Kris Ellery

UI Engineer 👨🏻‍💻 and UX Designer 👨🏻‍🎨 with proclivity for elegant solutions and aesthetics.

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Multidisciplinary professional with over 13 years of experience in design, development, and implementation of websites and web applications.

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Interim Tech-Lead / Senior UX Engineer at Zillow

Remote (May 2021 - Present)

As the most-visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow offers customers an on-demand experience for selling, buying, renting and financing with transparency and nearly seamless end-to-end service.

Kris is the interim tech-lead and a senior UX engineer on the Constellation design system team. In hist first year at Zillow, he has maintained and developed various components using React and Styled Components. He also realigned design system infrastructure, including build tools, CI/CD in GitLab, and Slack integrations.

Senior JavaScript Engineer at Cofense

Remote (Sep 2017 - May 2021)

Cofense empowers people to recognize phishing attacks and stop them in minutes, not days. Their end-to-end phishing defense solution combines cutting-edge technology with collective human intelligence to protect your organization from inbox to SOC.

Kris was the lead engineer on PhishMe and ThreatHQ products; single-page Jamstack applications built with Vue.js and TypeScript. He also oversaw an internal Design System, which consisted of over 60 handcrafted components, packaged with Rollup.js, and deployed to a private NPM registry in Artifactory.

Senior Interactive Developer at Hawkeye

Charlotte, NC and Dallas, TX (Nov 2013 - Aug 2017)

Hawkeye is an advertising agency specializing in extraordinary ideas by leveraging data, creativity, and technology. Owned by Publicis Groupe and Epsilon, Hawkeye delivers top-notch solutions for domestic and international brands.

Kris was one of the senior interactive developers focusing on high-performance and data-driven web development. He won the 2014 and 2015 WebAwards for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development. In his last year at Hawkeye, Kris was the lead UI engineer on the Magnolia CXM, an internal suite of business applications built with Ember.js, Ember Data, and Ember Engines.

Contractor at Elm Street Tattoo

Dallas, TX (Spring 2017)

Elm Street Tattoo has been serving up tattoos by appointment and walk-in for over 20 years in the historic entertainment district of Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX.

Kris designed and developed a custom website powered by WordPress and ACF. He used a variety of techniques, like lazy-loading assets on demand, to achieve a quick and efficient experience.

Web Designer & Developer at Red Ventures

Fort Mill, SC (Apr 2013 - Nov 2013)

Red Ventures is a portfolio of brands and digital platforms that improves every aspect of the consumer journey, helping people make better decisions while unleashing transformative growth for their businesses and partners.

Kris designed and helped to develop several internal R&D products, including Articulate, ShadowBoard, and Tagular. He also designed and developed various websites and A/B split tests for Insurance and Energy business clusters. Additionally, his hackathon project, an interactive map for HBO's Game of Thrones, was featured in one of the Time articles.

"Kris continually delivers projects in a timely fashion that meet or exceed set requirements. It is well known that he produce some of the best front-end code within the organization. He is willing and open to using new technologies or developing new techniques for pushing innovation in our projects. Kris uses his knowledge of UI design approaches and techniques to ensure our projects are both beautiful visually, but make logical sense from a user interface and flow perspective."

John Sutton Sr. Vice President for Digital Strategy at Red Ventures

Information Technologist at Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI (May 2009 - Apr 2013)

University Advancement supports Michigan State University in terms of money and advocacy by delivering an integrated program of communications, marketing, and engagement.

Kris designed and developed a variety of websites and web applications for students, donors, and alumni of MSU. He utilized his knowledge in jQuery, ColdFusion, MSSQL, and to engineer scalable solutions, like the Online Giving and Event Registration. Additionally, his work was featured in University Business articles and recognized at CASE conference for higher education.

"Kris has made exceptional contributions toward leading our design and UI development on all our public facing websites. I admire his tenacity and "let's get it done" type of attitude."

Randy Brown Director of Web Services at Michigan State University