The Resume of Arley McBlain

I'm Arley McBlain. I'm a designer, developer, & dreamer. A more traditional style one-page resume is available as a PDF here.

I've been extremely fortunate in my career: I've had the opportunity to work on a great SaaS product at Carpages.ca, and in the agency-world with great clients of all sizes, including some highly recognizable national and international brands like BlackBerry, Tim Hortons, Suncor, Petro Canada, Pet Valu, Manulife, and many others. I've had the opportunity to work in many sectors, and on projects of every scale. I've taken sites from concept to launch, collaborating effectively while focussing my attention in particular on problem solving. I've worked solo, as a part of a team, and even worked with multiple agencies at once.

For the last year I have been working in full-time ministry at Crossroads, where in addition to creative work on the web I have been taking part in a wide range of R&D work for teams ranging from video production to the 24/7 Prayer Lines.

I've played many roles in many projects. My favourite role is on the front-end, in UX design; where I combine my background in design with my love of code to create truly creative and detail-oriented pieces.

I am a highly motivated, curious, initiative-taking problem solver, and I want to spend the rest of my career innovating the web to help people.

Overview & Personal

  1. I love creative problem solving.
  2. While my forté is in graphic design and front-end UI design and development, I have taken part in every step of web creation. I have jack-of-all-tradesy experience in strategy, UX, design, development, QA, accessibility.
  3. I've spoken at a number of conferences on topics ranging from WordPress, scalable object oriented Sass frameworks, SEO, accessibility, and taught the basics of CSS for layouts
  4. I am currently the Acting Director of the Growth team at Crossroads where I lead a team developing technical solutions for multiple internal departments.
  5. I was formerly a front-end development lead at Carpages.ca, where I led the team developing websites for hundreds of dealer clients
  6. I am fueled by a passion to learn, experiment, and create unique and polished browser experiences
  7. For fun I speed-listen to books/podcasts, speed-watch videos, customize mechanical keyboards, and optimize automation tooling to make life more efficient
  8. When I'm not online I'm with my amazing wife, and two children in Burlington, Ontario Canada. They're my favourite nouns in the whole world

Work History

  • 2018-Present - Senior Technical Manager of the Growth Team at Crossroads

    I have spent the last year on the research & development team at Crossroads implementing various technical solutions to support other internal teams, and building websites in Webflow. This role requires a lot of leadership, emotional intelligence, and collaboration. Currently I am the Acting Director of the Growth Team.

  • 2014–2019 - Lead Front-End developer / Team Lead for dealership websites at Carpages.ca

    Crafted a new responsive platform for dealerships. Followed industry best-practices with a focus on optimization for scale, modularity, accessibility/search engine optimization, efficiency and process. Trained and led a team, grew the network from zero to hundreds of websites.

  • 2010–2014 - Designer then Lead front-end developer at Thrillworks Inc.

    Award-winning work for Fortune 500 companies. Led team in introduction to web standards, documentation, and responsive web design. During this period I also focused on writing for popular web journals like CSS Tricks.

  • 2006–2010 - Contractor/Freelancer and sole proprieter of Debut Creative

    Sole proprietor of Debut Creative in Kincardine Ontario. In addition to personal clients I was on contract with two marketing agencies located in North Bay Ontario (Clark Communications, Ben Farella Group)

  • 2005–2006 - New Media Developer at Benjamin James Marketing Communications

    Ah the early days of web. Built a lot of Flash and table-based layout websites.

  • 2003–2005 - In House designer at a UPS Store

    Print design, and web development, and a lot of knowledge about the complexities of international shipping!

  • 2000–2003 - Student at Canadore College

    Honours student, and employed as lab monitor/tutor, began freelancing. GPA 3.99

The Work

Over the years I have done a lot of work with various teams and clients: web development, graphic design, written articles and documentation. I would love the opportunity to present this in person. Email me at [email protected].

Testimonials

Don't just take my word for it. Here are some testimonials from people I've learned with, grown with, worked with, and worked for.

Arley has been a wonderful servant of Christ in multiple ways in our church. In addition to leading a life group, Arley for years now has provided countless hours of web services to keep our church website up to date. In 2014 Arley and I served together on a short Term mission trip to Romania where the Lord lit a fire in Arley to reach the ends of the earth with the good news of Jesus Christ. Most recently I invited Arley to participate in a 8 session think tank to advise our church on Global and Local missions. This resulted in 23 recommendations to help our church fine-tune missions strategy to be more effective. All that to say, Arley is a trusted leader in our church and faithful friend and co-labourer in the gospel. He will be a huge benefit and blessing to any team!
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Tim Hamer, Director of Missions & Compassion

Since our first contact – initiated by Arley – I have sincerely enjoyed collaborating together. His technical ability is matched by his personal affability and his commitment to generating the right result for the context of each project he takes on. The only challenge is that he is in so much demand, one feels one is competing with too many other suitors for his time and talent!  It is always a positive outcome when work gets done to a good standard, as has been the case with Arley. But it is a truly positive experience when there is also genuine personal connection, which seems to normally be the case with Arley, and to which I can personally testify.
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Jason Mandryk Editor, Co-Director

Arley's innovation, cheerful and uncommonly keen ability to solve a problem made him a great Lead for our teams.  Kind, insightful, persistent, even after I left my job, I wanted to call Arley for problem-solving.
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Lorna Dueck / Former CEO

Arley has been involved in designing the Unreached of the Day mobile app and website. He is exceptionally creative and a very gifted designer. Arley has an eye for layout, colors, functionality and usability. He is a great team player as demonstrated by his effective coordination with the Joshua Project team and a third party web and mobile app developer. Arley also has excellent communication skills. In addition to his talent and skills, Arley has outstanding character. He is generous, gracious and timely in his manner and work. He has a great burden for those that have never heard the good news of what Christ has done for them. His zeal and eagerness to use his skills for the advancement of the Kingdom of God is contagious.
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Dan Scribner, President

Arley is a great front end developer. He's also a good writer and designer full of creative ideas and a heck of a sense of humor, which makes him a guy you want to have around.

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Chris Coyier, web craftsman, blogger, author, speaker