disciplinary Artist

1999–Prsnt

  • I have worked independently and with collectives my practice varies from painting to conceptual projects

Skill Set


Front End: HTML5, CSS3, JS, JQuery, Sass, Node, Yeoman, Grunt, Git/Github
Back End: PHP, MySql
MVC Frameworks: Laravel, CodeIgniter
Text Editors: Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, Atom
CMS: WordPress, Drupal
Design: Responsive Design, Balsamiq, Adobe CS5*/6*
○ Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Premiere
Audio & Video: basic video editing, basic audio editing/podcast production


I speak & read French | Je lis et parle Français


Lectures, Talks, Interviews

  • Talking Stats 1: Artists, Hart House, Toronto (Nov 17 2010)
  • Morality as a Form of Idealism, Trampoline Hall, Toronto (Mar 12 2007)
  • The Critic Speaks panel participant, Gallery 1313, Toronto (Feb 26 2007)
  • Instant Coffee on Visual Voice, CIUT 89.5 FM, U of T (Mar 20 2003)
  • Talk to participant of AGO’s education program, Toronto (Nov 15 2002)
  • Artist Talk, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax (Feb 17 1999)

Grant & Awards

  • Inaugural & eponymous Timothy Comeau Award, Mammalian Diving Reflex (2008)
  • Award of Excellence, Pine Ridge Arts Council 8th Annual Juried Exhibition (2006)
  • Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2004)
  • Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2001)

Publications

DeCentre: Concerning Artist-Run Culture • YYZ Books (2008)

Exhibition History

Solo Exhibitions

2005 • Aug 1 – 31Postcard DrawingsSaatchel Gallery, Toronto
2003 • Feb 16 – 28Music for LawyersZsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto
2001 • Jul 9 – Aug 5Parks Canada or the Technonaissance?Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto
1999 • Mar 8 – 27Come See how bad I used to drawThe Khyber, Halifax
1999 • Feb 15 – 20ArdechesAnna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
1999 • Feb 2 – 21Selections from ArcheaologyThe Khyber, Halifax

Group Exhibitions

2012 • Dec 12 – 29PreoccupationThe Gladstone, Toronto
2012 • Apr 26Spectrum; Sheridan Web Design Grad ShowMosaic Communications, Toronto
2010 • Dec 28 – Jan 4 2011 Sketchivus for the RestivusThe Gladstone, Toronto
2008 • Oct 16 – Nov 17NVRNMNT: Communicating SustainabilityU of T Sustainability Office, Toronto
2006 • Nov 3 – Dec 2 Pine Ridge Arts Council 8th Annual Juried Art ExhibitionMcLean Community Centre, Ajax
2005 • Aug 5 – 15 Pot Modern Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto
2004 • Jul 8 – 31 Electric EyeSis Boom Bah, Toronto
2004 • Apr 15 – 25 Centre of Attentiontete-a-tete projects
2004 • Jan 24 – Feb 14 Re:<o><o>Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver
2003 • Dec 4 – 24 The X ShowThe Burston Gallery
2003 • October Stencils seemed like the right thing to doPrinted Matter NYC
2003 • Aug – Oct Instant Coffee Project – The Urban Disco TrailerToronto • NYC
2003 • Aug 16 – 29 The Michael Jackson ProjectZsa Zsa, Toronto
2003 • July 8 – Aug 31 Buy Sellf:Import/Export (Instant Coffee)Fonderie Darling, Montreal
2003 • May 15Art Metropole's Instant GratificationChristopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto
2003 • Apr 26 – 28 Fool Hearted GalaThe Khyber, Halifax
2003 • Apr 5 – 6 FoolsFlorence St Projects, Toronto
2003 • Jan 2 – 15 Instant Coffee January ShowZsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto
2002 • Dec 21 – 2002If I had a Hi-Fi: Mercer Union Member's ShowMercer Union, Toronto
2002 • Oct – Dec Caffeine Screens: The Instant Coffee Screensaver Project [CD-ROM]Instant Coffee
2002 • Oct 18 – Nov 2 Small World ShowSis Boom Bah, Toronto
2002 • Aug 13 – 18Gallery LeDecoTokyo, Japan
2002 • July 17 – 28 Don’t Fear the ReaperGallery 1313, Toronto
2002 • May 31 – Jun 6 Instant Coffee Photo ShowInstant Coffee – Urban Disco Trailer, Toronto
2001 • Nov 24 – Dec 1 A Level One Year Anniversary ShowA Level Gallery, Toronto
2001 • NovemberT-Shirt ShowInstant Coffee Project
2001 • May 25 – 27 Overtime@WorkplaceInstant Coffee Workplace
2001 • Feb 7 – 27 CodeGallery 1313, Toronto
1999 • Apr 20 – 24 50 Ways to Leave your Lover: NSCAD Grad ShowAnna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
1999 • Feb 8 – 27 1999 Members ExhibitionThe Khyber, Halifax
1999 • Jan 18 – 23 The 6thAnnual NSCAD Juried Drawing ExhibitionAnna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax
1998 • Dec 7 – 12Printed Matter Group ShowThe Khyber, Halifax
1998 • May 11 – 30 Pot of Gold Group Show & SaleThe Khyber, Halifax
1996 • Nov 21 – Dec 12 Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff (FASS) ExhibitionSaint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax
1995 • Nov 24 – Dec 17 Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff (FASS) ExhibitionSaint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax
1995 • Jan 11 – 29 Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff (FASS) ExhibitionSaint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax

Education

Certified

2011-2012 Sheridan College • Oakville ON
  Ontario College Post Graduate Certificate • Web Design
○ online marketing, branding, web design, editorial, advertising, typography
1996-1999Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) • Halifax NS
  BFA • Fine Arts
○ painting, printmaking, art history, drawing
1993-1998 Saint Mary’s University • Halifax NS
  BA • Humanities
○ anthropology, religious studies

Workshops

  • A very basic Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (Jan 2015)
  • 3D Printing Certification • Toronto Public Library (Jun 2014)
  • Web Apps in Modern Javascript (Nov 2012)
  • Processing for iPhone (Oct 2012)
  • Generative Art & Processing (Mar 2011)

Mindfulness Training

  • The Way of the Consciousness Explorer (Autumn 2013)
  • Meditation in Everyday Life (Feb 2011)
  • The Art of Being Human, Shambhala Training Level I (Jan 2011)