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BeardyMcD - Chris McDermott


Web Developer - Techincal Director - Idea Man


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I lead implementation and development efforts for Firecat Studio, SACADA, TEDxSanAntonio. Provide website development and support for companies in the San Antonio & Austin area, including UT Austin, United Texas Credit Union, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and ChildSafe.

Though I am a true internet technology generalist, I excel at web application design strategy and implementation, as well as information and technical architecture. 

Before going freelance in 2005, I worked at USAA as an Interaction Designer and Web Producer for 11 years. There I helped to create and support their initial Intranet and Internet sites, defining strategy, process and implementation. Pre-interwebs I developed multimedia applications for touch screen kiosks, desktop PCs as well as building a self-serve digital photo booth (about ’95). I have an uncanny knack for asking the right questions at the right time, solving an underlying problem that makes lots of other problems go away. Insatiably curious and detail-oriented, I chase down the details and the final answers.

Most important: I'm a firm believer in having fun!

Specialties: Information Architecture, Requirements Definition, Technical Liaison, Interaction / User Centered Design, Web Interface Coder, Quality Assurance, Project Management, Usability Testing, User Experience, Use Cases, 508 WCAG Accessibility. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal. MailChimp, Constant Contact, Google Workspace, BaseCamp, TeamWork,, Mindmeister, Figma, SiteImprove, yada yada…

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