J Scott Smith

J Scott Smith

Senior Software Engineer
@HMBradley in Santa Monica 🌴


Software engineer working to develop modern user interfaces for web products. Intent on building user-friendly applications that are performant and accessible while writing code that is tested, scalable and maintainable. Love for all things creative on the web.

Experience Highlights

4+ years working with React and Node to build modern web apps with Redux/Flux.

  • Utilized the latest modern JavaScript via Babel, ES6 and beyond
  • Shipped production code often and managed releases with Git Flow
  • Reviewed and approved all downstream code through PRs before releasing
  • Tested server APIs and user interfaces with Jest, Enzyme and Mocha
  • Managed database migrations to support new features or deprecate old
  • Implemented server-side rendering with server and client-side fetching
  • Customized build systems like Webpack and Gulp to fit project needs
  • Optimized apps for client-side performance on mobile and desktop
  • Worked with Docker and continuous integration systems like Jenkins/Travis

6+ years working with JavaScript and libraries to build websites and interactive experiences.

  • Crafted animated experiences with HTML Canvas, SVG and WebGL APIs
  • Used functional and OOP paradigms to build DRY maintainable programs
  • Built accessible custom interfaces to ARIA standards
  • Configured, adapted, and utilized numerous content management systems
  • Always built mobile first, responsive, adaptive front-ends to best serve all devices
  • Developed style systems with modern scss tooling for creating robust brand interfaces

8+ years experience in creative primarily for web.

  • Designed websites, web apps, and user interfaces with style guides
  • Created annotated wireframes and user flows for websites and web apps
  • Built brand identities, developed logos, and designed custom typefaces
  • Skilled with motion graphics, animation design, and typography
  • Background as a 3D artist specialized in character animation and rigging

10+ years working with web technologies like HTML/CSS.

  • Complete knowledge of web fundamentals
  • Familiar with all browser quirks, past (IE) and present (Safari)
  • Utilized graceful degradations or progressive enhancements
  • Created semantic HTML documents optimized for SEO and accessibility

Recent Work History


Senior Software Engineer

Building a new banking experience rewarding high interest rate returns for customers who save.

March 2020 to Present


Senior Software Engineer

Working with executive leadership to rapidly prototype and concept new products that would expand Fair's consumer vehicle offerings. Focused on frontend technologies by contributing to internal tooling utilized by the operations team, developing and testing shared libraries for UI with storybook and React, and releasing new features to Fair.com for business needs. As an automotive fintech company, Fair provides a new way to get access to a vehicle all on your phone.

May 2019 to March 2020


Senior Web Engineer

Full-stack test-driven React development for GumGum's core products to support their computer vision advertising business. Working in an agile environment developing and deploying new features each sprint, managing product releases or hotfixes, providing mentoring and guidance to team contributors, and reviewing all downstream code through PR workflows. Additional responsibilities include demoing products to the company and stakeholders, interviewing engineer and design candidates, writing and contributing to GumGum's tech blog, attending meetups or community events, and contributing to the development of Gumdrops, GumGum's open sourced React component UI library.

November 2017 to May 2019


Lead Front-end Developer

Front-end developer leading the production of ReactJS web apps from end-to-end while managing other team members and coordinating with producers to ship projects with tight deadlines. Applied the latest JavaScript patterns to architect rich animated experiences with the latest browser APIs. Focused on building organized, DRY, maintainable codebases with accessible presentation layers.

April 2015 to November 2017

Work History

Big Storm Creative Studio

Designer and Web Developer


CSU Chancellor’s Office

Graphic Designer


California State University Summer Arts

Graphic Designer


Visual Purple

3D Artist and Animator



A non-exhaustive list of technologies or software I've worked with:

  • JavaScript ES6+
  • React JS
  • Flux/Redux/MobX
  • Node JS
  • Jest/Mocha/Enzyme
  • SQL/Sequelize
  • Webpack/Gulp/Parcel/Rollup
  • Babel
  • Git/GitFlow
  • Agile/Scrum
  • Docker
  • Canvas
  • GreenSock
  • Lottie/Bodymovin
  • HTML5/CSS3
  • Backbone MVC
  • PHP
  • Sketch
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • After Effects
  • InDesign


  • TypeScript
  • GraphQL
  • Electron
  • React Native
  • WebGL
  • Open source
  • A11y/ARIA
  • Web performance
  • Typography
  • Web accessibility
  • Functional programming
  • Unit testing
  • UI design
  • UX concepting
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Animation


California State University, Long Beach

BFA Graphic Design


Book Shop Ads: Creative Advertising School


CSU Summer Arts


Long Beach City College


Allan Hancock College


Awards & Honors

Young Ones Advertising Competition Finalists in Client Pitch - 2012

Magna Cum Laude - 2012

Fine Arts Affliates Scholarship - 2010

Mary Stephens, V.P. Administration and Finance Purchase Award - 2010

Insights University Art Museum Annual Show - 2008, 2010, 2012

CSULB President’s List of Honors - 2008–2012

Santa Maria Arts Council Grant - 2007