PATRICK COLLINS

Hi. I'm Patrick. I'm a strategic thinking civic technologist, communications and design specialist, and process improving obsessive. I've spent my life doing all things digital. Let's do something great together.

WORK

Web Design

Fort Lyon

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Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community provides recovery-oriented transitional housing for homeless individuals.

Division of Housing Affordable Housing

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This site tracks the number of affordable housing opportunities the State of Colorado has funded each fiscal year.

Engaged Across Colorado

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A campaign to show how the Department of Local Affairs' grant dollars impact counties around the State with project highlights and real data.

DOLA Communications Tool & Services

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An internal site to answer the constant question, "What does the communications team do?"

Occasional Guides

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The eCommerce site for my range of city guides to Denver.

Clever Turnip

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A landing page for a local grocer.

Black Eye Coffee

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A landing page for a local coffee shop.





Web Development

Financial Assistance Lookup Tool

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Allows users to look up financial assistance totals by county geography. Built as an internal tool, turned external. Javascript, CSV parsing.

Housing Assessment Statistics Autofill

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An autofill tool that takes a county/municipality as an input and provides critical census stats for a community housing assessment tool. Javascript, Census API.

HOME Rent/Income Limits Lookup

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A tool for landlords to find the Rent/Income limits of a certain county. Javascript, Google Sheets integration.





Visual Design

Affordable Housing Guide

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Event Fliers

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Charts

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Main Street Template

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Occasional Sandwiches

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Flowcharts

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Pocket Guides

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Angry Man Magazines

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RESUME

Education

www.colorado.edu // University of Colorado, Boulder
August 2003 to May 2008
Graduated with BA in Linguistics



Professional Experience



State of Colorado - Department Of Local Affairs

www.colorado.gov/dola
Digital Communications Specialist & Strategist // Denver, CO
September 2015 to Current

As part of the Executive Director’s Office at DOLA, I help craft the overall digital strategy including content and digital messaging. I design and hand-code minisites with an expert knowledge of the Pacific Drupal platform. I’m a passionate advocate for our users and employees, understanding their needs and how technology and process improvement can serve both better.

  • Contribute strategic decisions and guidance that led to cost avoidance of more than $100,000
  • Design and enforce templates for external and internal web pages, presentations and print publications including brochures, reports and guides
  • Implement LEAN strategies for process and workflow efficiency
  • Create data visualizations to showcase public data in a transparent, easy to understand way
  • Provide interpretations of analytics and other data to inform data-driven decision making
  • Practice agile and human centered design processes in everyday work, teaching skills and fundamentals through collaboration on projects
  • Utilize HTML, CSS, and Javascript to create unique program specific applications

Colorado Interactive

www.colorado.gov
Content Management Specialist // Denver, CO
March 2015 to September 2015
My main creating solutions to many user experience, information architecture and content strategy problems for the Governor’s office, Department of Regulatory Affairs, Department of Local Affairs, and Colorado Energy Office. I also helped with website migration of government entities and technical support of our custom Drupal content management system.

  • Created wireframes and navigation redesigns in each website migration
  • Strategized with government entities on content, audience and how to best meet user needs
  • Conducted pre-launch user testing on the newly redesigned www.colorado.gov and every new deployment of the Pacific Drupal CMS

Occasional Guides

www.occasionalguides.com
Owner, Creative Director // Denver, CO
August 2014 to March 2015
I created a city guide company and published two guides to Denver. I wrote and designed the guides myself, and created a professional eCommerce website to sell them directly, as well as an outreach strategy that landed our guides in shops around Denver.

  • Hand-coded website using HTML, CSS and Javascript working within the Bootstrap framework

gyro:

www.gyro.com
Engagement Associate // Denver, CO
December 2013 to August 2014
At gyro I took on responsibilities across many of our divisions which included ideation, event planning and project management for the strategic thinking event series gyro:scope; copy editing and proofreading on clients like TD Ameritrade, DCP Midstream and Johns Manville; and researching, designing and managing our RFA/RFP responses as part of the new business team. 

Fitpro

www.fitpro.com
Editor & Technical Strategist // Denver, CO
May 2013 to December 2013
I defined the brand strategy, managed social media, reported analytics and helped launch a redesigned version of the flagship online property with user testing, design input and user stories.  I also project managed the company-wide learning content management system and edited content for all of Fitpro's online platforms, not just PTontheNet.

PTontheNet (subsidiary of Fitpro)

www.ptonthenet.com
Production Editor // Denver, CO
August 2012 to May 2013
I content edited all articles, blogs and videos and created a short-term strategy and implementation plan for new and existing online properties. In addition, I contributed to the procurement of a new learning content management system and then oversaw it’s launch, including organizing and editing all of the content that was used by large gyms and personal trainers for customized training courses.  

Freelance Writing, Strategy, Design

www.anotherpatrickcollins.com
October 2010 - August 2012
I created written content for Beck's Beer, The State of Victoria, The City of Melbourne and Barefoot Radler Beer. I also worked on strategy, content and design for Black Eye Coffee, The Clever Turnip, Privateer Rum, Angry Man Magazines and Denver, of Course.

Shore Fire Media

www.shorefiremedia.com
Digital Strategy Coordinator // New York City, NY
December 2009 to September 2010
I executed social and online press strategies for multiple clients and was the company-wide resource on digital strategy for our entire roster, including advising current traditional PR clients and helping sell our digital services. 

Right Angle Studio

www.rightanglestudio.com.au
Associate Editor // Melbourne, AUS
August 2008 to July 2009
I managed writers, created content and strategized creative marketing campaigns for our city guide as well as other projects for the State of Victoria, City of Melbourne and private clients.

Internship Experience

www.shorefire.com // Shore Fire Media, Autumn 2009 // New York City, NY
www.heebmagazine.com // Heeb Magazine, Summer 2009 // New York City, NY
www.friendlyfirerecordings.com // Friendly Fire Recordings, Summer 2009 // New York City, NY
www.spectremusic.com // Spectre Entertainment Group, Summer 2007 // Portland, OR

Expertise

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Publisher)
  • Google Apps Suite (Docs, Sheets, Mail, Drive, Forms, Slides, Sites, Calendar, Analytics, Meet, Optimize)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Premiere)
  • Content Management Systems (Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, many custom solutions)
  • Email Marketing platforms (MailChimp, Constant Contact, Emma)
  • Wireframing/prototyping software (Sketch, Axure, Visio)
  • HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Advanced interpersonal and problem solving skills