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Chris Boren Developer, Designer,
Manager, and Father
โ€”Fullstack Staff Engineer at Clique Studiosโ€” Los Angeles, California
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Hi, I'm Chris Boren, a web developer with over a decade of experience. ๐Ÿ‘‹

I started my journey in the tech industry by fixing computers for a software company in Metro Detroit and eventually co-founded a repair shop called Detroit Geeks. Throughout my career, I've continuously evolved and embraced new challenges, which eventually led me to specialize as a Staff Engineer.

As a Staff Engineer at Clique Studios, I leverage my extensive expertise to drive technical excellence and create remarkable digital experiences. Collaborating with some of the industry's biggest brands, I design and develop cutting-edge websites and web applications that captivate audiences and deliver tangible results. I bring a unique perspective to the table, combining my strong technical skills with strategic thinking and leadership capabilities.

My role as a Staff Engineer goes beyond writing code. I provide technical leadership, mentorship, and guidance to my team, ensuring the successful delivery of projects while upholding high standards of quality and innovation. With a proven track record of working with major international companies, I bring a wealth of experience in architecting scalable solutions, driving innovation, and fostering collaboration across cross-functional teams.

If you're in search of a web developer who can not only write exceptional code but also bring a strategic and leadership-oriented mindset to your projects, let's connect. When I'm not immersed in coding, you can find me enjoying the pleasant California weather with my wife, our amazing 3-year-old son, and our two furry cats named after the legendary Star Trek character "Dax" (๐Ÿ––๐Ÿป).

I've worked on some cool projects over the years, here are some of my favorites:

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Idea Exchange Platform

  • React
  • TypeScript
  • Next.js
  • Frontend Lead
  • 2020โ€”2021

I served as the front-end lead for a cutting-edge idea exchange platform. Leveraging Laravel Nova and Next.js/React/TypeScript, I helped lead a team that created a headless system that enabled seamless SSO login via the client's existing SSO solution. My responsibilities included conducting tech stack research, overseeing front-end development, and mentoring team members. This platform functions as an internal hub for sharing articles and marketing ideas, with interactive features like post likes and comments. Praised for its speed, user experience, and aesthetics, the project expanded to become a central hub for empoloyees and contractors.

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

  • FullStack
  • WordPress / Sage
  • Full Calendar
  • 2018

I had the privilege of being the full-stack developer for the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre website, where I brought my technical expertise to enhance the user experience. Working closely with the designer, I implemented a textured font with a randomized grain appearance, adding visual interest to the website. On the backend, I seamlessly integrated live event data from AXS, synchronized it with a custom WordPress post type, and created custom API endpoints for smooth integration with Full Calendar. Additionally, I developed a solution to seamlessly incorporate parts of the website into their smartphone app, optimizing accessibility across platforms. These contributions elevated the functionality of the website, reinforcing its position as a premier music venue..

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Modernization of DMV Online Services

  • Frontend
  • CSS
  • Vanilla JavaScript
  • 2023

As the technical lead for a Secretary of State website modernization project, I not only collaborated with our in-house designers and the state's IT specialists but also provided guidance on WCAG accessibility. My insights were pivotal in shaping a website that's both accessible and modern, as we together revamped the outmoded HTML through the use of refined CSS and JavaScript. The updated platform now effectively serves virtually every resident in the state for automotive registration and a host of other services. This significant transformation has not only elevated the user experience but also paved the way for further design and development opportunities. This project showcases my blend of technical prowess and strategic vision, bringing about impactful results.

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Global Hotel Intranet Overhaul

  • Sharepoint
  • React
  • CSS
  • 2022

As a technology consultant and front-end developer on this project, I had the privilege of collaborating with a prominent organization to revamp their corporate intranet system, used by tens of thousands of employees daily. Working closely with our designers and their internal IT team, I spearheaded the implementation of a redesign, employing a React-based Sharepoint solution as well as a CSS-only solution for Umbraco. The project made a significant impact and led to further design and development opportunities. With a proven track record of successful client engagements, I bring a valuable blend of technical expertise and strategic consulting to deliver exceptional results.

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Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Frontend
  • WordPress / Sage
  • SCSS
  • 2019

As the lead front-end engineer for the Lincoln Park Zoo website revamp in 2019, I spearheaded the transformation of this extensive project. With over 20 unique templates and more than 500 pages, we embarked on a mission to create an exceptional user experience. Our collaborative efforts resulted in the development of a captivating and mobile-optimized interactive map, along with playful animations throughout the site. Although the website has undergone modifications since its launch due to the Zoo taking management in-house, you can still explore an archived version showcasing our smooth animations and immersive homepage by visiting the provided link.

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Recent & Upcoming Events

Denver Startup Week

September 19thโ€“23rd 2022 The PastDenver, CO, USA

Speaker: Level up your career with (soft) skill points!

Thank you to everyone who joined me in Denver!
Slides are now available here ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Jamstack Conf 2022

November 7thโ€“8th 2022 Also the pastSan Francisco, CA, USA


I'll be attending the Jamstack Conf this November in San Francisco!