Hi, my name is

Alex Hopkins.

I build things for the web.

Welcome, I'm happy you're here!

I'm a Denver based Frontend Developer with a background in design, research, and language. I specialize in developing (and now and again designing) delightful user experiences. Currently, I'm a Web Engineer at Gloo, focused on creating human-centered products in the personal growth space.

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01.

About Me

Hi, my name is Alex Hopkins and I'm a zillenial working as a web engineer in sunny Denver, CO!

A little about me: since graduating from The University of Colorado Boulder (sko Buffs) with a BA in International Affairs, I have worked as a waitress at a restaurant (and loved it), had a few internships, travelled quite a bit, became a graphic designer, discovered a deep love of cooking and hosting, attended General Assembly's Fullstack Software Engineering bootcamp, gotten my first (and second) web engineering gigs, and learned so much along the way. I mention all of this because I believe that each of my work experiences continue to contribue to my success as a developer and problem solver.

Here are a few technologies I've been working with recently:

  • React
  • Next.js
  • ApolloGQL
  • TypeScript
  • JavaScript (ES6+)
  • Gatsby.js
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02.

Where I've Worked

Gloo

|Boulder, CO

Web Engineer

March 2021 - Present

  • Project:Program Explorer — research effort utilizing Gatsby.js & Prismic. Worked tightly with UX Research & Design to iterate quickly on functional prototype from initial design to live application with ads pointed at it.

Associate Web Engineer

May 2020 - March 2021

  • Project:Barna Access Plus — utilizing React, Next.js, and ApolloGQL, BAP lays the groundwork for a content platform build on Gloo's core authentication services. The site showcases a bright and snappy UI that delights its users. Built on a Prismic data source (headless CMS), the architecture of Prismic 'slices' is comprehensive, scalable, and easy to navigate for even the least-tech savy content managers.
  • Project:Ecommerce Buyflow / Registration — nicknamed 'dreamflow', Gloo's new ecommerce flow binds together the registration process for their myriad of products under one, dynamically branded umbrella. Technologies utilized: Next.js, React, Redux, and ApolloGQL

Natural Habitat Adventures

|Boulder, CO

Jr Frontend Web Developer

July 2019 - May 2020

  • Design and develop new UI features for both end user and content creators within CMS
  • Spearheaded API integration to allow for dynamic, real-time data loading
  • Collaborate with product team to improve internal features to increase efficiency
  • Develop end-to-end integration tests using Cypress.io

AMB3R Creative

|Boulder, CO

Graphic Designer

June 2018 - February 2019

  • Designed custom apparel for 40+ clients
  • Created pixel perfect separations to take designs from digital to screen print
  • Itterated with clients and project managers to ensure customer delight
  • Developed 86 page look-book and style guide for both internal use and external marketing
03.

Some Things I've Built

Barna Access Plus

Content platform built on Gloo's core authentification services. Currently utilized for Barna, but built to accomodate expansion and scaling to incorporate other content partners in the near future.

Made at: Gloo (private repository)

  • Next.js
  • React
  • ApolloGQL
  • Prismic.io
  • MaterialUI

Program Explorer POC

Research effort to validate a hypothesis that if explorers are presented with an array curated of programs from outside vendors that they will be more likely to sign up for one.

Made at: Gloo (private repository)

  • React
  • Gatsby
  • Prismic.io
  • MaterialUI

Ecommerce/Buyflow

Ecommerce flow that steamlines the purchase process of Gloo's applications.

Made at: Gloo (private repository)

  • Next.js
  • React
  • Redux
  • ApolloGQL
  • Nextmail
  • MaterialUI

Natural Habitat Adventures

Company marketing website that features detailed descriptions of Nat Hab's 100+ adventure trips.

Made at: Natural Habitat Adventures (private repository)

  • JQuery
  • VanillaJS
  • Sass
  • HTML
  • CMS

Hike On

Single page application that consumes user location data, plugs it into Google Maps API and REI's Hiking Project API and returns a list of trails near them. Also includes optional difficulty and length paramaters as well as weather data at the trailhead.

Personal Project

  • React
  • Node.js
  • MongoDB

Mario Maze

Javascript game inspired by an intersection old school Mario games and Pacman. Run around, collect coins, avoid ghosts and see if you can save Princess Peach from Bowser's lair!

Personal Project

  • VanillaJS
  • jQuery
  • HTML

Porfolio v1

My first attempt at a portfolio site, whipped together during the last week of my bootcamp at General Assembly circa June 2019.

Personal Project

  • Sass
  • jQuery
  • HTML
04. What's Next?

Get in Touch

Although I'm not currently looking for work, I'm always happy to chat and entertain exciting opportunties. If you want to start a conversation, please shoot me an email or connect with me on LinkedIn and we can grab a coffee (virtually or in person).

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