Wade Hammes | Web Development and UX Design

I'm Wade Hammes, a senior front-end engineer for Skyword in Washington, D.C. Majority of my time is spent working with React and Wordpress, focused on building performant user interfaces, websites, and scalable design systems.

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  • Skyword

    Skyword 2019 Redesign - UX, Wordpress Development


    Complete redesign and overhaul of the Skyword brand. This custom Wordpress development had huge SEO implications: over 4,000+ pages/posts had to be pared down and imported. Performance was the goal here: WebP for images, HTTP2, IntersectionObserver for lazy loading, CDN, caching, and more. As a result, we grade B on GTMetrix and all A's on webpagetest.org.

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  • Concrete General, Inc.

    Concrete General, Inc. - Brand Development, UX, Web Design & Development

    Concrete General, Inc.

    Concrete General, Inc is a Prime Contractor in the heavy highway civil construction industries. I delivered a complete UX and UI overhaul with a fully custom Wordpress theme, and a custom-built bid portal utilizing Mailgun subscriptions and bulk file downloads.

    Credits / Brand Development: Dean Johnson

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  • Delmarva Site Development

    Delmarva Site Development - UX, Web Design & Development

    Delmarva Site Development

    Delmarva is the premiere site development team in the DMV area, but before this website refresh, their online brand looked dated and lacked the funcationality to drive more proposal leads. I helped work them through a complete UX and UI overhaul with a fully custom Wordpress theme.

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  • Armige Agency

    Armigé Agency - Web Design & Development

    Armigé Agency

    Armigé is a booking agency based out of NYC focused on curating a lineup of DJs/Producer who bring life and journies to their sets. Some of their artists include Igor Vicente, Subb-an, German Brigante, Cry Baby, and more. The site is a custom Wordpress theme, utilizing Gigwell and Bands in Town APIs.

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  • Tortoise and the Snare

    Tortoise and the Snare - Web Design & Development

    Tortoise and the Snare

    Tortoise and the Snare was DC's premiere electronic music blog, founded by myself and two friends in early 2016, and closed in 2017 due to other endeavors. It saw tremendous growth within the local community of DC in that time, with nearly 10k traffic per month to its articles.

  • Experius VR

    Experius VR - Web Design & Development

    Experius VR

    Experius VR approached me with the need to bring their new VR filming company to the web, and with it showcase some of the early VR potential web browsers use today. Using Three.js, I was able to bring them panoramic VR experiences right to the browser. The site is a custom Wordpress theme built using CSS4.

  • Heliskope

    Heliskope - Web Design & Development


    Heliskope was a drone photography and videography endeavor between myself and my best friend. We closed up shop due to the heavy sanctions and permitting put on drone flying in the DC area (essentially a no-fly zone for 15 mile radius). Site is still live for nostalgia. Custom Wordpress (one of the first I ever did).

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  • CJ Foreign Car

    CJ Foreign Car - Web Development

    CJ Foreign Car

    CJ Foreign Car needed a new web presence to better convert from their Google Adwords campaign. I helped bring their CTA's up front, and gave them a clean, modern design. Designed/built in 2012, this was one of the first websites I built fron start to finish.

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  • Future Is Podcast

    Future Is Podcast - Web Design & Development / Branding

    Future Is Podcast

    Future Is Podcast is a podcast I ran with Ryan Bates. It paired both a journalistic approach with traditional podcasting and added a dash of art (each episode had a guest artist providing the artwork). Another project of mine that is no longer in service, and I have no archive of the episodes. Custom Wordpress build.

  • Zos Communications

    Zos Communications - Web Design & Development

    Zos Communications

    Zos Communicaions approached me with a need for a much updated site to better reflect the brand. Turned out, they needed a whole rebranding and we delivered.

    Credits / Designer: Mike Nugent Copy Writing: Dot Johnson

  • Borromeo Housing

    Borromeo Housing - Web Design & Development

    Borromeo Housing / Createathon DC

    This website was conceived, designed and developed in 72 hours at the Createathon DC as a volunteer effort. This was a very rewarding experience working to help a great cause earn a better web presence.

