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Sean McCambridge adventuring in his CLC Eastport Pram

I am a creative front-end developer

I’m a front-end developer at Moovila in beautiful Charleston, SC. I spend most of my work day building React applications. I primarily work in React, Node, HTML/CSS, and vanilla JavaScript. I think in design just as much as code, and I find a way to keep a balance between design and development — even it that's just working on some art or design projects on the side.


I like to collaborate

I like working with good people. I've designed and built many sites alone from start to finish. But it's only so much fun to be a one-man band. There's nothing better than riffing ideas around a team you love to work with and sharing the honor of a job well done.

I'm interested in possibilities. Great work starts with curiosity and an open mind. Anyone can copy what's been done. It's the close-knit team that breaks through the established boundaries into new territory.   Let's talk new territory »

  • Subaru BRZ 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show website

    Subaru was about to unveil their BRZ concept at the L.A. Auto Show in 2011. It was Subaru's first two-wheel-drive car — and it was fast! Under a tight deadline, Sean led the development effort and collaborated remotely with a designer in California. Inspired by The Art of Flight snowboarding website, we designed and built an award-winning two-dimensional parallax scroller that zooms the user over a stark, racy background image with copy and beautiful shots of the BRZ concept sliding across the page to provide a real sense of smooth, tight-handling speed.
     
    View the Subaru BRZ microsite (archived) »

  • Case IH Be Ready blog

    Back in my Agency.com/Designory days, the Case IH team wanted to kill two birds with one stone: social engagement and SEO. Their solution was to give Case IH a platform to publish blog posts without the pain of enterprise CMS platforms. While the Case IH website is built within the rigid confines of SharePoint, I created a custom WordPress theme for their Be Ready blog incorporating responsive design. The open-source blogging platform has been serving posts related to the sustainability and future concerns of the agriculture industry since early 2011.
     
    Check out the Case IH Be Ready blog »

  • Designory website

    While an employee at Designory, I was tasked as the tech lead on the Designory site redesign. Previously, Designory showcased a Flash site and suffered from a lack of visibility in search engines and non-Flash devices. Collaborating with the creative team, I built a boundary-pushing, award-winning site incorporating both responsive design and an extremely fluid and scalable layout, similar to my current website (which benefits from heavier use of CSS and less reliance on JavaScript).
     
    this website is no longer live

  • Propeller Aerial website

    Propeller Aerial is a drone photography company based in Charleston and Bar Harbor, ME. Since great photography has its own impact, the design for this site had to be clean and stay out of the way. The downward shot of a rowboat on the water and a simple 'Fresh Perspective' headline sets an immersive tone.
     
    View Propeller's website »

  • jQuery Tubular plugin

    Tubular is a jQuery plugin that injects a YouTube video into a web page as a full-screen, resizable background with just a few lines of code. Job-hunting in Chicago in 2010, I noticed a trend of agencies using full-screen video backgrounds on their sites. Tubular seemed like a straightforward idea that could help designers and novice developers achieve the same effect. Originally hesitant and wondering what kind of plague I might be releasing upon the web-design world, I'm happy to report that the Internets still have not been broken as a result of my plugin.
     
    Check out Tubular, an adventurous jQuery plugin »

  • Boats I Like website

    Traditional boats have been a part of my life since middle school when I first visited my brother, then a schooner captain in Maine. The two of us built several boats together. We still share a passion for boats and the sea. Recently, I made a habit of finding interesting boats for sale on the web and emailing links to my brother. Finally, I realized it would make sense to record my findings in a WordPress blog to share with other potential boat lovers. BoatsILike.com is built using responsive design and the ‘Pinterest-style’ jQuery Masonry plugin.
     
    See some of the boats I like »

A taste of my recent work

Sean
likes
taking
photos

Photography — true to the word's root — really is writing with light. A wink of a shutter flashes light through a tiny hole onto film or digital CCD leaving a photograph, a light-stamped imprint of a moment in time. How cool is that?
 
My to-do list includes a better way of showing off my favorite photos. I have too many hidden away on hard drives. For instance, I traveled through the Mojave desert in November, 2015. The desert makes any old photographer look like a pro. I'll post some photos here soon. Until then, check out my Instagram profile.

 
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There are blogs, damned blogs and bloggy blogs.

Don’t let the bad distract you from the absence of good

When things aren’t going well, it’s easy to look at your situation and see what’s clearly wrong. You feel repulsed by what you’re dealing with. You want to get away from it. This could be true of your company, the actual work you’re doing, your significant other, your friends, your hobbies and activities, or even time you’re giving to a good cause. At the same time, you might find yourself in a situation where you...

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Maintainability is everything

In 2013, I had a cool idea. Anyway, it was a cool idea for 2013. I tested the idea on my personal website, the site that has now become my About Page. I found a way to scale web pages so everything kind of scaled proportionally: fonts, widths, images, etc. The webpage behaved sort of like a poster. It worked for the most part. Everything was set in ems and fed off of a master...

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My new project Grub Globe, playing with MapBox.js

In my downtime, I enjoy learning, scheming and tinkering. Even though MapBox wasn’t even on my list of things to look at, a couple of tangents later I was looking at a full-screen map in Jekyll. A name, a domain and a day of coding later: Grub Globe. Two weeks ago, I moved home to Charleston, SC, a great food city. I had been visiting a lot over the past year or so and had...

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