Ken Hawkins' CV

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Ken
Hawkins.

Ken Hawkins.

Web front end lead.

I empathise with people and organisations to help deliver the potential of the web. With developer outreach and content modelling, I work to understand the root cause.

Web front end lead

Since 2015 I've been helping EMBL make a better front end toolkit for life-science websites.

My work is used by more than 250 developers at EMBL across a range of systems from Angular to React, to static sites and CMSs like WordPress and Drupal. My most-frequent tools are CSS (Sass), JavaScript, Eleventy, Lerna, npm, component systems and writing lots of documentation.

I seek out challenges of efficiency and communication.

Professional experience

Web expertise

Structure

Leadership

Professional work history

Web Front End Lead

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

June 2018 – ongoing
Heidelberg, Germany

EMBL is Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences and employees hundreds of developers to deliver online scientific services. We've created reusable front end tooling to speed development, reduce cost and improve UX. It's been especially interesting for the breadth of technology and wide the range of user needs and developer backgrounds.

I lead the creation of this tooling, the Visual Framework, and serve as its lead advocate to help developers and product designers to utilise and implement. I also ensure the Visual Framework adapts to those needs. This is an expansion of my role for the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

  • Grow, evolve legacy projects into pan-EMBL solutions
  • Sass, Nunjucks, Lerna, Fractal, npm, yarn, eleventy, component systems and many more
  • Information architecture and component tooling for EMBL web content, design systems
  • Architect abstracted web content platform, navigation
  • Facilitate collaboration between UX, developers and content teams
  • Foster design system growth, adoption by coordinating with development leads

Major technical tooling and processes: HTML/JS/CSS, Sass, GitHub, GitLab CI, Visual Studio Code, Google Analytics, Gulp, npm, Eleventy, Fractal, Drupal, Continuous integration, Kanban

Web design architect

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

July 2015 – June 2018
Cambridge, UK

  • Lead information architecture and design tooling for EMBL-EBI web content, design systems
  • Facilitate collaboration between UX, developers and content teams
  • Foster design system growth, adoption by coordinating with development leads
  • Drive for reusable patterns in web interfaces
  • Close gap between web analytics and content effectiveness
  • Improve intranet information architecture to focus on user activities

Major technical tooling and processes: Content modelling and architecture, HTML/JS/CSS, Sass, Adobe Creative Suite, Atom, MapBox, Google Analytics, GitHub, Gulp, npm, Jekyll, Foundation Framework, Drupal, Travis, Continuous integration, Kanban

Web developer and information designer

DRS Technical Solutions

February 2011 – June 2015
Stuttgart, Germany

  • Manage user-focused efforts (UX, research, metrics) for company web projects
  • Website project lead for a Drupal platform to support more than 150,000 user accounts, provide e-commerce tools
  • Information architecture and infographics for business proposals, strategic planning
  • Numerous intranet-style websites to manage contacts, resumes, documents by consuming JSON and XML feeds for custom dashboards and processing
  • Create and implement software projects with multi-company team members in the U.S., Europe and Middle East

Major technical tooling: Drupal, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Bitbucket, Agile, Amazon EC2, Route 53, Google Analytics

Technical and editorial lead

TheDigitel

May 2008 – February 2011
South Carolina, USA

I co-founded TheDigitel.com way back in 2009 to help advance newspaper methodology in the age of websites. This broke down barriers in collaborating with the public and created a more efficient and highly-networked data model of hyperlocal news.

  • Lead team of eight staff and an array of freelancers and volunteers to report, market and implement web features
  • Lead community editor outreach with physical, online, podcast events
  • Help our students grow through our intern partnership with the local college
  • Pioneer use of Twitter hashtags for local media community reporting
  • Dynamic Advertising: a new advertising model powered by social media
  • Speak at events for the creative community about code, reporting, startups
  • Refine Drupal UX, content editing experience for community collaboration with staff editors
  • Raise funding, manage investors, expand TheDigitel to three cities

Major technical tooling: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Drupal, LAMP hosting optimisation, daily briefing newsletter automations, reverse proxy caching, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Analytics, Google G Suite admin, A/B testing, Google AdSense and AdWords, podcasting

Graphics reporter

The Post and Courier

March 2006 - May 2008
South Carolina, USA

  • Newspaper infographic design and reporting
  • Produce daily deadline-driven information graphics based on news reports
  • Create interactive HTML and Flash information graphics for the Web
  • Process geographic data to create maps (GIS)
  • Design and produce newspaper pages
  • Photo management and copy editing

Major technical tooling: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, QuarkXPress, Flash, ArcGIS, Modo 3D modelling, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Mac OS

Graphics reporter

The Beaufort Gazette

May 2003 - March 2006
South Carolina, USA

  • Newspaper infographic and page design
  • Produce daily deadline-driven information graphics based on news reports
  • Help lead the visual design of newspaper pages
  • Work to educate staff on photo cropping, type kerning, general principles of visual structure and directing the reader's focus

Major technical tooling: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, QuarkXPress, Mac OS

Production manager

The Daily Journal

May 2000 - April 2003
South Carolina, USA

  • Newspaper pre-press production, advertising
  • Pre-flight and technical management of daily newspaper pre-press production
  • Lead production of in-house creatives for advertising clients
  • Manage pre-press team of 4 individuals

Major technical tooling: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, QuarkXPress, Mac OS

Education, speaking

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