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Interactive Résumé of Lenny Burdette


Lenny Burdette
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Current Employment


July 2007 — January 2011

Senior Software Developer
Client-side Web Development, Rapid Prototyping, iOS Development

In my tenure at Schematic, I’ve moved from being strictly an HTML/CSS/JavaScript developer to a multi-discipline software engineer, platform leader, architect, and client-facing technical representative. I work well with user experience and visual designers, helping to craft robust, reliable solutions for a wide variety of clients in e-commerce, marketing, entertainment, education, and product industries.

In my client-side work, I strive to balance the many modern web concerns: semantic, search-engine friendly markup; well-organized, scalable CSS; JavaScript widgets and applications in and out of the browser; overall and perceived load time and performance; and accessibility and screen reader testing, including WAI-ARIA support.

I learn new technologies quickly and love to build fast prototypes in order to validate and communicate ideas. At Schematic I’ve been tasked to learn technologies such as Silverlight and OpenGL during project development. I also assist in business development by building quick prototypes and web-based pitch documents.

Example Projects

Published Works

The JavaScript Pocket Guide

Peachpit Press, 2010

312 pages of JavaScript references and tutorials in a small format book, written and published in the first few months of 2010. Available at

See also the Web Design Pocket Guide Boxed Set, which includes HTML and CSS pocket guides authored by my Schematic colleagues, Bruce Hyslop and Chris Casciano.

Past Experience

Peace Over Violence

Summer 2006 — 2007

I worked as a consultant for this LA-based domestic abuse non-profit, creating a custom content management system in Ruby on Rails as well as dynamic Flash movie players and slideshows. Working with the graphic design team at RMCD, the goal was creating an easy to use, flexible system that “just worked” with the beautiful new branding, launched in October 2006. We launched the sister site, Denim Day in LA, which used a lighter, custom MVC written in PHP, in April 2007.

Rebeca Mendéz Communication Design

Spring 2006 — 2007

The goal of her site is to cleanly display all of her great work while creating a distinction between Rebeca the designer and Rebeca the artist. I built a custom content management system in Ruby on Rails, with smart file management and a simple image request application.

The Mighty

2005 — 2007

I learned Ruby on Rails while making the first three or four iterations of my fraternity chapter's web site (the current version is not my work). I built a large, multiuser private section, with access control, attendance tracking, and various data exporters.

Summer 2005 – Winter 2005

I assisted in moving the existing Processing web site to web standards, first porting the XML-based content management system from perl to PHP, and recoding all the table-based templates to a use a single CSS-based layout.

UCLA Department of Special Collections

Spring 2005 – Spring 2007

My day job during college, I spent over two years as a public service assistant, which entailed patron supervision, photocopying and scanning (with some image manipulation), invoicing and mailing, and preparation of rare and special materials for storage and transportation.


University of California, Los Angeles

2003 — 2007

Bachelors of Arts in Design | Media Arts
Summa Cum Laude
Grade Point Average

Going to design school made me realize that as much as I love design, typography, and motion, I am a programmer at heart. But I value my design education immensely for the people I worked with and the skills and vocabulary I developed. I hope to work closely with designers throughout my career, and I am proud of the fact that I can speak the language and appreciate design processes.

UCLA was also an invaluable resource of classes outside my major. In addition to design I studied Film History, Music History, Communications, and Psychology extensively.

Design Courses Completed

  • Visual Technologies
  • Interactive & Media Art
  • Letterforms & Typography
  • Programming Media II
  • Design of Virtual Form
  • Design for Print Media
  • Integrative Typography
  • Dynamic Web
  • Advanced Sound Design

Technical Skills

  • Handcoded HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • DOM Scripting
  • jQuery
  • YUI
  • HTML5 APIs
  • Mobile Web Development
  • Web Accessibility
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • iOS Development
  • Objective-C
  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • ActionScript 3
  • PHP
  • Shell Scripting
  • Processing
  • Git
  • Subversion
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Mac OS X/FreeBSD