about me



web development

see my design portfolio at joel.fm for numerous web projects and example work. also wc.hwkns.biz for my online cv.

interactive ebook

currently developing an entirely new interactive ebook platform designed to engage readers by enhancing the narrative with interactive page elements such as character biographies, responsive/3D location maps, and other audio/visual elements.

the framework will include a simplified JSON data-schema to structure multimedia content. the json data object describing author's text, links to various media, and other content would then be parsed by a client-side function flowing the content responsively according to the reader's device.

portable networked devices are designed for user-interaction; an indie author could provide meaningful exposition to their narrative while a biology textbook could capture students by showing rather than simply telling.

aggregate music
also under development–this Chrome browser extension would allow the user to queue tracks from a number of providers (soundcloud, youtube, spotify) on the fly and pause & play them from the toolbar.


digital collage utilizing the instagram platform, see @joel.biz
a collection of digital works which rerender algorithmically collected product/stock images to highlight the lurid elements of technological marketing. also exists as a facebook page with an international following.
automated, responsive, browser-based work intended to exploit the interactivity of the browser window written entirely in javascript. a part of jpng.info.
music composition
here is a piece i composed for string quartet, flute, and tenor in 2015 entitled 'lad musician'
mixtapes and digital productions are available on my soundcloud
my portfolio is partially available on my instagram as well as on joel.fm


i graduated from reed college (b.a. physics) where i wrote a thesis utilizing relatively new mathematical methods for analyzing pattern forming nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems (e.g. a chemical reaction) with a focus on programatic data analysis to quantify visual properties of these patterns. utilizing relatively new & complex mathematical methods, programatic analysis to produce meaningful quantification of visual properties, and building an interactive front-end webpage to present this complex information along with extensive documentation has enabled further development in this burgeoning field as successive students have continued to extend my work. the overview with interactive data visualization is available at joelhawkins.info/thesis where you can also download the original written document in pdf format



web development

html5/css3, javascript, jquery, node.js, react.js, php, wordpress, python
git, webpack, gulp, grunt, browserify, npm
postgresql, ms sql, mysql, database architecture
apache, cpanel, phpmyadmin, server config, api development
unix/bash, homebrew, adobe creative cloud
redux, aws (dynamoDB, s3, lambda), final cut pro
angular 2, d3.js, webgl, aws certification

computer & graphic design

git, unix/bash, homebrew
tableau, ms excel
ms word, powerpoint, project
adobe cc: photoshop, illustrator, premiere, indesign, xd
final cut pro





though i have a background in physics, mathematics, data analysis, and digital art, i'm primarily interested in web development. focusing on skills in both front-end and back-end applications as well as interface design, i enjoy building cohesive and intuitive applications that exploit the interactive nature of the web. in building an api, consumer-facing interface, or responsive data visualization, i seek to create something that is elegant and efficient.

{ due to the highly confidential nature of my work at nike, i cannot share the specifics of any of the projects i developed. }

recent employment history

nike, inc.
resident physicist & innovation engineer
  • Innovated advanced product creation processes of Nike FlyKnit footwear tech. via continuous software infrastructure updates to maximize efficiency
  • Optimized dispatching of unique work-orders to factory floor and developed paperless method to communicate instructions to factory operators
  • Solely designed environment-aware codebase for Manufacturing Execution System REST API operating/maintaining realtime work-order database. Ensured non-blocking interactions & scalability beyond single factory
web developer (contract)
  • Developed fully functional online dating & networking platform, powered by PHP and MySQL
  • Encouraged new user adoption by utilizing familiar social-network elements, zero learning curve
  • Successfully migrated WordPress sites/DBs to new servers with zero downtime & no data loss
  • Designed beautiful, contemporary UI overhaul while maintaining existing brand recognition
  • Optimized pages for mobile, all screen sizes with responsive CSS and cross-platform compatibility
  • Resolved common email delivery issue by configuring DKIM & SPF credentials to avoid spam filter
  • Performed SEO for clients, typically boosting rankings to top 5 Google results
  • Designed custom API to sanitize & migrate CRM data to specialized reporting software
  • Developed under intense pressure, severe deadlines while maintaining best practices
territorial enterprise
web developer & social media manager
  • Developed and maintained entire Territorial Enterprise website, custom raw html5 design
  • Overhauled web UI with Bootstrap, custom CSS stylization to evoke a Twain-era literary feeling with an intuitive, contemporary look, as well as various JS tools to add engaging user-interactive elements.
  • Managed the non-profit publisher’s social media pages and analyzed user insights from Google Analytics and Facebook Insights to best t desired audience.
puppet labs, inc.
data & analytics intern
  • Extracted, managed, and cleaned company PostgreSQL data to enrich quality for efficient, meaningful analysis
  • Analyzed & explored Salesforce/ZenDesk data in Excel & Tableau—designed visual reports to identify low performing sales/marketing areas and focus efforts
  • Designed automated weekly Tableau dashboards for tracking engineering/sales activity and evaluating success—leading to improved support engineer processes
see resumé section for full details



for professional purposes, you can reach me here:

[email protected]
this site @joelhawkins.info
design portfolio @joel.fm
behance @hwknsj
linked in @hwknsj

for artwork, modeling, or music, see my: