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 Timothy

  • 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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May 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.


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 (Aug 2014)
  • WordPress page specific responsive web code editing
  • MailChimp intergration
WordPress Sepcialist • 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

Office 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 (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, Angular JS, CodeIgniter
CMS: WordPress, Drupal • Design: Responsive Design, Balsamiq, Adobe CS5*/6*
(Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash) • Media: Basic video editing, Podcast production

Speaks French


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)

Publication

  • DeCentre: Concerning Artist-Run Culture • YYZ Books
    (contributed to this anthology; 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)