Hi! My name is Mel. I like to design and build cool things. I'm a designer and developer at IDEO who frequently contributes to open source projects and hackathons.

I use a three step repeating process to go from nothing to something: understanding, designing and building. Understanding - taking a problem and trying to define where an opportunity might lie. Designing - capturing the opportunity in tangible form, whether it be a digital product, an experience, or behavior change. Building - transforming the low fidelity idea into something that is testable. After building a prototype the process begins again. The built system, product, platform, whatever, is tested in its original context so that a new understanding can be derived.

Work

devShare

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DevShare is a real-time in-browser code collaboration platform. See what folders and files your friends are in and work on them in real-time. more

Built with React, Redux, Node all on an AWS infrastructure. Uses Firebase for the realtime file binding.

What Works

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The What Works Initiative is a program to analyze and impove city government processes so that cities can more effectively deliver upon their civic goals. more

Worked to develop branding through web presence and city invitations. The site uses packery for the tile layout and is completely responsive.

Open Brain

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Open Brain is an open source initiative that extends the capabilities of OpenBCI or other EEG devices. more

It takes a serial stream from the hardware and converts it to socket, UDP, or OSC stream. The next phase of the build will persist the stream to InfluxDB and allow users to annotate and share their brain data.

Snap Sell

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Snap Sell is a concept and working prototype for an online store front. more

The frontend is built with Famo.us, features a Stripe integration, and the persistence layer is built on Firebase with anonymous login.

Kyper

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Kyper is a CMS for small business. A user picks a theme and enters information about their business to produce a fully functioning site. more

The platform is built on the MEAN stack and deployed on Heroku with a MongoHQ DB. Worker dynos are used to deploy the user sites on a seperate Heroku instance.

Tools

Frontend

  • Angular
  • React
  • GSAP
  • D3
  • Snap.svg
  • Sass
  • Famo.us

Languages

  • Javascript
  • Java
  • Python
  • Golang
  • Swift

Persistence

  • Firebase
  • Parse
  • CouchDB
  • MongoDB
  • Redis
  • InfluxDB
  • Neo4j

Workflow

  • Gulp
  • Grunt
  • Yeoman

Mobile

  • Native iOS
  • React Native
  • Ionic
  • Cordova
melvanlonden@gmail.com