Curtis Blackwell

Hi, my name's Curtis Blackwell and I like 🐐 goats 🐐.

I also build software for the web and got started in 2007. Now-simple tasks like adding drop shadows looked a lot different back then. It meant we had to create images in Photoshop then slice, export, and `background-repeat` 1px Γ— ~10px PNGs for each side and corner back then. No fancy `box-shadow` luxury for us in the twilight years of that saucy HTML4 + CSS2 gloss.

Lately I've taken on more leadership roles in my work. Since joining Highland in January 2018, I:

  • got an established dev team to learn and embrace Laravel's and Vue's conventions,
  • created a framework for collaboratively defining development standards,
  • organized a biweekly, all-dev meeting where we conspire to make our work better,
  • mentored other developers,
  • led a team in using Shape Up to unanimous delight,
  • supported my product manager in her work using Thinking in Services to uncover and solve for gaps in a complex project (I'm convinced Thinking in Services is the next big thing in strategy and service design), and
  • helped co-workers get a DEI working group off the ground (and kept it alive after they took new jobs elsewhere).

A unique blend of empathy, insightful criticism, a low tolerance for unpleasant working experiences, and the tenacity to improve my environment and the surrounding ecosystem make me an invaluable team member.

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Outside of work, I enjoy casual and strategy gaming, listening to and making music, mixing and drinking cocktails, and going for meandering walks with my partner.
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Positions

Development Manager

  • Highland Solutions
  • Mar 2021 - Present

Senior Application Developer

  • Highland Solutions
  • Jan 2018 - Mar 2021

Lead Developer

  • LionsMouth Digital
  • Jan 2015 - Nov 2017

Freelance Web Designer/Developer

  • Self-Employed - curtisblackwell.com
  • May 2008 - Jan 2015

Lead Designer

  • Insite Advice
  • Apr 2010 - Mar 2011

2021

Mar 01, 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Started a new role at Highland Solutions
Promoted to Development Manager at Highland Solutions! πŸŽ‰
Development Manager, Highland Solutions

2018

Jan 01, 2018
Jan 01, 2018
Started a new role at Highland Solutions
Designed a Backend System
Built UI components
Established a Deployment Process
Deployed a Backend System
Automated deployment
Improved site performance
+ 5
Excited to join Highland Solutions as Senior Application Developer! πŸŽ‰
Senior Application Developer, Highland Solutions

2015

Jan 01, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
Started a new role at LionsMouth Digital
Developed a Statamic Website
Developed a Statamic Addon
Deployed a Backend System
Established a Deployment Process
Built UI components
Improved site performance
Automated deployment
Designed a Backend System
Developing a web framework
Launched a Developer Tool
Used Laravel
+ 10
Spent a few years on a small team building a lot of CMS-powered websites. We built so many sites that I started building tools to streamline our work. I also built CMS addons to make the admin panel more useful for our clients.

After that, we focused on building web apps to help other small businesses automate their most painful processes.
Lead Developer, LionsMouth Digital

2011

Mar 01, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Left a role at Insite Advice
Designed a Backend System
Improved site performance
Deployed a Backend System
Established a Deployment Process
Automated deployment
Developed a Statamic Website
Developed an ExpressionEngine Website
Integrated with an API
Developed an eCommerce Website
Designed an eCommerce Website
Designed a website
Developed a Statamic Addon
Built UI components
Launched a Developer Tool
+ 13
Left my role as Lead Designer at Insite Advice and moved to Busan, South Korea where I focused on freelancing again.

In this time, I built a ton of CMS addons/plugins that I released publicly, some were free and open source, others commercial.
Lead Designer, Insite Advice

2010

Apr 01, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
Started a new role at Insite Advice
Established a Deployment Process
Improved site performance
Automated deployment
Learned PHP
Learned JavaScript
Developed an eCommerce Website
Developed a WordPress website
Developed an ExpressionEngine Website
+ 7
My first job at a small agency where I single-handedly designed and built somewhere around 20 CMS-powered websites in 11 months. It was a lot.
Lead Designer, Insite Advice

2007

May 01, 2007
May 01, 2007
Started Freelancing
Launched my freelancing business. I used to design and build websites for clients and increase capacity for small agencies. I usually worked with a CMS like WordPress, ExpressionEngine, or Statamic.
Freelance Web Designer/Developer, Self-Employed - curtisblackwell.com
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