Who is this guy?

My name is Harrison Bolin, and I'm a web developer and IT professional with over 4 years of experience. If you need someone who can work with designers, copywriters, and others to create a beautiful web experience, I'm your man.

I haven't always freelanced. Two years in the corporate IT sector taught me how to collaborate with clients and develop in a team. Writing over 200 articles about technology and gaming has given me an eye for effective web communication.

I live in wonderful Boulder, Colorado, am fascinated by our night sky, and consider myself an herbal tea connoisseur.

What is he good at?

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • C++
  • Lua
  • Javascript
  • Wordpress
  • jQuery
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Affinity Photo/Designer
  • FL Studio
  • SEO
  • Arduino
  • Pico-8
  • Rhino 6
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • React
  • Github

Portfolio - Game Design and Development

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Magic Bookshop - Pico-8 Arcade Game - Spring 2020

Made for the May SDC Game Jam, Magic Bookshop is an arcade game where the player controls a magicians apprentice tasked with restocking the shelves of the bookshop before opening. Challenge is controlled by randomly moving colored bookshelves that corespond to a randomly colored book given to the player. Three different difficulties, high scores, fanciful magical surroundings, sound effects, menu screens, and an entire 16 note song!

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  • Pico-8
  • Lua

Pandemic Relief - Pico-8 Shoot-em-up - Spring 2020

As my final project for my "Tiny Games" class, a class focused on self-imposed restrictions while developing games to provoke creativity, I decided to create a shoot-em-up with the then emergent pandemic as the theme. Through building this game I stretched my coding ability to create dynamic enemies, projectiles, and multiple levels of difficulty as the game progressed. Built in Pico-8, all the code, graphics, and sound was created my me!

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  • Pico-8
  • Lua
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Movie Game - Zoom Party Game - Spring 2020

For our final project in my game design class, we were tasked with using what we had learned to create a game that could be played physically or remote. Going through an intense iterative process where my team of four rapidly tried and tested new concepts, we landed on a game that combined mechanics from popular party games like Taboo and Apples to Apples and featured movies as the theme. I built a React app to facilitiate the various functions of the game. If we were to keep expanding this, it would be great add networking and allow the app to lead the game instead of requiring a player to manage the game.

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  • CS3
  • HTML5
  • React
  • Github

Portfolio - Web Development

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TEEM - Creative Marketing Agency - Spring 2020

While working as the lead web developer for TEEM, it came time to refresh the website. I chose to migrate the site to a more flexible platform and base theme, Divi, in order to allow the company to quickly adjust their own site to update client lists, blog posts, and other pages. The biggest change was overhauling the portfolio pages, which I also designed to better convert and hold engagement. These changes led to better site conversions and tens of thousands of dollars worth of leads for TEEM!

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  • CS3
  • Wordpress
  • PHP
  • jQuery
  • Divi

Candy Factory - Highly Branded Co-working Site - Spring 2020

As the historic Baur's Candy Factory building in Denver was getting ready to launch a co-working space, they worked with TEEM Marketing where I led the development of this project. This site features a fully-custom Wordpress theme, custom interactive Google Maps, and a wonderfully quirky design. The main challenges with this site were keeping up with quickly changing client needs, and integrating several pieces of specialty software into the site.

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  • CS3
  • Wordpress
  • PHP
  • jQuery
  • Divi
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Apara Autism Center - Healthcare Website - Spring 2019

Apara is a brand new brand focused on families with children diagnosed with autism. They needed a site that was flexible for their growing business and accurately represented the brand. Created alongside brand coordinators and designers at TEEM Marketing, I crafted a custom Wordpress website that enabled them to launch with powerful customer acquisition tools. The site is mobile ready and SEO optimized.

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  • CS3
  • Wordpress
  • jQuery

APM Solutions - Medical Industry Website - Fall 2018

In collaboration with Teem Marketing, I created a custom theme for APM Solutions new website with the aim to promote their upcoming product launch. The site includes a fully dynamic and mobile capable layout, customer friendly sign-up forms, testimonial sliders, and feature spotlight. The entire site is fully editable by the client, making minor changes easy for them as they launch their new software. - Created Fall 2018

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  • CS3
  • Wordpress
  • PHP
  • Divi
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FayetteCross - Regional Cyclocross Competition - Summer 2018

Working with designer Zach Lee I crafted a new site for the FayetteCross cyclo cross race. The client wanted to use a theme to capitilize on exsisting design assets, and needed to make sure that the site would be able to change as the event went on. The site features multiple sliders, galleries, registration areas, and other race information.

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  • CS3
  • Wordpress
  • PHP
  • jQuery

CU Boulder ATLAS Digital Signage - Spring 2017

After digital signs in the building had lain dormant for months, I worked with the ATLAS Institute to design, develop, and help implement the current digital signage for the building. The new solution is a custom PHP web app that allows staff to manually add slides and pictures, and can fill in the rest with dynamic calendar events and Instagram photos.

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  • Bootstrap
  • PHP
  • jQuery
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International House - Non-profit site with custom CMS - Summer 2016

The International House was in need of a redesign and hosting for their website. Using a customized Bootstrap 4 theme and the October CMS, I created a platform for them to communicate with donors and volunteers. It was important that the project be mobile-ready, include new features like promo videos, slideshows, galleries, and a blog, all while still supporting everything from the old site.

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  • CS3
  • HTML5
  • Bootstrap
  • OctoberCMS
  • jQuery

Other work I've done: Wrote an article for Atlas Obscura, developed website for networking coach, published four books for an author client, made a bunch of games, and created a haptic metronome

Let's Get Started!

Video games inspire me, and one day I hope to be working in a full time position designing, writing, QA-ing, developing video games or creating content about games. If you have a project in the works or just want to chat about games, let me know! I currently work doing web development for TEEM Marketing in Denver, CO.

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Education

Associates of General Studies
Pikes Peak Community College - May 2017

Bachelors of Technology, Arts, and Media
University of CU Boulder - May 2021