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Nicholas Olsen
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Nicholas Olsen
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 19,342 Points

I'm trying to build a portfolio. Lets collaborate!

About Me

I'm 27, I'm a new father. I've been a computer geek my whole life. I've taken classes on Java, C++ and Data Structures and Algorithms.

I love to code but I've never done it professionally. I'm working toward building a career as a web developer. I'm interested in Javascript, both front end and back end, but I'd also like to try Ruby on Rails eventually.

What I Know

I've finished the web design track, but Photoshop and Illustrator are my greatest weaknesses. I like to code and I'm working toward finishing the front end track. I'm comfortable with HTML, CSS, SASS, Compass, Vanilla Javascript and jQuery. I've also messed around with Linux—Arch, Ubuntu, Mint, Slackware. I'm fairly comfortable with Linux as well, but it has a been a while.

What I Want

I've been putting myself out there to try and get projects from friends, family and coworkers. So far I've got one that I'm just finishing (you can see an unfinished version of it here. I designed and wrote all of the code myself using Compass and jQuery. I would love to find some designers or developers that would like to collaborate on any projects I can find. I can't guarantee money, but I can say that I always push for some kind of compensation. (And I'm not too bad of a salesman :D)

I'm also looking for projects to work on. So, if you have a project that you think I can help with please let me know! I would love to join!

Ultimately, I'd like to make some connections with people that have similar goals and interests. We can share insights, techniques, workflow, advice, etc.

I keep up on my facebook and twitter accounts and you can always message me on here.

About You

If you want to put your information up for others to find, please do so! Maybe you're studying iOS or Android development and you'd like to collaborate. Those aren't areas that I know about but maybe you can find someone that would like work with you.

9 Answers

jase richards
jase richards
10,379 Points

Hey, I think that's a great idea, and good job so far on your unfinished project. I would be willing to collaborate on anything, just having the experience alone would be great. I'm a bit behind you though, I am currently working on learning HTML and CSS, I have a little bit of Ruby on Rails experience but I'm very much a beginner at this so if there's anything you'd want to include me and vice versa I would be up for that I'll add you on twitter as well, my handle is @jasieJase so you know who it is.

Ingrid Bardales
Ingrid Bardales
10,616 Points

Hi Nicholas, I'm in the same boat as Jason but if you still think i can help my twitter handle is @olmc1.

Ingrid Bardales
Ingrid Bardales
10,616 Points

ok, I'm up for the baseball club!

Ricky Catron
Ricky Catron
13,023 Points

Just a comment on your unfinished page. Everything is so big! I feel as if I am being shouted at. But I like it so far.

Nicholas Olsen
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Nicholas Olsen
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 19,342 Points

I bumped the font size of that design up to 20px because the typeface itself just seemed small but that may just be too much. My computer has a 17 inch screen and a 2560 x 1920 resolution so I find myself zooming in to most websites so that I can read comfortably.

I will adjust the font size to a smaller size and view it on some other computers. I really appreciate the insight by the way!

If you can offer any other helpful critiques please do, I could certainly use the help. :D

Ricky Catron
Ricky Catron
13,023 Points

Glad to help maybe just take it down to 18 or 19. It was just a little to big for my taste.

dane wesolko
dane wesolko
7,353 Points

Hey Nicholas Olsen,

My name is Dane Wesolko. I am also studying in Treehouse like you. I have a degree in graphic design and have been working in the industry for almost 10 years now. I recently have decided to learn coding to further enhance my skills and open up new doors of opportunity. I think it would be really fun to work on some projects here and there and just make some connections. Or even give any insight. Feel free to hit me up anytime.

All the best,

Dane

Nicholas Olsen
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Nicholas Olsen
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Hey Dane!

Your work is very impressive. I've followed you on twitter, I hope we can work together soon. I have gotten so many responses, I think it is about time I come up with some ideas for us all to work on.

Hi Nicholas, I just sent you an email about a 1 page website.

Hi Nicholas, Total side note on your work in progress site. Be prepared to add a decent amount of legal lines and an equal housing logo to the design (you can google for the equal housing logo and get their download). I usually place them in the bottom footer. Also the loan officers NMLS number should be easy to find in their contact, not sure if California requires their state license numbers as well as the rule vary greatly by state, but the CFPB gets pretty peculiar about mortgage marketing you may also need to include the companies NMLS number as well and even a separate disclaimer since this is an outside site and not the actual companies, the LO should be able to get a contact for you with their marketing and compliance dept. to provide that information (I actually work as an in-house design lead in a marketing department for a mortgage company the rules are burned into my brain). Otherwise I would say it looks like you're on a good track and is a huge improvement on the majority of financial sites. Sorry I know that wasn't exactly what you were looking for, but wanted to give you a heads up of some of the legal requirements before you got too far along.

Nicholas Olsen
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Nicholas Olsen
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 19,342 Points

Wow Sarah that was great advice. I really appreciate it. It has been difficult getting the information and assets I needed from this particular client. I didn't realize there were any legal issues I needed to consider so I am glad I ran into you!

Marcus H
Marcus H
4,267 Points

Hi Nicholas

I've been learning design lately and have gotten better but have way to go, my best work in my opinion is the one called 'AF Redesign' which was also my first paid gig. At the moment I'm lacking the skills to help out on the dev side but if you need any help with designing the UI/layout I'd be more than happy to contribute. If you think I'm good enough that is...

https://www.behance.net/mshanda

Thanks, Marcus

Ingrid Bardales
Ingrid Bardales
10,616 Points

Marcus regarding your 'About Me' comment...it's never too late, I'm 42 and am still young!

Marcus H
Marcus H
4,267 Points

Yeah I still feel young and my hunger for learning has never been this strong. I hated school but absolutely love learning new things now, it's funny how that worked out.

Ingrid Bardales
Ingrid Bardales
10,616 Points

I know, we're a pair of late bloomers!