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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February 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 • Squareknot (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

  • Postcard Drawings, Saatchel Gallery • Toronto (Aug 1–31 2005)
  • Music for Lawyers, Zsa Zsa Gallery • Toronto (Feb 16–28 2003)
  • Parks Canada or the Technonaissance? • The Khyber, Halifax (Jul 9Aug 5 2001)
  • The Story of Star Wars, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (May 10–15 1999)
  • Come see how bad I used to draw, The Kyber, Halifax (Mar 8–27 1999)
  • Ardeches, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (Feb 15–20 1999)
  • Selections from Archeaology The Khyber, Halifax (Feb 2–21 1999)

Group Exhibitions

  • Preoccupation
    The Gladstone, Toronto (Dec 12–29 2012)
  • Spectrum; Sheridan Web Design Grad Show
    Mosaic Communications (Apr 26 2012)
  • Sketchivus for the Restivus
    The Gladstone, Toronto (Dec 28 ’10–Jan 4 2011)
  • NVRNMNT: Communicating Sustainability
    U of T Sustainability Office, Toronto (Oct 16–Nov 17 2008)
  • Pine Ridge Arts Council 8th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
    McLean Community Centre, Ajax (Nov 3–Dec 2 2006)
  • Pot Modern Zsa Zsa, Toronto (Aug 5–15 2005)
  • Electric Eye
    Sis Boom Bah, Toronto (Jul 8–31 2004)
  • Centre of Attention
    tete–a–tete projects, Toronto (Apr 15–25 2004)
  • Re:<o><o>
    Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver (Jan 24–Feb 14 2004)
  • The X Show
    The Burston Gallery, Toronto (Dec 4–24 2003)
  • Stencils seemed like the right thing to do
    Instant Coffee Projects & Printed Matter NYC (Oct 2003)
  • Instant Coffee Painting Show
    Instant Coffee Projects — The Urban Disco Trailer,
    Toronto–NYC (Aug–Oct 2003)
  • The Michael Jackson Project
    Zsa Zsa, Toronto (Aug 16–29 2003)
  • Buy Sellf: Import/Export (Instant Coffee)
    Fonderie Darling, Montreal (July 8–Aug 31)
  • Art Metropole’s Instant Gratification
    Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto (May 15 2003)
  • Fool Hearted Gala
    The Khyber, Halifax (Apr 26–28 2003)
  • Fools
    Florence St Projects, Toronto (Apr 5–6 2003)
  • Instant Coffee January Show,
    Zsa Zsa, Toronto (Jan 2–15 2003)
  • If I had a Hi–Fi: Mercer Union Member’s Show,
    Mercer Union, Toronto (Dec 21 2002)

  • Caffeine Screens: The Instant Coffee Screensaver Project [CD–ROM]
    Instant Coffee, (Oct–Dec 2002)
  • Small World Show
    Sis Boom Bah, Toronto (Oct 18–Nov 2 2002)
  • it’s a small world
    Gallery LeDeco, Tokyo (Aug 13–18 2002)
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper
    Gallery 1313, Toronto (July 17–28 2002)
  • Instant Coffee Photo Show
    Instant Coffee — Urban Disco Trailer, Toronto (May 31–Jun 6 2002)
  • A Level One Year Anniversary Show
    A Level Gallery Toronto (Nov 24–Dec 01 2001)
  • T–Shirt Show
    Instant Coffee Projects (Nov)
  • Overtime@WorkplaceInstant Coffee Workplace, Toronto (May 25–27 2001)
  • Code, Gallery 1313, Toronto (Feb 7 –27 2001)
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover: NSCAD grad show
    Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (Apr 20–24 1999)
  • 1999 Members Exhibition, The Khyber, Halifax (Feb 8–27 1999)
  • The 6th Annual NSCAD Juried Drawing Exhibition
    Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax (Jan 18–23 1999)
  • Printed Matter Group Show
    The Khyber, Halifax (Dec 7–12, 1998)
  • Pot of Gold Group Show & Sale
    The Khyber, Halifax (May 11–30 1998)
  • Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff (FASS) Exhibition
    Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax (Nov 21–Dec 12 1996)
  • Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff (FASS) Exhibition
    Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax (Nov 24–Dec 17 1995)
  • Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff (FASS) Exhibition
    Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax (Jan 11–29 1995)

Education

Certified

  • Sheridan College (2012)
    Ontario College Post Graduate Certificate • Web Design
    ○ online marketing, branding, web design, editorial, advertising, typography
  • Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1999)
    BFA • Fine Arts ○ painting, printmaking, art history, drawing
  • Saint Mary’s University (1998)
    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)