JP DeVries specializes in Web Development and Object-Oriented Programming. A California native, JP went to college in Portland Oregon, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. During his college journey he interned at Nemo Design as an Interactive Developer, which led to a full time position upon graduation. JP brings to the industry a unique combination of skills in Graphic Design and Web Development.
He has called Portland his home since 2004. He jokingly refers to himself as a pale programmer, a reference to the rainy Portland climate. In addition to being a city in which to earn a great education, Portland lured JP to make it his home because nearby mountains provide the perfect place to indulge in his favorite past time – snowboarding. From a young age, JP aspired to one day put his imprint on the snowboarding industry’s powerful design esthetic. Many such dreams were realized working with Trevor Graves of Nemo Design, building a site for professional snowboarder Travis Rice, and working with the iconic designers of Wilderness Office, Aaron Draplin, David Nakamoto, and Goo Phemister on many projects.
JP holds a philosophy that teaching and supporting other programmers serves to make the industry stronger. After becoming adept in Object-Oriented programming, specifically AS3, he was pleased to accept an offer from his alma mater, The Art Institute of Portland to teach in the Web Design & Interactive Media Department, which included taking students through an introduction to the Flash Timeline, beginning ActionScript and Object-Oriented programming. JP shared his own creative methods with students he saw as his future competition in the industry.
In May 2013 and working together with Mark Hamstra JP redefined how MODX site builders can interact with their content by releasing Redactor for MODX. Redactor is a premium WYSIWYG Editor that is full integrated into the MODX Revolution Manager.