Christopher D’Alessio cdalessio@eldamar.netUpdated November 7, 2010


Executive Summary

Thirteen years of experience in web related technologies, from infrastructure and hardware to Information Architecture, Usability, Accessibility, and User Interface design, engineering and development. Focus on UI technologies and usability for websites using semantic markup, unobtrusive javascript, and CSS to deliver cross-browser, cross-device accessible websites to a multilingual audience. Experience architecting content delivery systems and process, UI and design frameworks. Able to work independently as well as part of a team.

Professional Experience

Orbitz Worldwide - Chicago, IL Oct 2005 - present Senior User Interface Engineer

Work with international teams to design, develop, deliver, and support a global platform capable of supporting the requirements of all the Orbitz Worldwide brands. Played a key role expanding platform support to include the growing Mobile user-base, enabling concurrent feature delivery to an ever growing array of devices, browsers, and screen resolutions.

  • Primary role in initial development and delivery of full support for Mobile devices to Orbitz Global Platform using Agile development process.
    • Proposed and developed initial rapid prototype demonstrating platform flexibility, ability to deliver, and value of approach, leading to a shift in company strategy for Mobile device support
    • Lead developer for project to fully implement Mobile device support
    • Contributed to design process, working with Design, IA, and Product Strategy team members
    • Implemented proposed features quickly enabling on-device testing and rapid feature evolution
    • Developed changes to platform architecture and initial core required features.
    • Assisted in expanding automated test suite to include Mobile.
    • Delivered beyond initial scope to an aggressive timeline
  • Lead role in managing process and developer support, as well as initial design of content delivery system to support multilingual platform enabling same-day feature release across all locales
  • Mentor new hires and team cross-functional development and growth
  • Maintain and champion site usability and accessibility
  • Deliver dynamic interactive functionality supporting progressive enhancement leveraging semantic HTML, CSS, and unobtrusive javascript
  • Contributed to design and assisted with development of platform Design system enabling support of multiple color schemes allowing significant brand differentiation and layout while maintaining ease of implementation for developers.
  • Provide code design feedback, guidance, and reviews for teams and individuals contributing to platform code-base
  • Contribute to writing and maintaining automated test suite

Kraft Foods - Northfield, IL 2001 - 2005 Designer / Information Architect / Developer

Served as the Information Architect and UI Engineer with a team of developers to create a custom collaborative supply chain management application in the IBM WebSphere environment, using Design, DHTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Struts, JSP, Java, XML, and XSL skills. Served as the User Interface designer and developer for several small web-based applications. Designed logos and branding for various internal projects. Mentored developers and interns.

Böwe Bell & Howell - Wheeling, IL2004 Software Interface Designer

Designed User Interface of software used in day to day operation of mail sorting machines by company's core customers. Contributed to development of several time-saving and patent-pending business methods and mail-sorting processes. Designed several key process concepts to reduce downtime when problems occur, allow managers more control to direct operations with less effort, simplify support, and increase productivity.

CosaTech, Inc. - Oakbrook Terrace, IL2000 - 2004 Sr. Web Designer / Consultant

Provided graphic design, layout, and HTML coding for commercial website clients, as well as being responsible for keeping the design and content of the CTI brand websites up to date. Collaborated with marketing department to design and development of marketing materials. Filled on-site consulting positions for clients.

OpenTV Company - Naperville, IL2001 Web Designer / Webmaster

Filled temporary webmaster position, responsible for timely posting of all job openings, press releases, and other marketing material on corporate website. Redesigned and implemented new corporate intranet to merge two existing intranets left over from a merger, including server preparation and conversion of existing documents to new standard where appropriate, and allowing for inclusion of existing documents within new structure where required. Assisted with interviewing potential candidates to fill Webmaster position full-time, ultimately choosing the individual to fill that role and training him in the responsibilities.

B and G Electronics, Inc. - Lakewood, OH1996 - 2000 Web Design Consultant / Systems and Network Consultant

Helped develop a strategic plan and establish design goals for company as well as commercial website clients that meet their business directives in addition to providing graphic design, layout, and coding. Was instrumental in development of business from basic computer hardware assembly to full-service Internet Service Provider and Microsoft technology provider. Maintained commercial Internet servers, routers, and systems, including hardware and software, setup and security issues.

Bell & Howell Publishing Services - Richfield, OH 1998 - 2000 Graphic / Web Design Consultant

Provided web graphics for client on an as-needed contract basis.

Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Church - Sun Prairie, WI1997 - 2000 Graphic and Web Design Consultant

Provided web graphics for client on an as-needed volunteer basis. Designed cover art for conference publications and prepared for publication.


BFA - Drawing, Cleveland Institute of Art - 1999
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