Download Tara Cleveland's CV as a PDF document.
- Flexible, adaptable and intelligent - 'If I don't already know it I can find out!'
- A strong aptitude for usability, interface design and information architecture
- Possesses many years of experience in user-centred web design and development
- Has a solid understanding of the entire web development lifecycle
Freelance and Contract Web Site Design
- Developed online marketing and communications strategies for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
- Designed and developed sites, print, and marketing materials for local and multi-national companies.
- Implemented cheap and cheerful usability testing schemes for small businesses and organisations to improve site design.
- Adapted responsive WordPress templates to match the design of client sites.
Lead Front-End Web Developer — Project Spot Portal Team — IBM and BSkyB (full time contract)
- Designed and built front-end of the site within the look and feel of the brand.
- Ensured front-end of the site met accessibility, usability, standards and coding guidelines.
- Initiated team-wide security audit.
Webmaster — Trinity College at the University of Toronto (part-time contract)
- Managed the process of redesigning the site to meet the needs of numerous stakeholders from different departments in the college.
- Liaised between the college staff & faculty and system administrators & programmers.
- Proposed and implemented substantive design and usability improvements.
- Directed and implemented migration from outdated CMS to a new system - ensuring standards compliance throughout.
- Consulted with the college regarding their long-term security, branding and fundraising requirements as well as staff and faculty capacities for a future CMS.
Senior Designer — TiCorp Interactive
Web Developer/Designer — Aquent
New Media Director — Tone Interactive
Web Designer/Developer — On2logic New Media
Freelance Multimedia and Web Site Design
Software and CMS
WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Photoshop, ImageReady, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, and many more.
Macintosh, Windows, some familiarity with UNIX, iOS, Android.
2013 Open University — Msc Development Management
1996-2000 University of Toronto
1996 International Academy of Design — College Diploma in Computer Graphics
1994 University of King’s College — Foundation Year Programme
Royal Park Community Consortium
(2009-2011) - Financial director, board member
(2009) - Member and interim meeting organizer
(2000-2008) - Steering committee member and organizer of TOevolt 2004 conference
Making A Commercial Case for Adopting Web Standards (MACCAWS) (2002-2004)
(2002-2004) - Co-founder & steering committee member
(1997) - Assistant Meeting Coordinator
References are available upon request.