About Me

About Julie E. Hayes

My story as a Front End Developer/UX Designer began in 5th grade. I had just gotten my first computer and joined the computer club at school where I learned C++. I loved every minute of it, but as the only girl in class, I was quickly shunned out. I gave up on coding, until for my internship in graduate school required me to maintain the Women's Resource Center Website. I learned HTML/CSS through the University's employee professional development classes and maintained the website for over a year. I loved spending my Saturdays working with the code and updating content.

After receiving my Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration (a degree with a triple focus in Adult Human Development, Research and Organizational Psychology), I started my first full-time job as a Complex Director at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. While there, I had my first experience in User Experience Design. I was requested to work with the IT department to design a interface for a previously paper-run process. I designed the interface, outlined the workflow and worked with the IT to build the system. After it was built, I successfully tested, worked with IT to create some final edits and then trained my peers and supervisor to use the new system. When deployed, the new system saved my supervisor approximately 20 hours of work a week, and my peers between 10-20, depending on their workload.

In 2011, I had the ability to move to Boston, where my family is from when I accepted a job at Bridgewater State University. There, I had the opportunity to build and maintain intranet pages relating to my responsibilities. I also utilized Sharepoint to build online processes to replace paper processes and helped design the department's external facing site.

Many of my friends working in various startup companies, and after hearing me speak of the technical aspects of my work, encouraged me to apply to the Startup Institute Boston to chase my previously abandoned dream of working with code. I was accepted into the 2014 class, and fell in love with code all over again. I lose myself for hours learning JavaScript as well as HTML/CSS.

I'm looking for a position where I can work regularly with code, design amazing interfaces and experiences at a company making a difference in the world. If this sounds like you, feel free to check out my resume or contact me!

Patience and perseverance overcomes fear and frustration, every time.

Patricia Johnson

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman

Smile at those who often begrudge or hurt you, show them what possibly is missing in their life and what they cannot take away from you.

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Below are a few selected works. Click on the picture for more detailed information on each project. While I have been working on User Experience and Front End Web Development for many years, all of my work from my career in higher education is either protected by FERPA or no longer available. I am willing to explain in detail my process and outcomes of many of my projects.



Leadership TED Talk

I agree with all of this talk. Great leaders do make it safe for their employees...Read More...

Code, code, code... and cookies!

Hello! It has been a bit since I wrote! I've been keeping myself busy with training and coding. I've been working through the Angular tutorial on the Angular website. Read More...


Sample Website

When I created this website,I envisioned a French inspired shop with white wrought iron chairs and a focus on beautiful presentation of both coffee and food. I selected a color palette of coffee brown, creamy white and a teal blue accent color.

Illinois Friends of Midwives

This logo was created for the Illinois Friends of Midwives on request from their president. The direction given was a stylized beansprout with "ILFOM" across the top. The client also selected the color palette. I felt that this leaf fulfilled both their desire to keep in line with the bean sprout logo as well as a stylized mother holding her child. This logo will be used on their website as well as paper publications.

Edx.org Mobile Mockup

Mockup was created for my Startup Institute Boston application, creating a mobile application for EdX.org. My focus was on meeting user needs by focusing on two of what I believed the most useful parts of the mobile experience: Course Updates and Grades. I was inspired in part by the graph feature of Nike+ as a way to showcase grades. All fonts and colors were drawn from the EdX.org website. Full mockup available at Behance.