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Velimir Karas

Velimir Karas

UX Designer / Front-end developer

Name:Velimir Karas
Date of birth:August 7, 1985
Address:Zagreb, Croatia
Skype:velixxx1
Born in the U.S.A. Actually... not. That was just a name of the Bruce Springsteen album published in 1984. My birth came one year later in 1985. in Zagreb, Croatia. My friends say that I'm a cheerful person who likes to be in step with newest technology. When work needs to be done, I can sit in front of my computer til the wee hours of the morning geek.

Interest in computers came when I was 9 years old. My first interest came with IBM 5150 when I discovered DOS. First contact with web development (Microsoft Office FrontPage) dates back to the 2003. Learning the HTML, CSS, SQL, MySQL, Javascript, basics of PHP and handling CMSes like Drupal and Wordpress were necessary to get along with more interesting things in a web world. I've built various type of websites; mostly "from the scratch" always having in my mind few questions... How will others like this website/work? What to do to make it better? How to accomplish certain goal? If you think that everything went smoothly, you couldn't be more wrong. As a matter of fact I always learned something in a harder way using trial and error method.

I've realized that understanding web development is a small part in building successful project. Psychology of colors and its influence on human perception, marketing impact, positioning of a content, visual effects, placement of ads and many more factors are important pieces to build a puzzle called successful project. All those pieces plus "a final touch" that makes your perfectionism perfectly insane part of creativity makes you the UX developer. Understanding of search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM - Adsense, Analytics, Adwords etc.) and social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) is just icing on the cake.

Every new project represents a new challenge to me. Learning the hard way makes me more stronger and confident in my job. It gives me courage to handle the most stressful situations with ease. And above all, I'll never give up!

Employment

June 2005 - present

Web developer & digital marketing specialist

On request
  • Programming, fixing and debugging on the web - HTML, MySQL, Javascript, PHP
  • Create & modify CMS templates (Wordpress, Joomla)
  • Modifying wordpress plugins
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO) work
  • Marketing activities on the website - analyzing (Analytics, WM tools)
  • Organic promotion of the websites and promotion using Google Adwords
September 2009 - September 2011

Teaching assistant (TA)

Department of demography
  • Demographics
  • Statistics (worked in SPSS)
  • Economic sociology
January 2011 - present

Senior Development Manager

Association AmoReVera
  • Association website developer - amorevera.org
  • Co-founder of first augmentative and alternative speaker on native (croatian) language - aachr.com and govornik.com (project JA-KOM)
  • Presentation of a project JA-KOM on conference "ICT sustavi za osobe sa složenim komunikacijskim potrebama" within a program "Zajedno" of University Development Fund in Zagreb - organized by ICT-AAC
  • KES-AMSTA 25-27.June 2012. Dubrovnik, Hrvatska - participation with project JA-KOM - http://amsta-12.kesinternational.org
January 2013 - January 2014

Senior Associate for planning and reports - Trainee

Major's Office - public procurement

Education

June 2005 - present

Web development skills

  • HTML + XHTML and HTML5 ( + jQuery)
  • CSS 2 + CSS 3
  • Offsite and onsite search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Search engine marketing (SEM)
  • SQL and MySQL
  • PHP and Javascript
  • Web development (CMS implementation - Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla)
  • Basics of web design (GIMP), Adobe Photoshop CS editions
  • Social networking (FBML)
  • Google tools: Adsense, Analytics, AdWords, Webmaster tools...
  • Introducing with SDK tools - developing mobile apps
October 2006 - September 2008

Bachelor's degree

Major in accounting
  • Qualified for practical attention and maintaining accounting and financial businesses in shopping companies and other organizations
  • Acquired skills to prepare and implement a business plan, bookkeeping with the calculation of the production and preparation of internal financial reports.
September 2010 - September 2012

Master's degree

Major in ICT
  • Qualified to perform a series of tasks related to the resolution and the introduction of modern ways of employing information and communication technology (ICT) in business:
    • Business computer technician
    • Designer in business IT solutions
    • IT
    • Manager ICT sector enterprises
    • Information manager
PHP

PHP

Programming skills
SEO

SEO

Marketing skills
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