Brian Gottier • Professional Web Designer • Temecula, California

About Me

I've always been an artist. I started drawing when I was about 8. I received a pretty nice collection of art supplies for Christmas, and liked copying cartoons and drawing pictures of my toys. Later I started drawing with Rapidograph pens. These are the type of pens that you fill with ink and clean at the end of the day. I'd use these on bristol, and while I would design some things in color, most of my art was black and white.

In high school I found that I really enjoyed ceramics. I was never very good using a pottery wheel, but loved building with clay, carving designs into the clay, and wondering if what I was making would survive the kiln. In college I took more ceramics classes, but since the ciriculum was focused on the wheel, I decided ceramics wasn't for me.

I took other art classes in college. Not really because I thought I'd be a professional artist one day, but because I just didn't really know what I wanted to do. I enjoyed doing scratch art, and was able to do a lot of work with my beloved colored pencils. One of my scratch pieces was selected to be in my college's art show. I felt like I could draw anything, and for me that was a problem. I was bored with art. There was no challenge.

Fast forward to 2017, and here I am being an artist again. This time it's digital art. My canvas is a computer screen, and my colored pencils are replaced with Photoshop and Illustrator. I write code to display my ideas. I communicate digitally.

The world of web design and development is so dynamic, there's always something to learn, and a new challenge to face. It's perfect for me.

My Web Design & Development Related Skills

  • HTML and XHTML
    • WYSIWYG since 2001
    • Hand coding since 2005
  • CSS
    • WYSIWYG since 2002
    • Hand coding since 2005
    • Sass since 2014
  • PHP since 2006
    • Custom procedural code & OOP applications
    • Modern PHP framework experience
      • Laravel since v2
      • CodeIgniter since v1.7.0
      • Slim since 2012
      • Proprietary (Brain)
    • Modern PHP applications
      • Wordpress since v1
        • Custom theme design
        • Custom widgets
        • Custom plugins
        • User training
  • MySQL since 2006
    • Schema design
    • Database normalization
    • Optimization
    • Automated backups
  • JavaScript since 2009
    • jQuery and jQuery UI
    • Plain vanilla Javascript
  • Linux server administration since 2009
    • Ubuntu
    • CentOS
    • LAMP install and management
    • Postfix
    • Dovecot
    • AutoSSH
  • SQLite since 2012
  • Native Android apps since 2016
    • Android Studio
    • Java
  • OS familiarity
    • Windows since 3.1
    • Linux since 2009
    • Mac since 2010
  • Photoshop since CS era
  • Illustrator since CS era
  • Modern workflow
    • Git
    • Composer
    • Sass
    • Grunt
    • Gulp

Formal Education

  • San Pasqual High School
    3300 Bear Valley Parkway
    Escondido, CA 92025
    Graduated with diploma, June 1990
  • Palomar College
    1140 West Mission Road
    San Marcos, CA 92069
    AA General Education, August 2000