Lorraine Phillips

Developer • Designer • Publisher

Personal Profile

My mini summary

Lorraine Phillips Signature

Because we are all works in progress, this website will also be a work in progress, presenting different interests and passions that arise along my journey on this wonderful thing we call life. The site is meant to be informative, maybe even slightly engaging, and most definitely fun. It may even stop you from having to carry out a full background check, so hey, I'd say that's a win-win for both of us right there, don't you think? And if you ever bump into me, either in person or in cyberspace, I hope my mini-summary helps you feel like you already know me. Thanks for stopping by.

To sum it all up, I am a creative information technology professional with over fourteen years’ experience designing, developing and publishing print, internet and digital projects. I originally taught myself to code in BASIC on the Sinclair ZX81, which was one of the first home computers ever made available to the public. After completing university, I was immediately hired as a programmer and have since held senior positions for respected companies such as WebMD, AT&T and Accenture.

Over my career I have published several books covering topics from personal motivation to publishing, branding, social media marketing and tips for using various web technologies. As an author I have received several awards where my books have been recognized and honored for exhibiting superior levels of creativity, originality, as well as high standards of design and production quality.

Combining my love for computers, front-end web development and design, I currently work as a freelance user experience designer.


What I have done in my academic career

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Jackson State University

Major - Business Administration
GPA 3.9 - Graduated with honors

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Jackson State University

Major - Computer Science
GPA 3.0 - Graduated with honors

Associate of Arts (AA)

Bauder College

Major - Graphic Design
GPA 4.0 - Graduated with honors and elected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges” for outstanding merit and accomplishments.


My most recent training courses

Makers Academy

Web Development Program (November 2013)

Intensive web development program that covers object-oriented programming principles and design (OOP); agile development techniques; test driven development (TDD); languages: Ruby, HTML5, CSS3, Twitter Bootstrap, JavaScript and jQuery; frameworks: Ruby on Rails; database technologies PostgreSQL; version control with Git and GitHub; and web application deployment with Heroku.


Certification Course: User Experience - The Ultimate Guide to Usability and UX (April 2015)

Course that covers the full design life cycle with subjects on how to understand your users and their goals, how to design great looking websites that are easy to navigate, the tools and steps necessary to create web prototypes and how to usability test designs.


Certification Course: Design for Engagement - How to Design So People Take Action (May 2015 to Present)

Course that teaches everything you need to know about people, how they think, decide, remember, and the things that motivate them. Learned how to apply psychology rules to the design of websites, apps, and products so they are engaging and encourage users to take desired actions.

Technical Skills

My favorite tools and languages






Balsamiq Mockups

Web Development

Some of my projects

I specialize in front-end web development and design but am also familiar with numerous backend technologies. I like to think I write clean, maintainable, DRY code and primarily use HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX and JSON.

My GitHub account: For those that don't know, GitHub is basically a social network for developers (okay, geeks) that functions as a code repository that allows us to track the changes to our code as well as easily collaborate with other developers (so they say). In my account you will find various code snippets as well as websites and applications I have either built or collaborated on.

LuckyCarmz Music: Fully responsive web design hand-built from scratch using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery.

MoveMe App: Fully responsive website built using Bootstrap 3. The site utilizes Bootstrap’s grid system (containers, nested columns, offsets etc.), form features, nav bar features, dropdowns, buttons, toggable tabs, modals, tooltips, the accordion, carousel, thumbnails, glyphicons as well the customization of various options such as color and typography.

360 Life: Project to move a popular paper-based "wheel of life" tool as used by life coaches and motivational trainers to a digitized version that is dynamically generated from answering an online questionnaire. Technologies used included Rails 4.0, Ruby 2.0, JavaScript, D3.js (data-driven documents), jQuery, Ajax, JSON, Postgres database, HTML5, CSS3, Devise (for user login and authentication), Photoshop and Illustrator. In addition, RSpec, Capybara and Shoulda were used for creating feature, model and database tests.


Here are some of my print designs along with a piece of my artwork. I have a passion for clean, clear, contemporary, effective designs.


Books I have written (and in case you're wondering I was former publisher of SisterPower Magazine)


Let me know how I can assist. I look forward to hearing from you.

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