Zijian Yan

Frontend Developer

with a background in the Arts

I'm Zi, a New York-based developer focused on React, Node, JavaScript, and building great web apps with impactful design. I believe a great frontend developer should have abilities that extend through the full stack, from the UX all the way to the database.

In addition, a lifetime in the arts has rewarded me with professional experience in web design, graphic design, illustration, film, audio, and music.

I'm excited to bring all those skills to you.

  • JavaScript
  • React.js / Redux
  • React Native
  • Vue.js / Vuex
  • Webpack / Babel
  • Material Design / UI
  • jQuery
  • Node.js
  • Express.js
  • SQL / PostgreSQL
  • Sequelize
  • AJAX
  • REST API Services
  • Authentication
  • Websockets / Socket.io
Other Technologies
  • Git
  • TDD with Mocha / Chai
  • Heroku / Travis CI
  • Docker
  • Wordpress
  • Gatsby.js
  • TypeScript
  • GraphQL
  • Agile Methodology
Art + Design
  • Web design, Branding design, Graphic design, Illustration, Videography, Film editing, Audio engineering, Music composition

    Sketch, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Material Design, Webflow, Zeplin, Final Cut Pro, AVID Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

Fullstack Academy

New York, NY // 2018
Software Engineering

Columbia University

New York, NY  //  2014
MFA in Film Directing

New York University

New York, NY  //  2010
BA in Cinema Studies
and Music Composition

Frontend Developer

Freelance & Contract // New York, NY //  2019
Programmed complex user interfaces for data-intensive web applications, handling multiple layers of API calls and state management. Built reusable, modularized components in both React/Redux and Vue/Vuex frameworks. Collaborated with creative and UX teams to implement CSS/SASS with precision. Worked tightly with backend developers to architect database models, establish RESTful routes, and integrate the full stack. Wrote clean, maintainable, and scalable code.

Software Engineering Teaching Fellow

Fullstack Academy of Code // New York, NY //  2018-2019
Mentored students in Fullstack Academy’s renowned JavaScript immersive program. Performed code reviews and provided feedback for Node and React applications. Hosted weekly workshops to practice one-on-one interviews with algorithms and data structures.

Creative Lead & Senior Web Designer

Wonderist Agency // San Diego, CA  //  2015-2018
Spearheaded the expansion of web design and graphic design departments. Established workflow systems and optimized pipelines, managing multiple web and print project simultaneously. Created stunning website designs, logos, and print materials that made proven increases in client revenue.

Digital Designer

The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art // Los Angeles, CA  //  2014
Designed the backbone of an online advertising campaign, including landing pages, banner ads, emails, and print. Filmed professional illustration tutorials with industry-leading artists to form LAAFA’s cutting-edge online curriculum.

Quality Controller

The Criterion Collection // New York, NY //  2010
As part of the renowned Criterion team, gathered the greatest films from around the world and published them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning extras. Hand-restored Akira Kurosawa's film "Seven Samurai" for release in 4K video.
Adobe Design Achievement Awards Finalist
Alfred P. Sloan Grant Winner
Columbia University Fellowship
NYU Trustee and Tisch Scholarship
Coding, digital painting, writing @pianosketches, and the common good.
Work is love made visible.
- Kahlil Gibran


An Android app built using React Native, designed to capture and generate a color palette from a photograph. Built using Node, Axios, Webpack, Babel, React, Redux, React Native, Expo, and Google Cloud Vision image analysis and artificial intelligence.

Shut Up and Draw!

A mobile-friendly app bringing telephone pictionary to the web. Built with SQL, Postgres, Sequelize, Node, Express, AWS S3, OAuth, Twilio, Socket.io, Webpack, Babel, React, Redux, Material-UI, Mocha, Chai, and Travis CI.

Grace Shopper

A full-stack e-commerce website built using SQL, Postgres, Sequelize, Node, Express, Stripe payment processing integration, Token authentication, Webpack, Babel, React, Redux, and Material-UI.

Roll Call

NODE + REACT web app
A full-stack web app built to manage the enrollment and disenrollment of students from a database of schools. Built using SQL, Postgres, Sequelize, Node, Express, Webpack, Babel, React, Redux, and Material-UI.

Zijian Yan was born in Venezuela, grew up in Wisconsin, and studied at Columbia University and NYU. His career has approached code with the creativity of art, and art with the precision of code. He's ready to join your team.

New York, NY
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