I'm Jeff Ong, a freelance full-stack Web developer in Portland, OR, focusing on Drupal, a highly extensible, open source content management system. I have a background in visual design, creative direction, and information architecture, but now work mainly as a back-end and front-end developer.
My emphasis is on the Web as a universal platform for deploying software, and on creating user experiences which are both highly functional and pleasurable to use. I have a lot of experience and depth in the non-profit space, as well as small- to medium-sized businesses, and am very familiar with working both with technical and less technically experiences clients. I also do a fair bit of work for marketing/communications agencies and design shops that don't have the requisite technical skills in-house, or need additional freelance capacity.
I've been working in the interactive space for the last 20 years, and Web design since 1993 (before Netscape was released!). I was the Interactive Creative Director for Young & Roehr Group, and before that, Associate Creative Director at CKS Partners (later known as MarchFirst). I also founded and ran an application service provider called Leadcleaner from 2001-2007 or so, which allowed users to build and manage online lead response forms, with tools for qualifying and scoring inbound leads (we did not polish toxic metals). Since 2007 I've worked exclusively with Drupal, as both a front-end and back-end developer.
These days I work almost exclusively in the technical/implementation space, but my background keeps me highly aware of both the ultimate business and communication goals of the project and its visual impact. This lets me occasionally remind clients that, while their desired feature is technically feasible, it may compromise the overall efficacy of the site. It also makes it much easier to work with designers and marketers, and I've often acted as a facilitator between clients and technical staff.