I am Ken Hawkins.
These are my descriptors:
Builder of websites, project planner, newspaper nerd, information architect, lover of UX, consultant. Information structure is my thing.
These are my tools:
Photoshop, Illustrator, Drupal, Drush, PHP, SCSS/CSS, Responsive Design, jQuery, GitHub, MapBox, Excel, Modo, OmniGraffle, SketchUp, Brackets, Sublime Text, graphing libraries.
Info & Web Architect
Hands on creator: The modern Web stack from server to front end is my friend, but my real love is in using that toolset to create contextually appropriate web presences for all manner of devices, be they experience-exposing event sites, product-driven e-commerce sites, or taxonomy-minded publications.
Coordinator, planner: I'm the lead for a Drupal-powered platform with team members in the U.S., Germany and Asia, supporting more than 150,000 e-commerce users, I've also created a wiki-like collaborative hyperlocal news website network, and much more.
Thinker: I offer a strong conceptual background from years crafting deadline-driven data-heavy infographics for daily newspapers and working with all manner of clients.
I like photography, podcasting, sharing and discussing ideas, traveling, history, beer, and juicy burgers; I often enjoy these in Stuttgart, Germany, where I've lived since 2011.
Or if you're in Stuttgart, let's grab a beer.
Here are a few clippings
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Raising charity dollars, the annual Stuttgart Tweed Run focuses on making a great old-fashioned time. This website conveys that experience through large visuals and putts the ability to read, watch, and sign-up on the same page.
Concept creator, team lead, and front-end implementation for Localing, a location based language networking phone app built in two days for the Stuttgart Hackathon. "Most Innovative Mobile App" award winner.
The English Tearoom in Stuttgart needed to add a bilingual German-English e-commerce solution to their existing Drupal 6 website. I worked with them to get them there, including a refactoring of their information design and custom code to bridge Germany's multi-tiered taxation rules.
The only way to connect with and discover the best in local reporting and features along the South Carolina coast, TheDigitel is a rethink of how readers engage with content across a multitude of sources.
Measuring only 10 square inches, this graphic both teased a story on cargo scanning and freed the writer from having to explain a technical process in his reporting.