Brian Carstensen

Chicago, IL

I'm a front end web developer with a background in design. I'm looking for a position crafting unique web experiences rooted in thoughtful interaction design and implemented with a focus on maintainability, accessibility, and performance.

I'm happiest working with JavaScript (including Node.js, a variety of libraries including React, Backbone, and jQuery, and transpilers like Babel and CoffeeScript), CSS (including responsive design techniques, BEM organization, and preprocessors like SASS, LESS, and Stylus), HTML (with an understanding of WAI-ARIA), SVG, and version control with Git and SVN.

I'd be pretty keen to get more experience working on the server side of things, especially using Python, Ruby, PHP, and PostgreSQL.


Zooniverse, University of Oxford

Oxford, UK

Zooniverse, Adler Planetarium

Chicago, IL

Zooniverse produces online citizen science projects that help scientists handle the mass of data they generate by distributing the task to non-professionals. I'm responsible for implementing the interfaces between the scientists, their data, and our 1,000,000+ volunteers. The challenge is to make something simple enough for the average user to figure out, but sophisticated enough to generate useful data for scientific analysis.

Our main project is a single-page app built with React which makes extensive use of SVG for image annotation. It talks to a Ruby on Rails back end over a JSON API, which I helped design.

I've been responsible for about a dozen of the custom projects listed at Most of our source is available at In addition to web front ends, I also build utilities to help with development and data processing in Node and Ruby.


Chicago, IL

At Vodori I was part of a group developing Pepper (, an enterprise content management system used primarily in the health care industry. I worked with a lot of JSP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (specifically with the Dojo Toolkit and TinyMCE rich text editor), developing new features while maintaining support for browsers as old as IE6.

I started there as a design and markup guy and transitioned into the first member of the dedicated front-end team. I also became something of the go-to guy for mobile web app development, whether browser-based or bound or for Apple's app store via PhoneGap.

Wagner/Donovan Design

Chicago, IL

As a designer at Wagner/Donovan, I handled design and production of various marketing materials, identities and branding, packaging, books, and sometimes even toys for a wide range of clients. Additionally, I built websites with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and some basic PHP and MySQL.

Columbia College

Chicago, IL

As a student work aid, I helped manage the Art and Design department’s in-school printing facilities (several laser printers and four Epson large-format inkjets) and helped students with the graphics lab’s software and hardware.


Columbia College

Chicago, IL

Graduated with a BFA in graphic design.