Hello, my name is

Kevin Smith

and I'm a

Full Stack Web Developer

About me

I have a positive outlook on life and always assume peoples best intentions. I value honesty, humbleness & working hard. In my spare time I take great joy in learning new things, the outdoors and great computer games.

Personal Information

Date of birth
April 9th, 1986
Address
Lilienstraße 3
Lübeck
Germany
Email
kevin@ksmth.de
Phone
+49 0173 68 414 76
Website
ksmth.de

Education

from 2009 to 2013

Universität zu Lübeck

Lübeck

Bachelor of Science Computer Science

After doing web development for some time, I wanted to take it to the next level and understand the underpinnings of the web, programming and the digital domain in general. As a result I started studying computer science.

In my bachelor thesis I developed a regression testing tool for web based applications. It allows you to closely monitor any changes made to a given set of URLs, making accidental breaking changes to a layout nearly impossible.

What I enjoyed learning:

  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Software Ergonomics & Technology
  • Databases & Nonstandard Database Systems
  • Interaction Design
  • Media Production & Media Programming
from 2006 to 2008

School of Audio Engineering

Hamburg

SAE Diploma

Being in a student band that was mildly successful, I dreamt about having a professional career in the music industry. It turned out I enjoyed the technical aspects of this education the most.

Employment

from 2011 to present day

Pixellent GmbH

Lead Developer

My role at Pixellent has shifted over time - when I joined the team in their Hamburg based office, I was accountable for translating our designer's PSDs to CSS and HTML. As the opportunity to expand my responsibilities arose I took my chances and now I'm in charge of estimating costs, meeting with clients and supervising all technical aspects of the projects.

I take great pride in the workflow we developed, introducing Git and advocating best practices, as well as educating clients about the the web and current trends.

from 2011 to 2012

Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems

Research Assistant

My main responsibility at the IMIS was to administer, maintain and extend the Drupal installation used to operate the institute's website.

from 2004 to present day

Me, Myself and I

Full Stack Web & Indie Mac Developer

In 2004 I started building websites for fun. What started out as a means to promote personal projects or businesses of friends and family slowly grew to the skillset that it is today.

Regarding the Mac development I can't share much with you at this point. I can tell you I'm working on a nifty little tool for the web development community. If you're into Grunt and a little adventurous, drop me a line and I'll notify you when there's a beta available.

Skills

I'm always trying hard to keep up with all the new stuff. As if that's not enough, I strive for a healthy dose of fresh input, be it in the form of a new programming language, framework or design pattern. I like to think of myself as a fast learner and I love learning!

What I know

Programming Languages
HTML5 CSS3 / SCSS / LESS JavaScript / CoffeeScript PHP5 Java Ruby Objective-C
Backend Frameworks
Laravel FuelPHP Play! Ruby on Rails Sinatra Express Socket.IO
Frontend Libraries
jQuery Backbone AngularJS Bootstrap Foundation
CMS
WordPress Drupal Magento Perch
Technologies & Tools
NodeJS MySQL PostgreSQL MongoDB Redis Vagrant Git SVN Grunt Bower RequireJS

Me elsewhere

I'm not the most active user of social networks, but you can find me in various places. If you want to get a fast reply, try twitter first.

Contact me

If none of the above fits your needs, you can of course send me an e-mail. I'm always happy to hear from people and I'll respond as quickly as possible.