About Jim

I’m a web developer and teacher in Washington, D.C. with more than 1,800 hours of classroom experience teaching HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP/MySQL, and WordPress; and my online classes have enrolled nearly 30,000 students. I especially like teaching beginners!

I’m formerly an adjunct instructor at the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts. I’ve led workshops for non-profits, design firms, and media companies like The Washington Post, PBS, and National Public Radio.

I lead photography workshops with National Geographic Photo Camp and sit on the board of advisors for VisionWorkshops, helping inner-city teenagers document their lives and communities in India, Jordan, Uganda, and all over the United States.

I’m committed to helping nonprofit organizations, and with my Boston University students I’ve overseen pro-bono redesigns of nearly a dozen DC-area groups, including The Grassroot Project, Signature Theatre, and Computer Core.

Formerly, I was the design lead for National Geographic Digital Media, overseeing the site’s design and front-end development. I presided over three site-wide redesigns, won a Webby award, created a navigation scheme which cut bounce rates by a third, directed an in-house usability testing lab, and worked with YouTube, iTunes, MySpace and Joost.

My commercial photography has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, GQ, Bon Appetit, The Washington Post, NPR.org, Yahoo! and MSN. My stock photos are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

I’d love to talk with you! If you’d like, please get in touch.