    Credits / WDG Creatathon

  • JobCompass

    JobCompass Landing Page - PSD Design


    JobCompass needed better conversions from their landing pages during an ongoing email campaign. This page was so successful, they used it as the concept for their new homepage.


  • TrackMaven Facebook Benchmarks

    Trackmaven Facebook Advertising Benchmarks


    In 2018, TrackMaven launched their Ads product in our core application (which I've been working on as well), and I put together this page to highlight the $82M in Facebook advertising spend we analyzed from over 500 B2B and B2C brands between January - August 2018.

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  • Trackmaven 2017 Redesign

    Trackmaven Marketing Site 2017 Redesign - Wordpress Development


    Beginning of January, I put aside my application work and began building our new forward facing Wordpress site, with a goal for performance and lean code. Utilizing new HTTP2 protocols and Cloudfront content delivery, as well as PostCSS generated CSS under 60kb sitewide, we were able to achieive a 50% faster site experience over our last site.

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  • TrackMaven 2015 Redesign

    Trackmaven Marketing Site 2015 Redesign - Wordpress Development


    As TrackMaven's sole front-end developer for two years before we built a team devoted to front-end architecture, I was tasked with rebuilding and maintaining the custom Wordpress theme for our massive marketing site. Built using CSS4 via Postcss.

  • TrackMaven Email Alerts

    TrackMaven Alerts - Email Development


    TrackMaven was on the verge of their launch and needed their platform notification emails to be built out — and work in every client on every browser and device.

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Pappas Group

  • Tombs Restuarant

    The Tombs - Web Development

    Clyde's Restaurant Group

    The Tombs, an old landmark on the Georgetown University campus, approached us to modernize their web presence while keeping the old school feel.

    Credits / Art Direction: Sean Wallace ⋅ Designer: Jia Li

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  • Pappas Group Slant

    Pappas Group Slant - Web Development

    Pappas Group

    On the cusp of a new rebrand, Slant is our thought-leadership column researching many of our industry's trending topics.

    Credits / Art Direction: Anthony Pappas ⋅ Spencer Slemenda

  • Made Market

    Made Market - Web Development

    Made Market by Doubletree

    Made Market, a restaurant/cafe spinoff by Doubletree Hotels, is a place to grab a quick, wholesome bite to eat without resorting to nasty fast food.

    Credits / Design: Kyle Conrad ⋅ Co-development: Patrick Glynn, Marty Minton

  • XO Beauty Behind IT

    XO Beauty Behind IT - Web Development

    XO Communications

    The Beauty Behind IT for XO Communications was a campaign to show the beauty behind a seemingly boring industry. We brought in well-known JS artists to create experiences based around each product.

    Credits / Art Direction: Spencer Slemenda

  • NCTA Redesign

    NCTA Redesign - UX Design


    NCTA tasked us to create a redesign that had the modern look-and-feel as their member companies (HBO, Showtime), but still positioned them as a reputable information resource.

    Credits / Art Direction: Spencer Slemenda ⋅ Designer: Kyle Conrad

  • XO Intelligent WAN

    XO Intelligent WAN - Web Development

    XO Communications

    The Intelligent WAN campaign for XO helped create buzz and provide information around XO's new WAN solution.

    Credits / Art Direction: Spencer Slemenda ⋅ Co-development: Austin Laverty

  • Comcast Business Class iPad App

    Comcast Business Class iPad App - UX Design

    Comcast Small Business

    Comcast Small Business wanted to outfit their reps with an easy way to get qoutes for perspective customers while out in the field.

    Credits / Art Direction: Spencer Slemenda ⋅ Designer: Kyle Conrad

  • Ballston Bid Redesign

    Ballston BID Redesign - UX Design

    Ballston BID

    Ballston, a neighborhood in Arlington, VA, is quickly growing in the business sector — with this increase in growth, the BID needed a site to best showcase what the town has to offer to future corporate tenants.

    Credits / Art Direction: Stefan Poulos ⋅ Designer: Mike Nugent ⋅ Development: Patrick Glynn


Currently, I work full-time for Skyword in Washington, D.C. I freelance from time to time, depending on the project and my schedule. If you have an idea you want to bring to life or are in need of a new website, let's chat.