My name is Matt Curtis, and by day I am a mild-mannered web developer.
I've been developing for the web since it became a thing, working on projects small and large. This includes experiences tailored to a small group of users, or a commerce site with millions of monthly visitors.
If you're reading this, you may be considering hiring me. Please peruse this page to learn why that would be a fantastic idea.
Wow, that's a lot of alphabet soup up there. How about I describe some of the recent things I've worked on?
A project of Nolan Bushnell, BrainRush is a platform for creating and playing educational games that utilize fast-paced learning techniques. I was hired on from the beginning to build out the product and HTML5 games. Backend: Symfony2, Apache, MySQL, MongoDB. Frontend: Backbone.js, Underscore.js, jQuery, LESS.
ITNinja is a project conceived by the staff at Kace, now a division of Dell Software. ITNinja is a community for IT administrators to trade information, links, and software. I was the second developer hired on to the team, to create the product from scratch. Backend: Symfony2, Apache, MySQL, Redis, Node.js. Frontend: jQuery, HTML5.
As a part of my independent consulting stint, I was hired to implement the redesign of the Smithsonian Institution site. This included the homepage, exhibitions database, collections gallery, calendar (Trumba) integration and analytics. Also, the ability for non-technical employees to update the site using Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express in a WYSIWYG format. Backend: ASP.NET MVC2, SQL Server 2008 r2. Frontend: XHTML, jQuery.
"Matt is by far the most capable programmer I have ever worked with. He is one of the few developers I've worked with who gets it right the first time. He is incredibly bright and talented, and is a real team player. If I could steal just 1 employee from this company and start my own business, it would be Matt." Ryan Currington, co-worker, January 29, 2009
Bachelor of Science, Integrated Science and Technology
Minor in Computer Science
I enjoy new experiences and meeting new people. I've always secretly admired those who pick one passion and pursue it in perpetuity; alas, I am not one of those people. I seek new experiences and avoid getting into a rut at all costs.
Some of my favorite things to do include golf, hiking with my dogs, brewing beer, kickball, cooking (sometimes poorly), and karaoke (usually very poorly). I'm also a cast member of Over The Counter Improv. Get your tickets early, our shows sell out!
So as not to lose my geek card, I am an avid Simpsons fan (encyclopedic knowledge spans seasons 1 through 10), electronics tinkerer, science/cosmology reader, and I love to play those video games all the kids are talking about.
The images on the background of this site are my own, taken in my travels†. I've been fortunate enough in the past few years to go to some interesting places in the world, and hope to travel more as time goes on.
†Except that one of the computer. I didn't travel for that one; that's just where I do my work.
So, you would like to get in touch with me. That's great!