Benjamin M. Schaaf / @benschaaf / 616-292-3191


I’m a talented web developer with more than 9 years experience building websites. I create websites that are smart, fun, intuitive, and attractive.

  • Skills:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • SCSS
  • Responsive Web Design
  • WordPress
  • ExpressionEngine
  • Drupal
  • Magento
  • JavaScript
  • CoffeeScript
  • jQuery
  • Backbone JS
  • AngularJS
  • API Design
  • PHP
  • Ruby (Beginner)
  • E-Commerce
  • Roles:
  • Technical Director
  • Technical Enablement
  • Senior Interactive Producer
  • Front-end Developer
  • Lead Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Information Architect
  • SEO
  • Mobile Enthusiast
  • QA
  • Tools:
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Sublime Text
  • Compass
  • Sass
  • Susy
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Zurb Foundation
  • Modernizr
  • HTML5 Boilerplate
  • Transmit
  • Chrome
  • Spotify
  • Gulp
  • Notable Clients:
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Consumers Energy
  • Dyson
  • NuStep
  • Steelcase
  • The Ark
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • University of Michigan - School of Education
  • University of Michigan - Ross School of Business
  • Yale


Team Detroit

Tech Enablement Specialist

Team Detroit is a full-service marketing agency that serves Fortune 10 clients, located in Dearborn, Michigan. At Team Detroit, my role is to guide clients into making sound technical decisions.

  • Key Results:
  • API Design
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Technical resource for global project
  • Educate clients on new and upcoming technologies

University of Michigan - Michigan Creative

Web Developer

Michigan Creative is the marketing and branding agency at University of Michigan. At Michigan Creative, my role is to build scalable websites and applications for the many colleges, departments, and campus inititives.

  • Key Results:
  • Build high-traffic websites
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Educate and advocate for current front-end processes and trends to co-workers and clients
  • Create a more cohesive and collaborative creative process


Technical Director

Someoddpilot is a branding agency and design studio located in Chicago, Illinios. At Someoddpilot, my role was to translate high-end design to top-end development.

  • Key Results:
  • Project planning and management
  • Improved web development workflow
  • Educated co-workers and clients on front-end trends and terminology
  • Built and maintained beautiful websites

Level Up Tuts

Co-Founder & Instructor

Level Up Tuts is an online education resource for front-end web developers. Level Up Tuts produces and distributes free video tutorials on a wide variety of front-end topics.

  • Key Results:
  • Over 2,400,000 views
  • Viewed for more than 4,000,000 minutes and 26,000+ subscribers
  • Viewed in more than 110 countries around the world


Senior Interactive Producer

At Q, I planned and developed complex websites for a diverse customer base. I managed the web department and all multimedia projects.

  • Key Results:
  • Wrote and presented proposals to prospect clients
  • Trained employees and clients on web platforms
  • Guest lectured at University of Michigan School of Information
  • Project Manager, Team Leader, and Lead Developer for Q projects and events
  • Hired in 2008, promoted in 2010

Mediaspan Software

Site Coordinator & Technical Sales

At MediaSpan, I effectively and efficiently developed websites on MediaSpan’s proprietary CMS, “C4”. Additionally, I oversaw all CMS implementations, product trainings, and the support team.

  • Key Results:
  • 50+ sites successfully launched
  • Streamlined “Go Live” (signed contract through launch) process
  • Assisted sales team and generated revenue
  • Authored technical and product documentation
  • Traveled extensively to 20 states and three countries
  • Hired in 2005, promoted in 2007

Ben Schaaf (Freelance)


I manage all business activities including bidding on projects, website design, development, launch, documentation, and support. I work with an array of customers, with varying backgrounds and business types.

  • Successfully run independent profitable operation
  • Assembled a network of technical specialists
  • Built strong relationship with clients leading to many referrals

Selected Works

Ross Business School

Full-responsive custom Drupal site for perennial Top 10 Grad School

  • Features:
  • RWD
  • CSS3 Animations
  • Drupal
  • Custom modules

University Record

Full-responsive custom Drupal site for one of the University news outlets

  • Features:
  • RWD
  • CSS3 Animations
  • Drupal

Wayne State Press

E-commerce custom Drupal site for WSU's Press

  • Features:
  • HTML5
  • CSS3 Animations
  • Drupal Commerce

More examples may be requested, if needed.