Director of Technology. Gladiator/Developer. And more!
I do a lot of things, including coding, speaking, and writing. What I really like is problem-solving, big-picture strategy, and working with interesting, interested, and passionate people - and that's why I'm thrilled to be working with these folks:
None of them are me. Here I am, in the corner:
The Texas Tribune
At the Tribune, I do web development, refine our workflow, and coordinate our platform team with Art, Events, Membership, and Marketing. I planned and executed a responsive redesign without disrupting the site, as well as a new opinion site, and have worked on explorers, games, and microsites. Upcoming projects include a major content-driven redesign in 2015.
Projects I've done for fun, or friends, or both. And previous to joining the Tribune, I did freelance Wordpress development and contract front-end work.
Speaking (and Other Bad Habits)
Most recently, I've spoken at SXSW, WordCamp ATX, and ASNE Hack Leadership conference. Before that, I emceed and spoke at The Dionysium, Austin's original intellectual variety show, and before that I spent ten years teaching (i.e. presenting) on history and humor. Although I'm more likely to use reveal.js these days, making presentation materials gave me my start with Photoshop, and sparked my interest in multimedia and online publishing.
As an Austin creative I'm required to show you some photographs I've taken. I'm under no delusions of grandeur, but I think I do okay.
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I'm on Twitter most.
Or you can just shoot me a good, old-fashioned email: akrauss at texastribune dot com.